McLintock! (1963) Poster



Maureen O'Hara wrote in her autobiography that the famous climactic spanking scene was completely authentic and that John Wayne carried it out with such gusto that she had bruises for a week.
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.
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.
When Batjac, John Wayne's production company, needed completion funds for The Alamo (1960), it borrowed the money from United Artists. The Batjac film library was used as collateral for the loan. Making "McClintock" profitably for U-A allowed Batjac to reclaim control of the films.
Fourth of five movies that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
During the pheasant hunting segment John Wayne was shooting real birdshot. The pheasants were released on cue so that he knew when and where to shoot.
John Wayne insisted that the role of the weak, insipid Governor be called "Cuthbert H. Humphrey", with the intention that he be seen as a parody of liberal Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, whom Wayne intensely disliked.
Although often seen as simply a knockabout comedy, John Wayne also intended the film to be a statement of his own conservative political views.
Promotional events were postponed for a week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
In the scene where the Comanches are being outfitted with rifles it's easy to see that they're Krag Jorgensen carbines, meaning that this film takes place in at least 1896, as the Krag didn't come into service as military armory until 1894.
When the band met the train for Rebecca's homecoming, the instrument Mr. Birnbaum was playing was a Helicon, which had been invented in the 1860s.
The final film of Gordon Jones, who portrayed Matt Douglas (senior). Jones died of a heart attack just after production ended, but before the film was released to theaters.
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.
Henry Hathaway was John Wayne's first choice for director, but his salary demands caused the producer-star to opt for director Andrew V. McLaglen, the son of his old friend and colleague Victor McLaglen.
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I made a mistake with an earlier trivia correction. The instrument being played in the parade for Rebecca was a HELICON, NOT a Sousaphone. The difference being that the Sousaphone's bell points up, the Helicon points ahead, which Sousa didn't like. It made the sound of the "tuba" precede and overpower the other sounds of the band. The Helicon was introduced in the 1860s.
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