John Ford

My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine

John Ford takes on the legend of the O.K. Corral shoot-out in this multilayered, exceptionally well-constructed western, one of the director’s very best films. Henry Fonda cuts an iconic figure as Wyatt Earp, the sturdy lawman who sets about the task of shaping up the disorderly Arizona town of Tombstone, and Victor Mature gives the performance of his career as the boozy, tubercular gambler and gunman Doc Holliday. Though initially at cross-purposes, the pair ultimately team up to confront the violent Clanton gang. Affecting and stunningly photographed, My Darling Clementine is a story of the triumph of civilization over the Wild West from American cinema’s consummate mythmaker.

Film Info

  • John Ford
  • United States
  • 1946
  • 97 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #732

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration of the theatrical release version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • High-definition presentation of the 103-minute prerelease version of the film
  • New audio commentary featuring John Ford biographer Joseph McBride
  • New interview with western historian Andrew C. Isenberg about the real Wyatt Earp
  • Comparison of the two versions by film preservationist Robert Gitt
  • New video essay by Ford scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Bandit’s Wager, a 1916 silent western short costarring Ford and directed by his brother, Francis Ford, featuring new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • NBC television reports from 1963 and 1975 about the history of Tombstone and Monument Valley
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation from 1947 starring Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Jenkins

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration of the theatrical release version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • High-definition presentation of the 103-minute prerelease version of the film
  • New audio commentary featuring John Ford biographer Joseph McBride
  • New interview with western historian Andrew C. Isenberg about the real Wyatt Earp
  • Comparison of the two versions by film preservationist Robert Gitt
  • New video essay by Ford scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Bandit’s Wager, a 1916 silent western short costarring Ford and directed by his brother, Francis Ford, featuring new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • NBC television reports from 1963 and 1975 about the history of Tombstone and Monument Valley
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation from 1947 starring Henry Fonda and Cathy Downs
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Jenkins

New cover by F. Ron Miller

My Darling Clementine
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
Russell Simpson
John Simpson
Don Garner
James Earp
Credits
Director
John Ford
Presented by
Darryl F. Zanuck
Produced by
Samuel G. Engel
Screenplay
Samuel G. Engel
Screenplay
Winston Miller
From a story by
Sam Hellman
Based on a book by
Stuart N. Lake
Director of photography
Joseph MacDonald
Art direction
James Basevi
Art direction
Lyle Wheeler
Set decorations
Thomas Little
Set decorations associate
Fred J. Rode
Film editor
Dorothy Spencer
Costumes
René Hubert
Makeup artist
Ben Nye
Special photographic effects
Fred Sersen
Sound
Eugene Grossman
Sound
Roger Heman
Music direction
Alfred Newman
Music
Cyril Mockridge
Orchestral arrangements
Edward Powell

From The Current

Three Reasons: My Darling Clementine
Three Reasons: My Darling Clementine

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My Darling Clementine: The Great Beyond
My Darling Clementine: The Great Beyond

What happens offscreen is as important as what’s on- in John Ford’s subtle, elegiac take on the Wyatt Earp–Doc Holliday story.

By David Jenkins

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