(John Ford, US 1946, 97 min., 35mm)
Part of the Ford, Fonda, and the Duke series that Jack Garner programmed at the Dryden in 2014, My Darling Clementine is perhaps the most famous retelling of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda), driving cattle with his brothers through Arizona, stops into the town of Tombstone for a drink. When he gets back to camp to find his brother murdered, Wyatt decides to accept an offer to become Marshall of the territory and bring his brother’s killer to justice. Enlisting the help of his remaining brothers and Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), the investigation leads to a shootout with the Clantons. Director John Ford met Wyatt Earp when the gunfighter moved to Hollywood late in his life, and Ford claims the representation of the shootout in this film is just as Earp described it. The western was a very important genre to Jack—a comfort that he would return to again and again.
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We Knew Jack “When your character is called master and commander, you better be a take-charge guy.” This bon mot begins Jack Garner’s 2003 review of one of his favorites of that year.
We Knew Jack The last time Jack Garner graced the Dryden Theatre in the course of a public program was in 2019 when we honored Robert Forster with a double feature of some of the actor’s most iconic roles. Jack considered Forster a friend for several decades and was honored to introduce these two films to the audience that day.
By Popular Demand | We Knew Jack | Orson Welles’s Birthday! “I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I couldn’t stop watching. I submit that that’s one definition of an essential film.” Jack Garner would often cite Citizen Kane as his favorite film—he taught it in classes and brought it up in conversation.