Darling Clementine Cowboy Hat
Our take on the Darling Clementine Cowboy Hat – This great looking hat is a cousin of the Open Range and a relation of the Wasey, and the Conagher. Smaller brimmed then the Open Range it’s also similar to the hat seen in The Man who shot Liberty Valance.
This acclaimed John Ford western from 1949 starts off in the middle of a long cattle drive, where Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and his brothers decide to take a night off the trail, and head into the nearby town of Tombstone.
When they head back to their camp the next day they find their cattle stolen, and one of the brothers is dead. Wyatt suspects the Clanton family, owners of the O.K. Corral, but before doing anything rash decides to run for sheriff, thereby making his revenge legal.
Naturally Wyatt wins the election and becomes sheriff of Tombstone and starts an unlikely friendship with an alcoholic gambler, Doc Holiday (Victor Mature). Earp also takes a liking to Holiday’s former girlfriend, Clementine (Cathy Downs).
My Darling Clementine, is one of the most disappointing films to anyone that knows the story of Wyatt Earp, the Clantons, and their time in Tombstone. And this is made even more sad because it is one of John Ford’s most celebrated movies, and he knew the true story of the Ok Corral and the Earp Clanton feud. But Fords depiction of these historical events is complete bunk.
- The Earp’s were never cowboys, never herded cattle.
- Didn’t arrive in Tombstone with a herd of cattle, let alone have them stolen.
- Old Man Clanton was 6 month’s dead before the Earp’s ever set foot in Tombstone
- The Clanton’s never owned the OK Corral
- Wyatt was never Sheriff of Tombstone, that was his brother Virgil.
- The casting of healthy, stocky, olive skinned Victor Mature, as the slightly built, pasty skinned dentist dying of tuberculosis, Doc Holiday, maybe the worst casting of a historical figure ever. Doesn’t even have a mustache!
- You almost get the feeling that John Ford thought he was bigger than history, could re-write it any which way he wanted. John Ford met the historical Wyatt Earp, when he was a young man in the early days of Hollywood, and Earp told him exactly how the gunfight at the OK Corral went down. Fords’ staging of the iconic gunfight at the Ok Corral is about as far removed from the reality of that day as you could get.
But great hats as always in these old westerns, and our Darling Clementine cowboy hat is one of them!