John Wayne ■ Maureen O'Hara
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 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.
If you only watch one John Wayne movie McLintock! is probably the one you should pick. It's not my favorite,
El Dorado (Western) and Hellfighters (non-Western) have that distinction, but it is certainly on my longer list of favorites.
This is a rip-roaring western, not exactly a true cowboy movie, with probably THE best mud fight in movies. Though, the one in North To Alaska is pretty darn good too. And nothing is funnier than Maureen O'Hara dressed to the nines and wielding a hatpin during the aforementioned fight. To this day my family can quote passages from this movie, and single lines such as "Don't say it's a fine mornin' or I'll shoot ya" and my personal favorite "Keep a civil tongue in your unprepossessing face!"
Some of the things in this movie are no longer cricket to show on film. I mean, spanking your wife in public? Uumm, no. But McLintock! truly highlights the chemistry between The Duke and The Queen Of Technicolor and features a cast of some of the best of Hollywood's golden age in western actors. There are familiar faces everywhere, from Chill Wills to Edgar Buchanan. Viewers will also recognize and young Stefanie Powers and Yvonne De Carlo (from The Munsters). And even longtime stunt double for John Wayne, Chuck Roberson, gets screen time as Sheriff Lord.
And those in the know will not only notice two of John Wayne's children in front of the cameras, Patrick Wayne as Dev Warren and Aissa Wayne as Alice Warren, but they will catch another son, Michael Wayne, listed as producer in the credits.
Politically correct this film is not. Totally fun and one of John Wayne's best comedies it is. McLintock! just tells like the Old West we wish it were. The Old West we love so much in books and film.
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
Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Lochiel, Arizona, USA
San Rafael Ranch State Park, Patagonia, Arizona, USA
Fairbank, Arizona, USA
Harshaw, Arizona, USA
Ruby, Arizona, USA
Klondyke, Arizona, USA
Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona, USA
Sonoita, Arizona, USA
Nogales, Arizona, USA
Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
Duquesne, Arizona, USA
San Raphael Valley, Arizona, USA
1964 Golden Laurel Awards
Top Action Drama
Top Action Performance - John Wayne
George Washington McLintock: Don't say it's a fine morning or I'll shoot ya!
Running Buffalo: Swell party, where's the whisky?
George Washington McLintock: [through gritted teeth after knocking Jones down] Now, we'll all calm down!
Drago: Take it easy, boss, he's just a little excited, that's all.
George Washington McLintock: I know, I know. I'm gonna use good judgement. I haven't lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have got somebody killed... and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't, I won't. The *hell* I won't! [belts Jones in the mouth]
Becky McLintock: You are my father and if you do love me you will shoot him! [speaking about Devlin]
George Washington McLintock: I'm your father and I sure love you.
[grabs a pistol from his cabinet and shoots Devlin]
Becky McLintock: You shot him! You really shot him! If he dies...
George Washington McLintock: [Interrupts Becky] If he dies he will be the first man killed with a blank cartridge . We use this to start the races on the fourth.
Becky McLintock: [talking to Devlin] You poor dear.
Devlin Warren: Poor dear? You would of had me shot down in cold blood!