Day 9 – A Film With Your Favorite Actor (Male)
Henry Fonda has been in roughly a billion great movies. The better known 12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Lady Eve all boast really great Fonda performances. His lesser known films like Young Mr. Lincoln, Fort Apache, and My Darling Clementine are just as good. While John Wayne is known as John Ford’s muse, Fonda was also in a bunch of his movies. My Darling Clementine is a Ford western telling the story of the shootout at the OK Corral. Fonda plays Wyatt Earp as a more relaxed guy and sells the titular romance well. It’s not all that far off from his normal roles (for that you can go to The Lady Eve and OUATITW) but his normal roles are what I like so much about him. He’s not a superhero, he’s just a guy trying to do good in the world.
- Ward Bond is also in MDC. If I could pick another guy for this day it might be him. He seems to be in every movie made between 1930 and 1960.
- Check out this clip (it’s kind of long but worth it) to see some awesome Ward Bond-ness, Henry Fonda dancing and John Ford community building.