Sunday, January 24, 2010

McLintock


McLintock (1963)is a comedy western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
and stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The film is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

The movie co-stars Patrick Wayne, Yvonne de Carlo, Stefanie Powers, Chill Wills, and Jerry Van Dyke.

There are also classic performance by some of our best loved character actors: Edgar Buchanan, Hank Worden, Strother Martin and Chuck Roberson.

The movie also features John Wayne's daughter Aissa Wayne as Alice Warren.

George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is the owner of the largest ranch in the territory in the southwestern town of McLintock , which also includes a mine and a lumber mill.




McLintock'w wife, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara) walked out on him two years ago without a word of explanation. She has been living back east with high society.




Drago (Chill Wills) is McLintock's partner and friend.




Devlin Warren (Patrick Wayne) is McLintock's recently hired hand who has eyes for his daughter Becky.




Louise Warren (Yvonne de Carlo) is the mother of Devlin and is hired to be McLintock's cook. She is also engaged in a battle of wills with Katherine.




Becky (Stefanie Powers) is Katherine and McLintock's daughter. She has just returned from college.




Matt Douglas, Jr., (Jerry Van Dyke) is Becky's Harvard beau. His father is one of McLintock's old enemies.




Matt Douglas (Gordon Jones) is a corrupt land agent and McLintock's arch enemy.

McLintock has his hands full.

First, there a group of homesteaders out of the area who are pouring in with the support of the government, hoping to farm on land that's just barely adequate for cattle to graze on.

Second, the government is trying to push the Indians, whose chiefs are some of McLintock's oldest enemies and his best and most honored friends, by shipping them off to a reservation, where they'll be cared for like old women. The Indians are being dealt with by an inept Indian agent Agard (Strother Martin).

Third, Katherine has returned home. She is trying to secure a divorce and take custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Becky.




Fourth, his daughter is being pursued by his hired hand Delvin and his arch enemy's son Matthew Douglas Jr.

Finally, there is more trouble when a band of Comanche Indians just released from prison arrives in town to make a final stand against the white man.

So McLintock has government officals underfoot who are either corrupt or inept, recently arrived homesteaders, an angry and fiesty wife, a daughter, the Indians, and his own staff to deal with.




This setup ignites into a sprawling comedy Western with serious overtones, a battle-of-the-sexes, politcal issues and several brawls.


The film is famous for its two spanking scenes, in which mother and daughter are each paddled with coal shovels. First, Becky is paddled by suitor Delvin. Later, McLintock takes a coal shovel to Katherine's behind.




This film is one of the best pairings of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. Maureen O'Hara steals every scene she is in.

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