McLintock (1963) – Review

G.W McLintock (John Wayne) is a wealthy rancher and well respected member of his community, that uses his power and influence in the territory he lives to keep the peace between many different parties, including farmers, ranchers, corrupt government officials and Indians. He must continue to do this while anxiously waiting for the return of his daughter, Rebecca (Stefanie Powers), while also trying to keep tensions calm with his wife, Katherine (Maureen O’Hara). Not the most action packed and suspenseful western of this era but certainly worth a watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Writers: James Edward Grant
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Stefanie Powers, Patrick Wayne

After recently watching and reviewing The Searchers (1956) and Rio Bravo (1959), McLintock was next up when it came to John Wayne western flicks. One major thing that stood out to me was the fact that this didn’t really seem like a typical western at all and it’s worth noting that even John Wayne’s character didn’t draw his gun once during the entire one-hundred and twenty-seven-minute runtime. For me, this seemed to represent an easy to watch, straight forward drama with quite a few comedic, and dare I say, slapstick, moments included too, rather than the more action packed and thrilling western films usually John Wayne is known for.

One of the primary strengths had to come in the form of the dialogue spoken by the vast array of interesting and diverse characters before us. Whether they were ranchers, storekeepers, sheriffs, government officials or saloon workers, the town that McLintock represented was one of intrigue straight away and chemistry certainly wasn’t an issue at any time.

To compliment the diverse cast of characters was of course, the beautiful and effective set and costume design, which looked even more impressive in the widescreen, full coloured aspect ratio copy that I was fortunate enough to see this movie in. Something else that looked particularly impressive in this full coloured version of the film were some of the more iconic scenes thrown in there too – those included the infamous mud slide scene along with the 4th July celebrations towards the end of the flick.

In terms of the acting performances, John Wayne did what John Wayne does best and portrayed the role of the stern, wealthy but at times softer and humorous, G.W McLintock, while Maureen O’Hara adopted the role of his feisty yet extremely likeable wife, Katherine. Elsewhere, the younger Stefanie Powers played the role of Becky McLintock, while Patrick Wayne (John’s son), featured as Devlin Warren, the love interest of Rebecca.

For sure, McLintock isn’t as action packed and exciting as some would hope, but if you’re hoping to sit back and enjoy an impressive throwback on a lazy afternoon then this could be right up your street – give it a shot.

“Are you going to stand there with that stupid look on your face while the hired help insults your wife?”

Katherine McLintock – McLintock

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