Film / McLintock!

McLintock! is a 1963 American-made film, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

Cattle baron George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from his snobbish wife, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), who left him two years before. McLintock hires young Devlin Warren as a hand and his beautiful mother, Louise Warren, as his cook and welcomes their family into his home. He also butts heads with Matt Douglas, a sleazy bureaucrat who is looking to discredit McLintock, 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 (coming home from college) and a divorce from G.W.


The film has the following tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Katherine in a chase scene while in her undergarments, the Saloon girls aren't so bad themselves.
  • Badass Family: The McLintock family.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Katherine, she almost always gets dirty and got a shiner from a knockout brawl with the men.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Boy Howdy!
    McLintok: "Half the people in the world are women. Why does it have to be you that stirs me?" (Passionate kiss)
  • Benevolent Boss: McLintock is very much this. When he hires Devlin, he secretly gives Drago some money to give the proud young man and his struggling family, saying, "Tell him I pay my men a month in advance."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Louise Warren, she's a perfect lady and an Old West Yamato Nadeshiko, but she gruffly tells Katie they better talk things out or else she'll give Katherine another black eye for her Slut-Shaming comments.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins
  • Butt Monkey: Agard (played by Strother Martin) is always in the wrong place at the wrong time whenever some kind of a fighting event breaks out.
  • Camp Cook: Louise Warren, but she's a really good cook.
  • Cattle Baron: McLintock; he started out as a rancher and worked long and hard so his wife and daughter would prosper.
  • Chinese Shop Owner: Ching, until he retires and is made "part of the family" by McLintock so he won't work himself too hard.
    Ching: Crummy family, crummy family!
  • Corporal Punishment: Rather notoriously, the film is known for featuring two lengthy punishment spanking scenes between romantic couples, with Becky and Katherine on the receiving endsó using of all things a coal shovel!
  • Daddy's Girl: Becky.
  • Determined Homesteader's Wife: Katie started out as this, then she became a stuffy Rich Bitch. G. W. decides to give Becky a small homestead instead of his entire estate as an inheritance because he believes the homesteading experience will help her and her future husband build character.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Becky demands that her father shoot Dev for the latter's wild driving and for characterizing her as a trollop. To Becky's shock, G. W. does shoot Dev...with a blank cartridge. Dev decides to spank her in retaliation.
  • Epic Fail: Katherine probably expected to last the big brawl Kicking Ass in All Her Finery. She probably did not expect to end up tumbling down into the mud pit when the latest guy she pokes inadvertently knocks her back....
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Fiery Redhead: Maureen O'Hara's character, Katherine; her behavior certanly fits that red hair.
  • The General's Daughter: Averted, in that McLintock respects Devlin as a hard worker and a fine young man; when he and Becky announce their engagement at the end of the movie, he is overjoyed.
  • HAHAHA No: Katherine to Governor Humphrey, after he asks that she didn't tell GW about "you and me". She tells him off, telling him that he isn't the only man to try to romance her and fail and kicks him off close to the horseriders and some egg in the face.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At one point during the mud fight, Katie decides to stick one of the feathers from her hat into G. W.'s rear. This causes him to swing his arms back in pain, accidentally shoving her down into the mud pool.
  • Humiliation Conga: Getting her butt (literally!) whacked by McLintock is the least of Katherine's worries.
  • Hypocritical Humor: From the Duke himself:
    George Washington McClintock: 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)
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Said about an older Native American woman, Tiny Mouse, by McLintock.
    You wouldn't believe this, but 20 years ago she was quite the handsome maid.
  • Injun Country: Actually the Indians were fighting to stay in one particular part of the country, unfortunately Cuthbert H. Humphrey had other ideas.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Katherine is as fierce as her fashion sense is delicious; the men, including GW, don't look too shabby themselves.
  • Mistaken for Cheating:
    • Katherine fled two years earlier under the mistaken belief McLintock had cheated on her. Coming home to find Mrs. Warren working in the house doesn't help matters...
    • G.W. comes home drunk at one point and Mrs. Warren tries to explain something for him, only for G.W. to insist she join him in a few drinks. During an attempt to help her upstairs like a gentleman, G.W. causes them to both to topple backwards and Katie comes out to find Mrs. Warren in her husband's lap.
  • No, Except Yes: GW is not intoxicated. Yet.
  • No Sell: When Fauntleroy Sage attempts to avenge the family honor in response to Devlin whippin' Young Ben, G.W. attempts to keep him out of it only for Devlin to give the okay. Devlin proceeds to punch Fauntleroy eleven times in the face to no effect; he doesn't even realize anything's happening until the tenth punch. The bigger man then knocks Dev backwards over a table with one hit.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: C. H. Humphrey. And a stupid one at that!
    "Cuthbert H. Humphrey, Governor of our territory, is a cull. Do you know what a cull is, ma'am? A cull is a specimen that is so worthless that you have to cut him out of the herd. Now if all the people in the world were put in one herd, Cuthbert is the one I would throw a rope at."
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Katherine is shown in one scene in her white frilly petticoat and corset with green ribbon trim, it shows off her torso rather nicely as well.
  • Older Than They Look: Louise Warren, by the mens' reactions she looks quite young to have a teenage or young adult boy as her son.
  • Only Sane Indian: Running Buffalo, along with the rest of the Comanche. They're standing around most of the movie watching crazy white folk act up.
  • Parasol of Pain: During the epic mudfight, Katherine decides to join in the fun and starts Kicking Ass in All Her Finery...sort of. She uses her parasol to whack and a pin from her hat to poke opponents in the butt!
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Katherine is often in this mode of dress, they often get tarnished; Becky and Marion as well.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Downplayed, as Cuthbert is not a villain in the conventional sense.
    Cuthbert: Your husband is a rude man.
    Katherine: Yes, Cuthbert, I know.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Devlin gets in a fight with a local ruffian during the welcome home celebration for Becky. Devlin takes care of the ruffian but then the ruffian's uncle shows up expecting justice. Devlin throws a mean punch, but the old man doesn't flinch and Devlin gets an Oh Crap! look on his face before the old man realizes what happened and decks the young'un with one blow.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: It's The Taming of the Shrew... in The Wild West!
  • Redhead In Green: Katie tends to favor this color family and has the red hair to stand the more out.
  • Rich Bitch: Katherine, oh so much.
  • Rule of Funny: The fight scene near the mud-hole, everyone that could fall in... did.
  • Running Gag: McLintock tossing his hat onto the weathervane atop his home. Up to 310 at last count.
  • The Savage Indian: Parodied. The town leaders treat the local Comanche tribe like neighbors for the most part. It's mostly outsiders — and inept Humphrey — who mistreat them and drive them to go on the warpath... something that doesn't even bother McLintock and his fellows one whit.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Becky, she is remarked to have lost her Girlish Pigtails and only a trace of the Youthful Freckles that grace her pretty face.
  • She's Got Legs: Katherine, ends up running around in her chemise, corset, and pantelettes and ends up being the only woman to show off her legs.
  • Shout-Out: John Wayne says "Pilgrim" in the "mud pit" scene! He actually said this less often than most people think—it comes from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Katherine has the look of a lady down pat and is swathed in a Pimped-Out Dress most of the time, yet she can fight as well as GW, holding her own in a brawl full of rough and ready men.
  • Southern Gentleman: Ol' Douglas Jr. tries to be this, but mostly comes across as a hapless geek.
  • Stealth Insult: Downplayed; when Katherine first moves back in, Mrs. Warren mentions how she originally thought G.W.'s was a bachelor's household. Katherine informs her that after she's concluded her business and left, Mrs. Warren will be entirely free to conduct herself as she sees proper in a bachelor's household.
    Drago: Katie!
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: if this movie has the look and feel of a John Ford production... it's because it uses a lot of Ford's Production Posse in the cast and crew.
  • Tar and Feathers: Mrs. McLintock gets covered with molasses and then feathers during the climactic Indian raid.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sheriff Lord let's Douglas have it with one sentence near the beginning.
    Douglas: Just "Douglas," and you call him "Mister" McLintock!. Why?
    Sheriff: Well, Douglas, I guess it's because he earned it.
  • This Is Not My Life to Take: Although not a death, something similar to this is subverted. John Wayne's character is thoroughly pissed at another character who almost hung an innocent man, and after giving him a good chewing out, says, "Somebody ought to belt you in the mouth. But I won't. I won't. (beat) The hell I won't" and slugs him.
  • Tsundere: Katherine's about as Tsun-Tsun as it gets.
    McLintock: Katherine, you women are always raising hell about one thing when it's something else you're really sore about!
  • The Wild West
  • Worthy Opponent: Running Bull and McLintock were on opposite sides of the Indian wars and in their old age are finding that the west doesn't seem to have room for either of them any more.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Ol' Jr. puts on a pair after he's told that somebody should put a stop to a fist fight he's currently watching.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Downplayed. Katie first left, again, after she saw lipstick on G.W.'s collar. When she first arrives back in town, G.W. mentions that he's seen a picture of her in the newspaper dancing with the governor.

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