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Exiled in New Jersey

Get thee to 'Clementine,' Lance. It's part fiction, part John Ford hokum, replete with spectacular miscasting like Linda Darnell as Doc's girlfriend, but it also has the nastiest Walter Brennan you've ever seen. You will take from it the image of Fonda, the best Earp ever, sitting on the porch, balancing on a chair and talking with brothers Ward Bond and Tim Holt. Did I tell you about the music and the wonderful bit part of Alan Mowbray as the wandering Shakespearean actor, with Victor Mature's Doc helping him finish his Hamlet speech? It's the only OK Corral to have when you're having more than one.


This was great. And makes me much more interested in Earp. (I like the pull from Little Big Man, too - good reminder about a book I liked but read quite a while ago).

I've been wanting to ask - do we get to request movies/TV shows/books to be analyzed? Just wondering.


Jill, Name the movie/TV show/book.

Little Big Man is one of my favorites; in fact, I think it's one of the great American novels.


One of my best impressions---well, one of my only passable impressions---is a dual impression of Fonda and Walter Brennan in the scene where they confront each other in the hotel just after the Clantons have murdered Earp's kid brother, Jimmy.

I can also do Wyatt's/Fonda's trick with the chair on the porch.

My Darling Clementine isn't just my favorite Wyatt Earp movie, it's one of my favorite movies, period. And although the story doesn't track very well with the history, Fonda does capture some of what Jack Crabb calls Earp's meanness. The scene where he leaves the barber's chair to put a stop to the drunken Indian's rampage is great.


Interesting you liked Little Big Man so much. I've recently found out another friend of mine is also a big fan - a big fan of most of Berger's work, actually. I did not have the same response although I did like it. But, I mostly was reading it because I had enjoyed the movie and was surprised to find there was a book.

I was really asking about some kind of on-line request line in general and for future reference more than having one specific topic to cover (but if it comes up - the last three interesting movies I saw - "The Dying Gaul," "Brick" and "Hard Candy" or the last book - "Middlesex." Or even something about "Rome" and/or "House")

Ralph Hitchens

All this excellent analysis and no mention of Kevin Costner's Earp? Lots of brooding silence in that one.


You might want to check out "Law and Order," a 1932-ish version of the OK Corral story with the Earps named "Johnson" and the bad guys given other names. Walter Huston, Harry Carey, and a bunch of guys who look the way old westerners probably really looked. And you can see gaps in the wallboard, too.

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