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McLintock! is a 1963 American western and comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne's son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo (billed as Special Guest Star). Loosely based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, the project was filmed in Technicolor and Panavision and produced by Wayne's company Batjac Productions.

Theatrical film poster
Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen
Produced byMichael Wayne
Written byJames Edward Grant
Music byDe Vol
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byOtho Lovering
Bill Lewis
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
Running time
127 min.[1]
Budget$4 million[2]
Box office$14.5 million[3]


Cattle, timber and mining baron George Washington "G.W." McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from wife Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. She has been living as a socialite back East while their daughter Rebecca (whom G.W. calls "Becky") (Stefanie Powers) is completing her college degree.

Following a meeting with a group of homesteaders whom he cautions against trying to farm on the Mesa Verde:

"God made that land for the buffalo. It serves pretty well for cattle. But it hates the plow! And even the government should know you can't farm six thousand feet above sea level!"

He hires one of them, an attractive widow named Louise Warren (Yvonne De Carlo), as his cook and housekeeper. G.W. welcomes both her and her two children into his home, including grown son Dev (Patrick Wayne), who is handy with his fists, good with cattle, and is an excellent chess player, who had to leave Purdue University on account of his father's death.

Jack Kruschen, John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Chill Wills

Katherine (a.k.a. Katie), returns to the town of McLintock, seeking a divorce from G.W. He declines to give her one, having no idea why she has been so angry with him and why she moved out two years ago.

Following a misunderstanding which leads to a Comanche subchief nearly being lynched by a hotheaded settler father who believes his daughter has been kidnapped, there is a gigantic brawl at the mud slide by one of McLintock's mines. Surprisingly, Katherine gets involved in the brawl, fighting on her estranged husband's behalf as she takes a quill from her hat and sticks It in one of the participants backsides. She attempts the same maneuver on G.W. However, this backfired as G.W. Inadvertently knocks Katherine down the mudslide, causing her to get muddy in the pool at the bottom. McClintock soon follows, knocking Katherine in the mud again, which she gets up and yells furiously at G.W. “You and your friends.” The eventually stops when “Running Buffalo” tells McClintock from the top of the mudslide “Whoooa Maclin, Whoooa, Marlin, good party, but no whiskey, we go home” as the Indians disperse from the area.

Rebecca "Becky" McLintock returns to town, along with her banjo-playing love interest, "Junior" Douglas (Jerry Van Dyke). Junior is approved of by Katherine but not G.W. However, she soon falls for Dev (of whom G.W. approves wholeheartedly), and they become engaged after he takes her across his knee and spanks her with a coal shovel following a sharp exchange between them. When they announce the engagement, G.W. and Mrs. Warren both give their blessings.

The same train that brought Becky home from college also brought back Chief Puma of the Comanche tribe, an honored enemy and blood brother of G.W., who has been released from prison by the federal government. The territorial governor is out to force the local Comanche tribe off their lands and onto a reservation near Fort Sill.

At the request of Chief Puma, McLintock acts as the spokesman for the Comanche, translating Puma's speech into English at the kangaroo court hearing organized by Governor Humphrey. The governor announces that the Indians will be moved to Oklahoma, and Chief Puma and his subchiefs are imprisoned again. Disgusted by the mistreatment of Puma and his people, G.W. arranges a break out and an Army train is looted of a cargo of Krag-Jorgenson rifles and ammunition. The Comanche head out on what Puma had called "the last fight of the Comanche," hotly pursued by the local troop of U.S. Cavalry. This has the effect of bringing what Humphrey and Agard, the local Indian agent, have been doing to the attention of Washington. It is implied that both will shortly be removed from office.

At the Fourth of July celebration during which the Comanche breakout takes place, Katherine gets "tarred and feathered" with molasses and goose feathers in the general store. When she leaves to change clothing in the hotel, McLintock has finally had enough of Katherine's bad behavior. Everyone tells him to spank her, which he doesn't believe in. But following one too many insults, G.W. pursues Katherine (who is now dressed in nothing but her corset and slip) through the streets and shops of the town like Nemesis. After an epic chase, during which Katherine loses her slip and is down to bloomers and corset, G.W. learns why she left. As a compromise for his friend's requests, he finally catches her and decides that he will spank her bottom with a coal scuttle shovel as punishment, and tells her that now she can have her divorce. However, Katherine finally decides she does not want a divorce after all, and she and G.W. happily reconcile.


Yvonne De Carlo as Mrs. Warren


The script was developed by John Wayne as a way for him to express his disapproval for how westerns represent Native Americans and his opinions on marital abuse. He offered the job of directing to Andrew McLaglen, who had directed a number of low-budget features and had worked widely in television. It was the first movie fully produced by Wayne's son, Michael, although Michael Wayne had worked on a number of other films in various capacities. The male juvenile lead was John Wayne's younger son, Patrick.[2]

The film was shot at Old Tucson Studios, west of Tucson, Arizona and also at San Rafael Ranch House - San Rafael State Natural Area South of Patagonia, Arizona and Nogales.[4][2]

Many of the cast and crew, notably Andrew McLaglen, William H. Clothier, Bruce Cabot, Chill Wills, Edward Faulkner, Hank Worden, Strother Martin, and Maureen O'Hara, had worked with Wayne on other productions. Wayne insisted a supporting role be given to Yvonne de Carlo, whose husband had been injured making How the West Was Won.[5] Michael Wayne estimated the budget as being between $3.5 to $4 million.[2]

As in many other John Wayne films, Wayne is wearing his favorite "Red River D" belt buckle. It can be best seen in the scene where G.W. addresses the homesteaders about 10 minutes into the film, and at the end of the scene where the Comanche ride through town on the way to "the last fight of the Comanche," approximately 10 minutes from the end of the movie.

In the Special Feature "Maureen O'Hara and Stefanie Powers Remember McLintock!", O'Hara reported that when she and Wayne filmed the famous scene in which he spanked her with a coal scuttle shovel, he did not pull his strokes. "He really spanked me! My bottom was black and blue for weeks!"[6]


  • "Love in the Country" sung by The Limeliters
  • Music coordinator: "By" Dunham
  • "Love in the Country" words & music by "By" Dunham & Frank DeVol
  • "Just Right for Me", "Cakewalk", "When We Dance" words & music by "By" Dunham


The film was a box-office success, and a timely one, since The Alamo had cost Wayne in both financial and "box-office capital" terms.[7] McLintock! grossed $14,500,000 in North America,[3] earning $7.25 million in US theatrical rentals.[8] It was the 11th highest-grossing film of 1963.

Andrew McLaglen said the film "put me in the big time."[9] He made four more films with Wayne: Hellfighters (1968); The Undefeated (1969); Chisum (1970); and Cahill, U.S. Marshal (1973).

John Wayne watches as Patrick Wayne spanks Stefanie Powers.

According to Bosley Crowther, "the broadly comic Western ... sounded like a promising idea"; "the scenery is opulent and the action out-of-doors, the color lush and the cast made up almost entirely of recruits from John Ford's long cinematic cycle commemorating the tradition of the American frontier."[1] Since "the direction was entrusted to a relative newcomer, Victor McLaglen's television-trained son, Andrew V. McLaglen ... good intentions, when the task at hand is as difficult as lusty farce, are not enough."[1] Emanuel Levy, in a review years after the film's release, said the film is "significant because it marks the beginning of Wayne's attempt to impose his general views, not just political ones, on his pictures. Most of Wayne's screen work after McLintock! would express his opinions about education, family, economics, and even friendship."[10]


Richard Wormser wrote a novelization of the screenplay.[11]

Public domain statusEdit

The film was produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions and released thru United Artists. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer became owner of the distribution rights after the studio absorbed UA in 1981. MGM failed to renew the copyright which expired in 1991. In 1994, a legal case determined the film was in the public domain in the United States, but the music score remained under copyright.[12][13][14][15]

Batjac Productions, a company owned by John Wayne's estate, retains distribution rights for "officially restored" versions of the film and holds the original film negatives as well as rights to the film's musical score.

Video releasesEdit

Despite being available in public domain, distributors for the past decade (including GoodTimes Home Video & Simitar Entertainment), the first official home video issue of the film was released in the mid-1990s by MPI Home Video, and had a DVD release in 2003 by Delta Entertainment. In 2005, Paramount Home Media Distribution struck a distribution deal with Batjac (who owns the original film negatives) and was granted exclusive distribution rights for an official remastered release debuting on DVD in 2005. This "official" DVD release uses a restoration made from the original camera negative, under license from Batjac, with a newly created 5.1 surround mix and the original mono. Bonus features include a new extensive documentary, a "2 Minute Fight School" featurette, photo and trailer galleries, and an audio commentary with Leonard Maltin, Frank Thompson, Maureen O’Hara, Stefanie Powers, Michael Pate, Michael Wayne, and Andrew McLaglen. In spite of this licensed release, numerous versions of the film are still being released by other companies, with most using old TV prints and film elements outside of Batjac's official restoration.

Olive Films released a bare bones Blu-Ray in March 2013, utilizing a 2012 2k scan of a 35mm Technicolor element with the original Mono track. Olive's release had no involvement from Batjac Productions, as the 2k restoration was provided by Library of Congress and classifies as public domain, whereas the "official" restoration is copyrighted to Batjac with Paramount handling exclusive distribution.

Paramount followed up a year later in May 2014 with their Blu-Ray release, under license from Batjac Productions. This release utilizes a brand new 4k remaster from the original camera negative with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround and original Mono. It also carries over all the bonus features from the previous Paramount DVD, with the only new addition of the original theatrical trailer scanned in 2k from a 35mm element.

Comic book adaptionEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Crowther, Bosley (November 14, 1963). "McLintock! (1963)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  2. ^ a b c d Smith, Jack (25 Nov 1963). "John Wayne's Latest Film a Family Affair". Los Angeles Times. p. A3.
  3. ^ a b Box Office Information for McLintock! The Numbers. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Locations for McLintock!". IMDb. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Jay. "McLintock". Turner Class Movies.
  6. ^ McLintock! Collectors Edition DVD. Released October 11, 2005. ASIN: B000ANVPPQ
  7. ^ Steinberg, Jay S. "McLintock! Article". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  8. ^ "Top Rental Films of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 37. Please note this figure is film rentals accruing to distributors, not gross takings.
  9. ^ Dixon, Wheeler Winston (April 2009). "Andrew V. McLaglen: Last of the Hollywood Professionals".
  10. ^ Levy, Emanuel. "McLintock!". Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  11. ^ Wormser, Richard (1963). McLintock. Gold Metal. Greenwich, Connecticut: Fawcett. OCLC 28658671.
  12. ^ "Court Rules for 'Goodtimes' in McLintock! Case", in Billboard, May 14, 1994, pg. 73 & 82
  13. ^ Fishman, Stephen (2010), pp.337[full citation needed]
  14. ^ Batjac Productions, Inc. vs. GoodTimes Home Video Corp.—1998 Copr.L.Dec. P 27,825, 48 U.S.P.Q.2d 1647, 98 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 8208, 98 Daily Journal D.A.R. 11,443. BATJAC PRODUCTIONS INC., a California Corp., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. GOODTIMES HOME VIDEO CORP., a Delaware Corp.; Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, Defendants-Appellees. No. 97-55947. United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Argued and submitted Aug. 5, 1998. Decided Nov. 5, 1998.
  15. ^ Maljack Productions vs. UAV Corp.—May 21, 1997. MALJACK PRODUCTIONS, INC., an Illinois corporation, and BATJAC PRODUCTIONS, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiffs, v. UAV CORPORATION, a North Carolina corporation, and MARY BETH PETERS, Register of Copyrights, Defendants. CONSOLIDATED WITH BATJAC PRODUCTIONS, INC., a California Corporation, Plaintiff, v. GOODTIMES HOME VIDEO CORP., a Delaware corporation, and MARY BETH PETERS, Register of Copyrights,Defendants.
  16. ^ "Gold Key: McLintock!". Grand Comics Database.

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