Trailer for the classic John Ford-directed western, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Walter Brennan, Linda Darnell, Tim Holt and Walter Brennan.

A highly fictionalized and inaccurate retelling of the Wyatt Earp legend, the film owes more to two previous films — 1934 and 1939 — titled FRONTIER MARSHAL, than history. Ford’s deft directorial touch and a superb cast only reinforce the philosophy uttered in one of Fiord’s later western classics, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962): “If the legend fits, print the legend.”

Per Wikipedia: “After holding a preview screening of the film, 20th Century Fox studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck felt Ford’s original cut was too long and had some weak spots, so he had Lloyd Bacon shoot new footage and heavily edited the film.”

“While Ford’s original cut of the film has not survived, a ‘pre-release” cut’– dating from a few months after the preview screening — was discovered in the UCLA film archives; this version preserves some additional footage as well as alternative scoring and editing. UCLA film preservationist Robert Gitt edited a version of the film that incorporates some of the earlier version. Perhaps the most significant change is the film’s ending; in Ford’s original version, Earp awkwardly shakes hands with Clementine Carter. In the version released in 1946, Earp kisses her on the cheek”

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