The 1963 American Western comedy McLintock!, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The film also features Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Wayne’s kid (billed as a special guest star). Wayne’s company, Batjac Productions, produced the movie, which was largely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and shot in Technicolor and Panavision. The movie entered the public domain in the U.S in 1991. As a result, the 28th year after its premiere, the claimant failed to renew its copyright registration.
LET’S GET STARTED WITH MCLINTOCK’S PLOT
John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara featured in the 1963 American Western comedy McLintock!, which was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills, and Yvonne DeCarlo, as well as Wayne’s son, also appear in the movie (billed as a special guest star). The film, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, was made by Wayne’s firm, Batjac Productions, and was shot in Technicolor and Panavision. Due to the claimant’s failure to renew their copyright registration in the 28th year following its release, the movie fell into the public domain in the United States in 1991. Devlin to camp to pick up his belongings, and while there, G.W. runs into his lovely mother, who feeds him biscuits. He hires her, too, after being impressed. G.W. learns that his wife has arrived back in town in the interim. She wants a divorce to take Rebecca back east to be raised in society.
WHAT WAS THE INITIAL RESPONSE VIEWERS TO MCLINTOCK
The Alamo had cost Wayne financially, and in terms of “box office capital,” thus the movie came out at a good moment. In North America, McLintock! made $14,500,000, with $7.25 million coming from theatre rentals in the U.S. The movie, according to Andrew McLaglen, “placed me in the big time.” Hellfighters (1968), The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970), and Cahill, U.S. Marshal were his next four movies with Wayne (1973). The wildly humorous Western, according to Bosley Crowther, “sounded like a promising notion” because of its lavish setting, outdoor action, vibrant colors, and cast that is nearly entirely drawn from John Ford’s extensive filmography honoring the American frontier culture. When the task at hand is as challenging as a lusty farce, good intentions are insufficient, as was the case when “the direction was given to a relative rookie, Victor McLaglen’s television-trained son, Andrew V. McLaglen.”
REVEALING THE CAST OF MCLINTOCK
As George Washington “G.W.” McLintock, John Wayne. Maureen O’Hara plays Katherine McLintock. As Devlin Warren, Patrick Wayne. Stefanie Powers plays Becky McLintock. Jake Birnbaum, played by Jack Kruschen. Wills as Drago, chill. Louise Warren, played by Yvonne De Carlo. Matt Douglas Jr. is played by Jerry Van Dyke. Bunny Dull, played by Edgar Buchanan. Davey Elk, played by Perry Lopez. Martin Strother as Agard. Matt Douglas is Gordon Jones. Robert Lowery plays Cuthbert H. Humphrey. As Curly Fletcher, Hank Worden. Puma, Chief of the Comanche Nation, played by Michael Pate. Ben Sage, Sr., played by Bruce Cabot. Ben Sage, Jr., played by Edward Faulkner. Camille is Mari Blanchard. Jones is Leo Gordon. Sheriff Jeff Lord is Chuck Roberson. As a train engineer, Bob Steele. As Alice Warren, Aissa Wayne. Fauntleroy Sage, played by “Big” John Hamilton. As Ching, H.W. Gim.
PRODUCTION UNIT OF MCLINTOCK
John Wayne wrote the screenplay to contrast previous movies in which he starred but had little creative control, like John Ford’s The Searchers, and to express his displeasure with the way Westerns unfairly portray Native Americans, his views on domestic violence, and his dissatisfaction with political corruption from both parties. The emphasis on comedy and use of the Western setting for potential slapstick is another stark departure from Wayne’s last movies. Andrew McLaglen, the son of Wayne’s longstanding co-star Victor McLaglen, who had directed several low-budget pictures and had a significant television career, was given the task of leading by him. Even though Michael Wayne had contributed in various capacities to several prior movies, this was the first film that he, his father, John Wayne, had produced. Patrick, the younger son of John Wayne, played the role of the small boy.