Film: My Darling Clementine
A 1946 Western
directed by John Ford
. It is one of many, many film depictions of Wyatt Earp, and the first to be explicitly structured around the shootout at the OK Corral. Henry Fonda
stars as Earp, with Victor Mature as Doc Holliday and Cathy Downs as the (historically unattested) title character.
The film opens with ex-lawman Earp working a cattle drive with his brothers. But when his cattle are rustled and his youngest brother killed, he accepts the marshalship of Tombstone in order to investigate and legally avenge these crimes. This sets in motion a ripple of escalating tensions that finally leads him to confront the Clanton family at the OK Corral. Viewers familiar with the film Tombstone
or with non-fiction accounts will recognize few particulars of the story, as the facts have been liberally rearranged
Has nothing to do with the song — which does, however, serve as theme music.
This film provides examples of:
- A Tankard of Moose Urine: In the extended pre-release version, Wyatt compares the champagne to "fermented vinegar."
- That Man Is Dead: Holliday, when Clementine tries to bring up his (decent and respectable) past. It's more explicit in the pre-release version.