See Fonda in 'My Darling Clementine'

The matinee film series on Henry Fonda presented by Barrington librarian Doug Swiszcz continues Wednesday with one of John Ford's westerns.

Join librarian and film enthusiast Doug Swiszcz for Fond of Fonda: A Movie Lecture Series Saluting Henry Fonda on Wednesday at 2 pm at the Barrington Public Library.

The film Swiszcz features this week is My Darling Clementine.

John Ford, one of the great directors of westerns, imbues the movie with his usual mythic sense of Americana, eschewing factual accuracy for a kind of cinematic poetry,” said Swiszcz.

“Fonda plays Wyatt Earp, who agrees to be marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, after one of his brothers is killed by the cattle-rustling Clanton gang. Victor Mature is the self-loathing, consumptive Doc Holliday, who joins forces with Earp and his brothers at the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral against the Clantons.”

“Linda Darnell is Holliday’s saloon girl Chihuahua, and Cathy Downs is sweet Clementine Carter, left behind by Holliday but now of interest to Earp,” said Swiszcz. 

The movie is Fonda’s first film after serving in World War II, he said.

Clementine presented the actor with a role that tapped into the maturity that he had acquired during battle,” said Swiszcz.

The unrated 1946 movie is in black and white, and runs for 97 minutes. Swiszcz will provide commentary before screening the free film. 

Here is the rest of the Fonda line-up:

March 27: 12 Angry Men (1957) – Fonda is the lone dissenting juror in the trial of a  young man accused of killing his father. (Black & white, 96 min.)

April 3: Clarence Darrow (1974) – Fonda’s videotaped-for-television film as the famed lawyer is a one-man tour-de-force. (Color, 81 min.)


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