Saturday, 3 November 2007

My Darling Clementine

Dir: John Ford (The Grapes of Wrath, Fort Apache, The Searchers)
Cast: Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Linda Darnell
USA, 1946

Seen: October 28, 2007 thanks to Toronto Public Library

Reason to see: In preparation for Westerns month, it is listed in top westerns - The Best DVD's you’ve never seen, just missed or almost forgotten

It’s a little strange to see My Darling Clementine after seeing a film like Tombstone, it certainly seems a backwards way to view them but it was how I saw them. They both feature the characters Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and are set in the town of Tombstone. One thing I found interesting about it was that it’s clearly the story of Wyatt Earp (played by Henry Fonda) as a man looking for the simple life, however Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) who is the most powerful man in town is in my opinion, a much more interesting character. Speaking of characters, the title character Clementine was barely even in it which was quite the surprize. All in all there was an interesting story there, just not what I expected. A lot of the standard western elements were there but it fell a bit to the slow and dramatic style, and sometimes my interest wavered. I did think that Victor Mature’s performance was stellar, he really did steal the show anytime he was on screen.

Great quote “There is probably a lot of nice people around here, we just haven’t met them yet.”

Shannon's Overall View:
I thought it was a pretty good movie but didn’t like it as much as some of the other westerns I’ve seen

I would watch it again

Would I recommend it as a classic western

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Jamie said...

I love the quote.

I wonder how many movies have been made about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday? If I'm right, there's even been a Star Trek episode!

Suzie Ridler said...

I think you're right Jamie, that seems to ring a bell!

I'm wondering if you should watch them kind of in chronological order? Goodness knows movies genres evolve over time. I'm just wondering for its day and age if it was a revolutionary movie but we wouldn't really know it to look at it against contemporary westerns? Just a thought!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Oh my I think there is a Star Trek episode about them!

I wonder what watching them in chronological order would be like. So far I've found I've tended to like the ones in the 60's the best. The ones I've seen so far have been all over in terms of timeline! hehe, well would be good for next time maybe!

Suzie Ridler said...

I just think it's so cool this is a new genre for you (which is kind of rare) that you could completely get a sense of the development through time. It would be quite a challenge though!

Ryan McNeil said...

Ah Clementine...home of one of my all-time favorite lines:

"Mac, have you ever been in love?"
"Nope. I've been a bartender all my life."

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