Film / Western / Comedy / Romance
Directed by Andrew McLaglen and John Wayne
John Wayne as George Washington ‘GW’ McLintock
Maureen O'Hara as Katherine McLintock
Yvonne De Carlo as Louise Warren
Patrick Wayne as Devlin Warren
Stefanie Powers as Becky McLintock
Jack Kruschen as Jake Birnbaum
Chill Wills as Drago
Edward Faulkner as Young Ben Sage
Jerry Van Dyke as Matt Douglas Jr.
Edgar Buchanan as Bunny Dull
Bruce Cabot as Ben Sage
Perry Lopez as Davey Elk
Michael Pate as Puma
Strother Martin as Agard
Gordon Jones as Matt Douglas
Robert Lowery as Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphrey
Leo Gordon as Jones
Hank Worden as Curly Fletcher
Mari Blanchard as Camille
Chuck Roberson as Sheriff Jeff Lord
Bob Steele as Train Engineer
Aissa Wayne as Alice Warren
Cattle baron George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) fights his wife (Maureen O'Hara), his daughter (Stefanie Powers), and political land-grabbers, finally 'taming' them all in this Western comedy with Taming of the Shrew overtones.
John Wayne stars as GW McLintock, a well liked and well to do cattle baron living in the town named for him. GW has his hands full when his daughter comes home from college, and surprisingly, her mother comes back with her, wanting custody of their daughter and a divorce from GW. To make matters worse, GW's daughter has brought back a boy, and he happens to be the son of one of GW's old enemies.
When you throw in a wild band of Indians looking to take revenge on the white man as well, McLintock is in for a wild ride!
McLintock! was a box office success, which was much needed due to Wayne and Batjac's previous production, The Alamo, and its mixed reception and high cost.
Promotional events for McLintock! had to be postponed for a week following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Wayne insisted on changing the name of the weak governor to Cuthbert H. Humphrey, in order to lampoon liberal Senator Hubert H. Humphrey who Wayne had a particularly strong dislike for.
According to film critic Emanuel Levy, McLintock! marked the film where Wayne started pushing for aspects of the scripts to reflect his personal views. In a later review Levy stated, McLintock! 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."
Many critics have considered McLintock! to be a loosely based western version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
McLintock! was the fourth of five movies that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
McLintock! was produced by John Wayne's oldest son, Michael Wayne.