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YMMV / My Darling Clementine

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  • Adaptation Displacement: It's a very close remake of the 1939 film Frontier Marshal, starring Randolph Scott and Cesar Romero, with some scenes mirrored almost shot-for-shot. Which itself was a remake of a 1934 film starring George O'Brien. All three films are based on Stuart N. Lake's popular, but historically dubious, biography Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Pa Clanton's attempt to shoot Wyatt after the gunfight: one last attempt at vengeance or Suicide by Cop?
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  • Award Snub: The film was completely ignored at the Academy Awards.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The titular Clementine is a completely fictional character created specifically for the film, contrasting the main cast who are all fictionalized versions of actual historical figures. And yet, she's still a fan favorite for being a Small Role, Big Impact type and Cathy Downs' memorable performance, being kind, fair and respectable, and eventually deciding to stay in Tombstone as the new schoolmarm, so she pretty much represents the new civilized Tombstone.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A sexy, glamourous character named . . . Chihuahua. (For the record: The dog breed was known in America at the time the film was made, but only really took off in popularity in the 1960s.)
  • Jerkass Woobie: Chihuahua. A Clingy Jealous Girl towards Clementine, whom she sees as a threat to her relationship with Doc, but she doesn't deserve the mistreatment she receives from everyone in Tombstone. She's abused constantly for being half Apache.
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  • Memetic Mutation: The iconic scenes during Wyatt and Clementine's time in the church, especially the dance scenes.
  • Signature Scene: Wyatt and Clementine dancing at the church raising, symbolizing the arrival of civilization to the Wild West.


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