My Darling Clementine (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Darling Clementine1946

My Darling Clementine (1946)



Critic Consensus: Canny and coolly confident, My Darling Clementine is a definitive dramatization of the Wyatt Earp legend that shoots from the hip and hits its target in breezy style.

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John Ford's western takes its inspiration from the life and legend of Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda), the frontier lawman who teamed with Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) for the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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Henry Fonda
as Wyatt Earp
Victor Mature
as Doc John Holliday
Linda Darnell
as Chihuahua
Walter Brennan
as Old Man Clanton
Tim Holt
as Virgil Earp
Cathy Downs
as Clementine
Ward Bond
as Morgan Earp
Alan Mowbray
as Granville Thorndyke
John Ireland
as Billy Clanton
Grant Withers
as Ike Clanton
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Mac the Bartender
Russell Simpson
as John Simpson
Don Garner
as James Earp
Francis Ford
as Town Drunk
Ben Hall
as Barber
Arthur J. Walsh
as Hotel Clerk
Louis Mercier
as Francois
Mickey Simpson
as Sam Clanton
Fred Libby
as Phin Clanton
William B. Davidson
as Owner of Oriental Saloon
Earle Foxe
as Gambler
Aleth "Speed" Hansen
as Guitar Player-Townsman
Dan Borzage
as Accordian Player/Townsman
C.E. Anderson
as Townsman
Duke R. Lee
as Townsman
Don Barclay
as Opera house owner
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Robert Adler
as Stagecoach Driver
Jack Pennick
as Stagecoach Driver
Frank Conlan
as Piano Player
Charles Stevens
as Indian Charlie
Harry Woods
as Marshal
Danny Borzage
as Accordionist
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Critic Reviews for My Darling Clementine

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5)

Ford the mythmaker was at the height of his powers in 1946's My Darling Clementine, but it's a remarkably relaxed and assured piece of work.

October 13, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

If ever there was a gateway drug to the happy addiction of Hollywood oaters, this is it.

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The film subtly complicates viewer expectations early on, eschewing clear-cut character rivalries in favor of more complex emotional and social configurations.

January 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

That the title mentions neither Earp nor the O.K. Corral is an indication of the lightness with which Clementine carries the legendary baggage of its subject matter.

April 4, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

My Darling Clementine must be one of the sweetest and most good-hearted of all Westerns.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

My Darling Clementine continues to be a solid movie where the Western acquires a curious perspective of the ordinary. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Darling Clementine

Built by Ford, John Ford, with part mythos about the gunfight at the OK Corral, part nostalgia for the generation this film was intended signified by the use of the song of the title, and part myth building for what they wanted to become. I googled the town of Tombstone, AZ and Monument Valley and they're miles apart and yet in Ford's vision they're virtual neighbors. This is perfect filmmaking for projecting what its intended audience wanted to see, a mirror reflection of their loves, and indeed beautiful to behold.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It is a welcome surprise to see a lighthearted Western that places its importance more on the characters than on the famous real gunfight depicted - and the deep-focus shots are beautiful -, but still the film has trouble with maintaining the focus and pacing in the second act.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fonda is fantastic as Wyatt Earp and featuring Walter Brennan's most sinister performance.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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