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My Darling Clementine

Movie poster of 1946's My Darling Clementine.
Directed by John Ford
Produced by Samuel G. Engel
Written by Stuart N. Lake (book)
Sam Hellman (screen story)
Samuel G. Engel (screenplay)
Winston Miller (screenplay)
Starring Henry Fonda
Linda Darnell
Victor Mature
Cathy Downs
Grant Withers
Walter Brennan
Tim Holt
Ward Bond
Music by Cyril Mockridge
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Editing by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) December 3 1946 (U.S. release)
Running time 97 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

My Darling Clementine is a 1946 western film, directed by John Ford, based on the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral between the Earp brothers and the Clanton gang. It stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp, Victor Mature as Doc Holliday, Grant Withers as Ike Clanton and Walter Brennan as Old Man Clanton, with Linda Darnell, Cathy Downs, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Roy Roberts, Jane Darwell and Chief Tahachee. Image File history File links 1946. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director famous for westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers and adaptations of such classic 20th century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. ... Samuel G. Engel (December 29, 1904 – April 7, 1984) was a screenwriter and film producer from the 1930s through the 1960s. ... Samuel G. Engel (December 29, 1904 – April 7, 1984) was a screenwriter and film producer from the 1930s through the 1960s. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ... Victor Mature (29 January 1913 - 4 August 1999), an American film actor, was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a Tyrolean father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Mature. ... Cathy Downs (March 3, 1924 – December 8, 1976) was an American film actress. ... Grant Withers, (January 17, 1905, Pueblo, Colorado – March 27, 1959, North Hollywood, California), born Granville G. Withers, was a prolific American film actor with a sizeable body of work. ... Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was a three time Academy Award winning American actor. ... Tim Holt (February 5, 1919 – February 15, 1973) was an American film actor. ... Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 - November 5, 1960) was an American film actor. ... Cyril J. Mockridge (August 6, 1896 - January 18, 1979) was a film music composer who worked on such films as Nightmare Alley and Road House. ... David Buttolph (born James David Buttolph Jr. ... Dorothy Spencer (born 2 February 1909) in Covington, Kentucky, United States, was the multiple Academy Award-nominated American film editor most recognized for editing several of director John Fords films such as what film critic Roger Ebert calls, Fords greatest Western,[1]My Darling Clementine, as well as... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was an American film director famous for westerns such as Stagecoach and The Searchers and adaptations of such classic 20th century American novels as The Grapes of Wrath. ... Newspaper coverage of the fight. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929), was a farmer, teamster, sometime buffalo hunter, officer of the law in various Western frontier towns, gambler, saloon-keeper, and miner. ... Victor Mature (29 January 1913 - 4 August 1999), an American film actor, was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a Tyrolean father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Mature. ... John Henry Doc Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter of the American Old West frontier who is usually remembered for his associations with Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. ... Grant Withers, (January 17, 1905, Pueblo, Colorado – March 27, 1959, North Hollywood, California), born Granville G. Withers, was a prolific American film actor with a sizeable body of work. ... Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was a three time Academy Award winning American actor. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (born October 16, 1923; died April 10, 1965), was a American film actress. ... Cathy Downs (March 3, 1924 – December 8, 1976) was an American film actress. ... Tim Holt (February 5, 1919 – February 15, 1973) was an American film actor. ... Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 - November 5, 1960) was an American film actor. ... Alan Mowbray (August 18, 1896 - March 25, 1969), was an English stage and film actor who found success in Hollywood. ... John Benjamin Ireland (January 30, 1914 - March 21, 1992) was an actor. ... For other Roy Roberts with the same name, see Roy Roberts (disambiguation). ... Jane Darwell (born October 15, 1879; died August 13, 1967) was an Academy Award-winning American theater and film actress. ... Chief Tahachee (born Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert, 4 March 1904 in James Mill, Arkansas - died June 9, 1978 in San Gabriel, California) was an American-born Old Settler Cherokee Indian who was a stage and film actor, expert horseman, circus and wild west performer, contortionist and firewalker. ...


The movie was adapted by Samuel G. Engel, Sam Hellman, and Winston Miller from the book Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal by Stuart N. Lake. The title derives from the folk song "Oh My Darling, Clementine", which is sung in the movie. Whole scenes from an earlier version, produced by Sol M. Wurtzel, 1939's Frontier Marshal, directed by Alan Dwan, were reshot by Ford for this remake. Samuel G. Engel (December 29, 1904 – April 7, 1984) was a screenwriter and film producer from the 1930s through the 1960s. ... Stuart N. Lake (1889-09-23, Rome, New York – 1964-01-27, San Diego, California) was a writer whose material dealt largely with the American Old West. ... Oh My Darling, Clementine is an American western folk ballad usually credited to Percy Montrose (1884), though sometimes to Barker Bradford. ... Sol M. Wurtzel (September 12, 1881 - April 9, 1958) was an American motion picture producer. ... Frontier Marshal is a 1939 western film starring Randolph Scott as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. ... Allan Dwan (April 3, 1885 – December 28, 1981) was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer and screenwriter. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ...


In 1991, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Sam Peckinpah cited this, along with Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, as his favorite film of all time. The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... For other uses, see Seven Samurai (disambiguation). ...


Clips from the movie were prominently featured in the M*A*S*H fifth-season episode "Movie Tonight". Col. Potter says it has three things a movie needs: "horses, cowboys and horses." M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, inspired by the 1968 Richard Hooker (penname for H. Richard Hornberger) novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels, but primarily by the 1970 film MASH, and influenced by the 1961... Colonel Sherman T. Potter was a fictional character from the M*A*S*H television show. ...


Plot summary

In 1882, the Earp brothers Wyatt, James, Morgan and Virgil are driving cattle to California when they cross the Clanton family led by the "Old Man". Told of a nearby town, Tombstone, the older brothers ride in, leaving the youngest brother James to watch over the cattle. The Earps quickly find Tombstone a lawless town. When they return to their camp, they find the cattle rustled and James dead. Seeking vengeance, Wyatt returns to Tombstone and takes the open job of town marshall, meeting with the local powers, Doc Holliday and the Clantons, again and again in order to find out who was responsible. In the meantime, a young woman from Boston named Clementine arrives in town...


Historical inaccuracies

John Ford developed the concept for My Darling Clementine from his association with Wyatt Earp in the Hollywood of the 1920s. While the film does not represent itself as history, and in fact may be classed as an historical romance, viewers have noted the following discrepancies from the known facts: Historical romance is a subgenre of the romance novel literary genre. ...

  • The ages of the Earp brothers are wrong. In the movie, James is a teenager, Virgil is in his twenties, Wyatt is thirty, and Morgan is the oldest. In actuality, at the time of the OK Corral gunfight, James was 40, Virgil was 38, Wyatt was 33, and Morgan was 30. There was a younger brother Warren in real life who does not appear in the movie.
  • Wyatt is depicted as being the town marshal of Tombstone, and Virgil and Morgan as his deputies. In fact, Virgil was the town marshal (according to some sources, his actual title was "chief of police"), and Morgan and Wyatt were his deputies.
  • James and Virgil are depicted as getting killed: James during the cattle rustling scene, and Virgil shot in the back before the gunfight takes place. James actually lived until 1926 and Virgil survived the gunfight (only to be wounded during an attempted assassination as retaliation). The only Earp to be killed in Tombstone was Morgan, and that was months after the gunfight.
  • Doc Holliday is depicted as having gotten his degree in medicine. In fact, Holliday was a dentist, not a physician or surgeon.
  • Doc Holliday is shown critically wounded and dying by the end of the gunfight. He survived in real life with a minor bruise and lived for years afterward, dying in Colorado in 1887 from tuberculosis.
  • "Old Man" Clanton is shown as a major participant in the feud between the Clantons and the Earps and takes part in the gunfight. (This is also true of the later film Gunfight at the OK Corral.) In fact he was killed in August 1881, well before the gunfight took place.
  • Billy Clanton is shown getting killed well before the gunfight, where he actually died. Ike Clanton and other Clanton brothers are seen getting killed at the gunfight, but this did not happen.
  • The movie depicts Wyatt and Doc meeting for the first time in Tombstone. They had in reality met years earlier at Fort Griffin, Texas and were good friends by the time both arrived at Tombstone.
  • In the movie, the Earps are portrayed as cattlemen who casually stop in Tombstone for a drink and a shave only to get caught up in a rivalry with the Clantons. In truth, they had planned to move to Tombstone to start businesses and get in on the gambling and mining claims that were thriving there.
  • The gunfight is portrayed as an epic, street-wide running battle lasting minutes. In fact the fight lasted no longer than 30 seconds.
  • Rather than being a bachelor falling in love with a visiting teacher, Wyatt had arrived to Tombstone with a wife (as did his brothers) and during his stay there had fallen in love with actress Josephine Marcus.

Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for tubercle bacillus) is a common and deadly infectious disease caused by mycobacteria, mainly Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ... The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was an event of legendary proportion which has been portrayed in numerous Western films. ... Fort Griffin was a Cavalry fort established in the late 1860s in northwest Texas, specifically northwestern Shackelford County, to give settlers protection from early Comanche and Kiowa raids. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...

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