My Darling Clementine (1946)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
149 Maine St., Brunswick, Maine
Presented by Bowdoin Cinema Studies
Hosted by Tricia Welsch, director, Cinema Studies Program, Bowdoin College.
“Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his two brothers indefinitely extend their stay in Tombstone after discovering their cattle stolen and other brother murdered, most likely by another all-male familial clan, the Clantons. Revenge against the Clantons soon quickly takes a back seat, however, as newly minted town sheriff Earp soon finds himself embroiled in a ever-fluctuating friendship-cum-rivalry with Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), a black-clad local powerbroker. Prone to heavy boozing and intimidation of local riffraff, Holliday also appreciates the finer things in life, like sipping champagne and reciting Shakespearean soliloquies from memory, signs of a more-cultured past back East that he mysteriously abandoned for the anonymity of the West. This history catches up with Holliday soon enough in the form of Clementine Carter (Cathy Downs), a nurse and former lover who has scoured the frontier in search of him. Their reunion is complicated by Holliday’s self-destructive rejection of his former life and his present romance with local saloon singer Chihuahua (Linda Darnell)—not to mention Earp’s tentative interest in Carter” - Matthew Connolly, Slant. ”Astonishingly, this masterpiece starring Henry Fonda as the upright town-taming marshal Wyatt Earp, and culminating in the 1881 gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, was only Ford’s second western of the sound era (the first was Stagecoach in 1939). Marking the director’s homecoming to Hollywood after distinguished war service, Henry Fonda also returned from active service as a naval officer to play the part in the film, his fourth collaboration with Ford” - Roger Ebert.