October 1946: My Darling Clementine

As westerns go, it doesn’t get more western than a movie directed by John Ford starring Henry Fonda (!) as Wyatt Earp (!!) in Tombstone (!!!).

Shirley, I must have seen this movie before, but I really can’t remember anything about it…

This Criterion restoration of the film is almost … too much? The blacks are #000 and the greys are very dramatic and beautiful, but in some of the scenes things definitely are too dark. And has it been de-grained? Perhaps not; Ford used beautiful film stock for most his movies…

It’s (unsurprisingly) very good. The plot twists and turns in ways I didn’t expect, and while some of the performances are a bit hokey (Cathy Downs, for instance), it really works.

The bluray has two versions of the movie: Zanuck took the movie over and cut a whole bunch of footage (and added some new bits). A nitrate that contains many of these scenes was discovered at a university in the 90s, so we get that one too, as well as a comparison between the two versions.

My Darling Clementine. John Ford. 1946.

Popular movies in October 1946 according to IMDB:

170327.8My Darling Clementine
12507.4The Jolson Story
8177.1Dangerous Money
27957.1The Dark Mirror
2677.1The Crimson Ghost
10136.6Blue Skies
10846.6The Strange Woman
4186.4So Dark the Night

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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