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:

  • Author Filibuster
  • Badass Family: The McLintock family.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Injun Country: Actually the Indians were fighting to stay in one particular part of the country, unfortunately Cuthbert H. Humphrey had other ideas.
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.