Here’s one of the best All-Around Western Movies of all Times. It’s one Movie that’s very enjoyable, yet it beings a lot of food for thought with it. One is Giving and to Who and Why? And The Plight of the American Indians. But it’s fun. And it’s cute. But it’s all John Wayne and Maureen O’hara and Chill Wills and so many others. A fun Movie most enjoy seeing. Enjoy!
McLintock! is a 1963 American Western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne’s son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, and Yvonne DeCarlo (billed as special guest star). Loosely based on William Shakespeare‘s The Taming of the Shrew, the project was filmed in Technicolor and Panavision and produced by Wayne’s company, Batjac Productions.
|Theatrical film poster|
|Directed by||Andrew V. McLaglen|
|Produced by||Michael Wayne|
|Written by||James Edward Grant|
|Starring||John WayneMaureen O’Hara|
|Music by||De Vol|
|Cinematography||William H. Clothier|
|Edited by||Otho Lovering|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date||November 13, 1963|
|Running time||127 min.|
|Box office||$14.5 million|
Cattle, timber, and mining baron George Washington “G.W.” McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from wife Katherine (Maureen O’Hara), who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. She has been living as a socialite back East while their daughter Rebecca (whom G.W. calls “Becky”) (Stefanie Powers) is completing her college degree.
Following a meeting with a group of homesteaders whom he cautions against trying to farm on the Mesa Verde:
“God made that land for the buffalo. It serves pretty well for cattle. But it hates the plow! And even the government should know you can’t farm six thousand feet above sea level!”
He hires one of them, an attractive widow named Louise Warren (Yvonne De Carlo), as his cook and housekeeper. G.W. welcomes her two children and her into his home, including grown son Dev (Patrick Wayne), who is handy with his fists, good with cattle, and excellent as a chess player, who had to leave Purdue University on account of his father’s death.Jack Kruschen, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara,and Chill Wills
Katherine (a.k.a. Katie), returns to the town of McLintock, seeking a divorce from G.W. He declines to give her one, having no idea why she has been so angry with him and why she moved out two years ago.
Following a misunderstanding that leads to a Comanche subchief nearly being lynched by a hotheaded settler father who believes his daughter has been kidnapped, a gigantic brawl erupts at the mud slide by one of McLintock’s mines. Surprisingly, Katherine gets involved in the brawl, fighting on her estranged husband’s behalf as she takes a hatpin from her hat and sticks it in one of the participant’s backside. She attempts the same maneuver on G.W, but this backfired as G.W. inadvertently knocks Katherine down the mudslide, causing her to get muddy in the pool at the bottom. McClintock soon follows, knocking Katherine in the mud again, which she gets up and yells furiously at G.W., “You and your friends.” The fight eventually stops when “Running Buffalo” tells McClintock from the top of the mudslide “Whoooa Maclin, Whoooa, Marlin, good party, but no whiskey, we go home.” as the Indians disperse from the area.
Rebecca “Becky” McLintock returns to town, along with her banjo-playing love interest, “Junior” Douglas (Jerry Van Dyke). Junior is approved of by Katherine, but not G.W. She soon falls for Dev (of whom G.W. approves wholeheartedly), though,and they become engaged after he takes her across his knee and spanks her with a coal shovel following a sharp exchange between them. Becky had accused him of insulting her honor and asked G.W. to shoot him. In her words, “If you’re my father, if you love me, you’ll shoot him.” To which he replies that he is her father and he does love her. Grabbing a small pistol from a case in the living room, he aims and shoots Dev in the chest. He falls to the floor and Becky is totally shocked that G.W. actually did it. However, Dev is fine – the gun was loaded with a blank and used to start races. Becky races to Dev’s side to comfort him, whereupon he becomes angered at her insistence that G.W. shoot him. This leads to the spanking, G.W. handing him a coal shovel and then casually strolling out of the room as the spanking commences. Days later, when the young couple announces the engagement, G.W. and Mrs. Warren both give their blessings.
The same train that brought Becky home from college also brought back Chief Puma of the Comanche tribe, an honored enemy and blood brother of G.W., who has been released from prison by the federal government. The territorial governor is out to force the local Comanche tribe off their lands and onto a reservation near Fort Sill.
At the request of Chief Puma, McLintock acts as the spokesman for the Comanche, translating Puma’s speech into English at the kangaroo court hearing organized by Governor Humphrey. The governor announces that the Indians will be moved to Oklahoma, and Chief Puma and his subchiefs are imprisoned again. Disgusted by the mistreatment of Puma and his people, G.W. arranges a break out and an Army train is looted of a cargo of Krag-Jorgenson rifles and ammunition. The Comanche head out on what Puma had called “the last fight of the Comanche,” hotly pursued by the local troop of U.S. Cavalry. This has the effect of bringing what Humphrey and Agard, the local Indian agent, have been doing to the attention of Washington. Both are implied to be removed from office soon, and the Comanche will not be slaughtered.
At the Fourth of July celebration during which the Comanche breakout takes place, Katherine gets “tarred and feathered” with molasses and goose feathers in the general store. When she leaves to change clothing in the hotel, McLintock has finally had enough of Katherine’s bad behavior. Everyone tells him to beat her, in which he does not believe, but following one too many insults, G.W. pursues Katherine (who is now dressed in nothing but her corset and slip) through the streets and shops of the town like Nemesis. After an epic chase, during which Katherine loses her slip and is down to bloomers and corset, G.W. learns why she left as she believes he was unfaithful. As a compromise for his friend’s requests, he finally catches her and decides that he will spank her bottom with a coal scuttle as punishment – the same one Dev used on Becky. He paddles her in front of the entire town, flops her onto the ground before him, and tells her that now she can have her divorce. He then hands the coal scuttle to Dev saying, “Here, you may need it.”, to which Dev chuckles until he notices Becky glaring at him. Katherine ultimately decides she does not want a divorce, and G.W. and she happily reconcile.