Review: My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine – Criterion Edition

Wyatt Earp . . . a legendary figure of the old West, whose exploits have captivated theater-goers for over half a century, and yet the truth of who the man behind the legend was is still shrouded in the mythology  that has come to define and shape our understanding of the American West.

My Darling Clementine, directed by John Ford, is one of the films that not only helped shape and define the legend of Wyatt Earp, but it provided a hopeful and optimistic take on the mythology of the American West.

John Ford brought to Western films what Shakespeare brought to drama–a modest authenticity and a very poignant poetic substance. With My Darling Clementine, John Ford told the story of Wyatt Earp through simple, yet candid storytelling. This, combined with visually stunning cinematography, provided a unique and wholly original look at the old West.


Wyatt Eart films that are worth watching:


Directed by George P. Cosmatos

After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the OK Corral.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Directed by John Sturges

Explores the relationship between two of the West’s most celebrated legends – Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Earp is a U.S. Marshal in Dodge City and Holliday a dentist-turned-gambler who knows how to handle a gun. When Earp saves Holliday from mob violence, the foe become friends and join forces to rid the West of the lawless Clanton gang.

Wyatt Earp

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Kevin Costner plays the man who became a myth in this film directed and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan. Gene Hack stars as Wyatt’s iron-willed father and Dennis Quaid plays Earp’s deadly best friend, Doc Holiday. Covers everything from Wichita to Dodge City to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

*Description from WorldCat

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