MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946)
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.
“My Darling Clementine” is John Ford’s retelling of the Earp/Clanton fued, and the famous show down at the OK Corral. Ford embellishes on the story by centering the plot on the fictional character Clementine (Doc Holliday’s schoolteacher flame from back east).
The gunfight at the OK Corral is as close as you can get to an epic legend when studying the frontier and American west.
Join co-hosts Elysabeth Gwendolyn Belle and Robert Meyer Burnett as they take aim at this classic John Ford western starring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell and Victor Mature. It’s the first of six, classic westerns they’ll be reviewing in January.