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McLintock! (1963)

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Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

James Edward Grant (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... George Washington 'G.W.' McLintock
Maureen O'Hara ... Katherine Gilhooley McLintock
Patrick Wayne ... Devlin Warren
Stefanie Powers ... Rebecca 'Becky' McLintock
Jack Kruschen ... Jake Birnbaum
Chill Wills ... Drago
Yvonne De Carlo ... Louise Warren
Jerry Van Dyke ... Matt Douglas Jr.
Edgar Buchanan ... Bunny Dull
Bruce Cabot ... Ben Sage
Perry Lopez ... Davey Elk
Strother Martin ... Agard
Gordon Jones ... Matt Douglas
Robert Lowery ... Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphrey
Hank Worden ... Curly Fletcher
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Storyline

George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He's also surprised to see that his wife Katherine has also returned. She had left him some years before without really explaining what he had done, but she does make the point of saying that she's returned to take their daughter back to the State Capitol with her. GW is highly respected by everyone around him, including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

McLintock See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The inspiration for this raucous John Wayne comedy was none other than William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", which producer Michael Wayne and director Andrew V. McLaglen thought would have even more of a comedic kick if it were set in the Old West. See more »

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When Mrs. Warren asks if anything is wrong, and Ching says, "No birdsnest soup," he sets down his chopsticks next to his plate. In the next shot, he sets them down again, resting on his plate. See more »

Quotes

Lem: Mr. McClintock, what does "unprepossessing" mean?
George Washington McLintock: I was called that once, Lem. Looked it up in the dictionary. It's best you don't know what it means.
Lem: Aha. Thank you.
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"John Wayne Estate Authorized Edition" of McLintock is digitally remastered and in stereo. Contains the original music, background music, musical scenes, and dialogue (these are dubbed out in some other home video versions of the film). See more »


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Love in the Country
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"The Taming of the Shrew "Goes West!
19 October 2005 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"McClintock" is loosely based on William Skakespesre's "The Taming of the Shrew". It is not your usual John Wayne western (in fact he doesn't draw his six shooter even once), but is more of a broad comedy with a tip of the hat to John Ford.

This film was the first to be produced by Wayne's son Michael who had basically taken over the running of Wayne's production company Batjac. It also was the first major feature to be directed by Andrew V. McLaglen who had learned his trade as an assistant on previous Wayne features and on TV. He is also the son of former Wayne co-star Victor McLaglan.

The story is simple. G.W. McClintock (Wayne) is rough and tumble hard drinking rancher whose estranged wife of two years, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara) has returned to try to gain custody of their daughter Becky (Stephanie Powers). The conflict between the two forms the basis for the rest of the picture. Into the mix comes a widowed settler Mrs. Warren (Yvonne DeCarlo) and her son Devlin (Patrick Wayne) who becomes enamored of Becky. The chemistry between Wayne and O'Hara makes this film go. The big gruff Wayne vs. the fiery Irish redhead provides much of the humor of the piece.

The scene for which this film is probably best remembered is the fight at the top of a mud slide Most of the combatants, including the two stars wind up going down the slide into a pool of mud below. And then there's the climatic chase through the streets.

The film features most of the members of the John Wayne stock company. Chill Wills plays Wayne's foreman Drago, Bruce Cabot as a rival rancher, Hank Worden as "Curley", Ed Faulkner as Cabot's son, Chuck Roberson as the Sheriff and Bob Steele as a train engineer.

Other familiar faces include Jack Kruschen as storekeeper Jake Birnbaum, Jerry Van Dyke as Junior a rival suitor for Becky, Perry Lopez as Davey Elk an educated Indian, Strother Martin as Agard the Indian agent, Gordon Jones as Douglas, McClintock's longtime nemesis, Robert Lowery as the governor, Michael Pate as Puma the Commanche chief, Marie Blanchard as saloon girl Camille and Leo Gordon as the settler who is the first to go down the famous mud slide.

A little devoid of action (there are no gunfights or saloon brawls), McClintock remains one of Wayne's most popular films.

The Paramount DVD release is billed as the "Authentic" Collector's Edition. Some years ago, the film somehow fell into the public domain and an inferior version of the film has been floating about the bargain bins as a result. This release however, restores the film to its widescreen aspect ratio as well as, showing its rich and vibrant colors. There is also interviews with the ageless Maureen O'Hara (still looking as beautiful as ever in her 80s) and Stephanie Powers who looks better now than she did in the film. Leonard Maltin hosts the various segments and provides a feature length commentary along with film historian Frank Thompson, O'Hara, Powers and Michael Pate.

Great fun.


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