Tuesday, March 30, 2010
McLintock! (1963). Comedy Western. cast: John Wayne, Patrick Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The film is famous (or infamous) for its two spanking scenes: the daughter by her suitor, the mother by her estranged husband. Fourth of five movies that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
McLintock, the owner of the largest ranch in the territory has his share of troubles. His wife, Katherine, who walked out on him two years ago without a word of explanation and has been living back east. And is being challenged by the homesteaders who are now supported by the government, hoping to farm on land that's barely large enough for cattle to graze on. An Indian agent, corrupt land agent and Governor Cuthbert H. Humphrey, are all trying to capture the Indians whose chiefs are being shipped off to a reservation. Katherine is coming back to take custody of their 17-year-old daughter, Rebbecca who's been at school back east. You would think that would be enough, but.. he also now has a young hired hand who is interested romantically in McLintock's daughter. What more could go wrong?
This is the story of the most dysFUNctional family in the West. Which was a lot of fun to watch.
McLintock, movie in full.