McLintock! (1963)

Description[from Freebase]

McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western produced by and starring John Wayne, with co-stars including Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, and Wayne's son Patrick. The Batjac Production is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Cattle baron George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from his wife Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. He holds a record for throwing his hat up onto the longhorn-shaped weather vane at the top of his house every time he comes home drunk. McLintock hires attractive widow Louise Warren (Yvonne De Carlo) as his cook and welcomes both her and her two children into his home. He also butts heads with Douglas, a sleazy bureaucrat who is looking to discredit McLintock, settle the territory, and remove the local Indians. Sparks begin to fly as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack...and the return of Mrs. McLintock, who wants custody over their daughter Becky (Stefanie Powers) (returning from college) and a divorce from G.W. The governor's name is a reference to Hubert H. Humphrey.

Review

Mind the exclamation point in the title. There’s plenty of yelling in McLintock! a much-loved yet still hokey and decidedly old-fashioned western ‘comedy.’ The plot basically concerns a wealthy cattleman (Wayne) who squabbles with everyone in the town he basically runs from top to bottom — but he fights the most with his wife (Maureen O’Hara) and daughter (Stefanie Powers). Eventually this culminates in characters falling into muddy water and, in the film’s most absurd moment, Wayne encouraging his daughter’s boyfriend to give her a good spanking — and even handing him some sort of implement to help him out. Made in 1963, this might have been the reason women’s lib got its big start.

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