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The slapstick scenes in McLintock - notably the mud fight and the attempts by Wayne to help De Carlo mount the stairs at the ranch after over-imbibing - are every bit as much fun as many such scenes in all-out comedies. However, in spite of its humour, the movie manages to introduce some very important and serious ethical issues at a surprisingly early date. These include McLintock's support for the rights of the Native American people and also his attitude towards the land when he tells his daughter that he intends leaving most of the ranch to the nation as a park to prevent its exploitation by industry. One suspects these were issues dear to Wayne's heart. The stetson on the steer's horn of the weather vane remains an unmistakable image.
A movie with fightin', shootin, lovin', and not one gets killed. A great comfortable, fun movie.
This movie is greatly beloved by John Wayne fans and is said to contain his personal credo of what an all-American man should be. This includes being boorish and crude, having an alcohol problem and being always ready to settle things with your fists. And, of course, being ready to humiliate your wife in front of the townsfolk and end up by beating her publicly with a metal implement. Of course, some of these elements were dormant in the other Wayne / O'Hara vehicle, 'The Quiet Man', but there, due to the genius of John Ford, they were submerged in the general charm of the picture. Here, however, under a director with plenty of Ford's failings but little of his genius, they are rammed home with all the subtlety of a sledge hammer. There is a lot of slapstick humour here but it leaves a very sour taste in the mouth. One ends up feeling it is Wayne not O'Hara who needs the thrashing.
it's really hard to put into words how much I love this movie. it's funny tells a great story, moves along nicely. Maureen O' Hara plays perfectly off of John Wayne. Stephanie Powers is great as the spoiled daughter of G. W. McLintock. G.W. is expecting the return of his daughter after 2 years in school, to his surprise tho his wife is along for the trip, in the meantime he battles, crooked real estate men, and also trying to help the Indians from being thrown off of their land, this movie has it all, hilarious slapstick comedy all the way through , especially the mud scene,, that is so hilarious, and watching the way him and his wife constantly argue and bicker is classic, I really couldn't find anything wrong with the movie whatsoever.
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The thought of former swashbuckling leading ladies Maureen O'Hara and
Yvonne De Carlo duking it out over "Duke" John Wayne comes out a
disappointment in this otherwise enjoyable comedy. Separated for two
years, fighting married couple Wayne and O'Hara are reunited in his
small rural community when their daughter (Stefanie Powers) comes home.
The Duke's real-life son, Patrick Wayne, plays cook De Carlo's son, and
falls for the fiery Powers, resulting in a two-generation battle of the
sexes with more than a passing resemblance to "Taming of the Shrew".
There's also an Indian raid, a group fight with men sliding down into a mud pit (ultimately joined by the perfectly clad O'Hara), drunken attempts for Wayne and De Carlo to get up the Tara-like staircase, and a slapstick finale where O'Hara, showing off a still lovely figure after being stripped (or ripped) down to her bodice, tries to escape from her husband while ensued by the entire town. This being De Carlo's only film with Wayne, I longed to see more of her, but this is more than just the "guest appearance" she is billed with, given half a dozen major scenes and some good verbal spars with O'Hara that give the impression that the two will end up buddies, especially since it appears that they are going to end up related anyway.
Wayne always succeeded in comedy, especially in spoofing his western tough guy image, and he's very funny here. He also adds compassion for the Native American tribe fighting relocation to a reservation. O'Hara's a bit tougher here and overly hot-tempered, a bit quick to assume the worst about her dipsomaniac husband. But once she finds out the truth, she silently mutters an apologetic "oops" and becomes quite likable. Such professionals as Edgar Buchannan, Chill Wills and Jack Kruschen offer fine support, with "B" movie actress Mari Blanchard memorable in a tiny part as an obvious madame. (Interesting to note that I initially confused her for De Carlo, so imagine my surprise when she actually did show up as the younger Wayne's mama.) There's also a very funny sequence involving a rodeo contest with men racing on horses while having (in some of the cases) a year-old egg in their mouth. This results in an amusing scene where a pretentious politician named "Cuthbert" (Robert Lowery) really does end up with egg on his face.
Nice film with the Duke as a tough Cattle baron , this is a Western
screen version of the classic Shakespearean comedy . John Wayne and
Maureen O'Hara are perfectly cast as ¨Taming of the shrew¨ couple . 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 . Starring John Wayne as
George Washington whose refined wife (Maureen O'Hara) returns from the
east after a two-year separation . She wants a divorce and custody of
their 17-year-old daughter (Stefanie Powers) who's been away at school
. In the meantime, George's contracted a housekeeper (Yvonne De Carlo)
whose son (real-life son Patrick Wayne) promptly falls for his daughter
. McLintock then battles his spouse , his daughter, and land-grabbers ,
finally "taming" them all .
This Western/comedy contains a love story , wonderful friendship , thrills , emotion and loads of fist-play . Western comedy with ¨Taming of the Shrew¨ overtones with a magnificent main cast and top-notch support cast . In ¨MacLintock" Andrew McLagen does the human touch including lots of nice moments , it is a very fine picture that could become another western worthy of any anthology . The "mudhole" in which the famous brawl took place wasn't actually made of mud. It was made of a material called Bentonite, which is used in the drilling of oil wells and has the consistency of chocolate syrup ; according to actor Leo Gordon , the first one to be knocked down it, that scene took a week to shoot. In this film the spectator enjoys because it has a lot of issues that make it enjoyable . Even the female characters played by attractive Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers , reveal two women who know that they wish and makes it irresistible . Other John Wayne family members involved in this pleasant production include son Michael G. Wayne who produced the movie , his daughter Aissa as the housekeeper's daughter and mainly Patrick Wayne . John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara are perfectly cast as ¨Taming of the shrew¨ couple giving extraordinary performances . This is the fourth of five movies that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara , such as The big Jack , Rio Grande , The Wings of Eagles , and of course ¨The quite man¨ . Although often seen as simply a knockabout comedy , John Wayne also intended the film to be a statement of his own conservative political views . Large support cast formed by Western usual players as Edgar Buchanan , Michael Pataki , Jack Krushen , Mari Blanchard , Leo Gordon , Edward Faulkner , Chuck Robertson , Strother Martin , Perry Lopez and other actors , John Ford's favourite , such as : Bruce Cabot , Chill Wills , Hank Worden and Bob Steele . Jolly and lively musical score by De Vol . Colorful and spectacular cinematography in Cinemascope by William H Clothier , John Ford's ordinary .
This well-paced film was compellingly directed by Andrew V. McLagen , son of great actor Victor McLagen . Although Stefanie Powers claims that John Ford came to the set to direct the movie for a week, Andrew V. McLaglen the director says that it never happened , he says he was there for the entire shoot of the movie . The pic contains McLagen's usual themes as familiar feeling , a little bit enjoyable humor, friendship and and sense of comradeship among people . Andrew does the human touch and full of insight that accompanied him during most of his films and the story develops pleasantly in a large frame with an interesting plot and fully adjusted to the requirements of the comedy . Andrew McLagen is a known Ford's disciple introducing similar themes in his films . Andrew holds the distinction of directing the most episodes of "Gunsmoke" . Furthermore , he holds the honor of filmmaking the most episodes of ¨Have gun , Will travel" (1957). And is one of the few directors to have directed both Clint Eastwood and John Wayne . He's a Western expert (McLintock , Shenandoah , Bandolero, Chisum , Cahill, Way West) and warlike specialist , such as proved in several films (Return to Kwai, Wild Geese , Dirty dozen: the next mission, Sea wolves, Breakthrough) . Rating ¨MacLintock¨ : Nice , acceptable and passable , 6'5 . The picture will appeal to John Wayne fans . Worthwhile watching .
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This movie is very funny and enjoyable. It couldn't have been made
today, because it would have "sold out" completely to the audience.
What I like about this movie is that it is authentic about how people
probably thought at the Turn of The Century (set during the taming days
of the West). There was much prejudice, and much desire to have a
John Wayne plays G.W. McClintock, a blue collar, self-made man, who has a definitely strong work ethic, but also gives people a fair chance. Although, some reviewers on here have commented that his character is a "conservative" versus "liberals", I think that it is a lot more "gray" than that. For example, Wayne has always been criticized for portraying "white man's history". In this film, the American Indians are treated as fellow humans with their own cause. McClintock is admired by the Indians, because he fought them with bravery in the old days. There is a definite class system in the town, where "Sooners" are labeled "farmers", contemptuously.
This movie shows that class conflicts and gender conflicts can be settled in the "Old West style". McClintock at first doesn't want to hire a "Sooner", played by his own son, but then he relents when he sees the young man's persistence. He has to go through several arguments with his estranged wife before he wins her back at the end. He tells his daughter that 'he doesn't want to inherit all his land. He wants to make it a park, for the wildlife. He gives her a bit of land, because he wants her to make her own happiness and future'.
The "bad guys" are educated people, but I wouldn't call them all "liberal". The Governor is a slick politician, who wants to send off all the Indians to an internment camp. Jerry Van Dyke plays the son of an opportunist, who pretends to be the spokesmen for the "farmers". The "dislikeable character" show a bias of the "blue collar" for "educated types", which was still common even 25 years ago. It is neither a "liberal" nor "conservative" bias, but simply the belief that education means something only when the individual fights very hard for their right to be treated with respect.
The mudslide fight is very funny. If only real World conflicts could be settled this way. It appears that the fight unites the town. They may mock each other and call each other names, but it seems to calm down the class warfare that has surfaced from the arrival of "Sooners" and Indians to town. There is lot to laugh about in this film, and don't take it too seriously.
McLintock! is directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and written by James
Edward Grant. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo,
Patrick Wayne and Stefanie Powers. Music is by Frank De Vol and
cinematography by William H. Clothier. It's a Panavision/Technicolor
production and locations used for the shoot were Nogales, Old Tucson
and San Rafael Ranch State Park, Arizona, USA. A loose reworking of
William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, plot finds Duke Wayne as
cattle baron George Washington McLintock, whose estranged wife
Katherine (O'Hara) returns with daughter Becky (Powers) to the family
town after a two year absence. Having left George originally on
suspicion of him committing adultery, she now wants a divorce and with
it full custody of Becky. George isn't keen on the idea and Katherine's
arrival in town also signals the arrival of chaos.
Produced out of John Wayne's own Batjac Productions company, McLintock! became one of Wayne's most successful and popular movies of the 60's. Played for laughs, film sees Wayne surrounded by family and friends and this shines thru in the final product. It looks, and was, a fun production, its values may be dated a great deal now, but it's easy to see why the paying public warmed to it. Wayne is in his element as the tough, hard drinking and no nonsense title character, and those playing off of him are in tune with what's needed to make the comedy work. The action is well staged by McLaglen, especially a free for all punch up at a mud pit, and Clothier's photography beautifully brings the Arizona locales out from the screen. A touch too long at just over two hours, it still manages to last the course to deliver the goods for the western/comedy seeker. 7/10
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Pardon me, but I just couldn't wait and read all 51 posts before asking something. At least two people thus far, up to this point, places the movie's setting in "Arizona Territory". HOW SO? (That's my question. Where's the bold to highlight? I'm not "shouting".) I have the good DVD, I saw the movie on PBS last weekend, and again just now, while I was reading some of the posts here and elsewhere. Here in Oklahoma, on Friday and Saturday nights, the local "PBS" affiliate has their "OETA Movie Club". Tonight it's "McLintock!" and "Angel and the Badman", both starring John Wayne. The series has a host. He points out that the evidence in the movie places the setting as being in Oklahoma, not Arizona. I knew that before he stated as much. The evidence is, "Fort Sill", "160-acre land lots", and the "Sooners", settlers that cheated by not waiting for the signal gun in the various land races, but instead went "sooner" and staked out their 160-acre claims in advance of the regular "Boomers". (Why "OU" would want to name their teams for cheaters has always eluded me, as well as to why "Sooner State" is our official nickname. The reasons given thus far don't make sense to me, for they count dishonor as a good thing. But I digress.) But my point is, it doesn't seem to take place in Arizona, but rather Oklahoma. O.U. has a library of movies set in Oklahoma, and it includes this one. Also "Indian Territory" and "Oklahoma Territory". But we drop the "territory" part for casualness, such as here. Otherwise I'd have used the full phrase. But other than maybe the filming location, I didn't see or hear evidence to suggest it as being "AZ" or "AT".
Another day dawns and the master of the ranch has come home drunk
again. G.W. McLintock (played by John Wayne) has been frequenting the
bar ever since he and his wife separated almost two years ago. Trouble
arises when new settlers come into town declaring that they have come
for the free land the government has promised them. Upon their arrival
McLintock warns them that there is no such thing as free land and the
environment is not conducive to farming. McLintock has earned the
respect of the community and has a reputation for his generosity. While
the town is preparing for the homecoming of McLintock's daughter,
Becky, he is informed that his wife, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara) has
returned to town.
John Wayne has tremendous presence. The moment he appears on the screen it is obvious he is in charge. Maureen O'Hara magnificently holds her own with John Wayne. She is not overpowered but successfully stands up to him. James Edward Grant shows his talent as writer through the complexity of Katherine's character. It is indescribably funny. The ensemble cast appears to have great fun working together. There are numerous small roles but each of them are worth noting. The film also deals with racism against Native Americans and the rivalry between the upper and hard working classes. It is a high spirited film that is entirely worth watching.
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