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My Darling Clementine (1946)

The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Samuel G. Engel (screen play), Winston Miller (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... Wyatt Earp
Linda Darnell ... Chihuahua
Victor Mature ... Doc Holliday
Cathy Downs ... Clementine Carter
Walter Brennan ... Old Man Clanton
Tim Holt ... Virgil Earp
Ward Bond ... Morgan Earp
Alan Mowbray ... Granville Thorndyke
John Ireland ... Billy Clanton
Roy Roberts ... Mayor
Jane Darwell ... Kate Nelson
Grant Withers ... Ike Clanton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mac the Barman
Russell Simpson ... John Simpson
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Storyline

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She was everything the West was - young, fiery, exciting! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

November 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Ford's My Darling Clementine See more »

Filming Locations:

Shiprock, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (pre-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Sooner or later he wanted to dominate you," Winston Miller later noted of working with John Ford. One day during the scripting phase, Ford asked him if he thought it would hurt him in the business if the film didn't turn out well. "No, I've got other credits I can fall back on," Miller replied, failing to recognize that Ford was actually fishing for a compliment. "Ford kind of dummied up for a while . . . He kind of froze; he wanted me to say, 'Oh, no!'" See more »

Goofs

Before he is killed, James Earp shows the other brothers the silver piece he has bought for his sweetheart. Morgan Earp looks at it and tells him what a fine "gold" piece he has See more »

Quotes

[At his brother's grave]
Wyatt Earp: 1864, 1882. 18 years. You didn't get much of a chance did you James? I wrote to Pa and Cory Sue. They're gonna be all busted up over it. Cory Sue's young, but Pa. I guess he'll never get over it. I'll be comin' out to see you regular James. So will Morg and Virg. I'm gonna be around here for a while. Can't tell. Maybe when we leave this country young kids like you will be able to grow up and live safe.
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Alternate Versions

In 1994, an alternate "preview" version of the film was found that runs 103 or 104 minutes, according to different sources. In June 1946, director showed producer his cut of the film. Zanuck's opinion was that the film had some problems, so Zanuck reshot certain scenes with Director . Zanuck also recut other scenes, changed the music at certain points, and slightly altered the finale. In all, 35 minutes of footage was shot or recut, and the film was released at 97 minutes. Both the 103-104 min. archival preview print and the 97 min. release print are on the Fox DVD released January 6, 2004. See more »


Soundtracks

Camptown Races
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in the bar
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My Darling Clementine
22 July 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

John Ford's exquisite film about marshall of Tombstone, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and their incredible gunfight against the Clantons at the O.K.Corral. Dramatic and wonderfully brooding, Ford employs it all here; perfect lighting, superb photography and as always, a fabulous and unmatched use of the camera. Many other films have been made on this subject, but you need look no further than this cinematic masterpiece.


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