For Ages 12 and Over
George W. McLintock (John Wayne) is a cattle baron, banker and model citizen with the world in his hands. The only thing missing is his wife, Katherine (Maureen O’Hara), who left him two years earlier, suspecting him of adultery. In an effort to get on with his life, McLintock saves a beautiful but improvised widow from resettlement and hires her as his cook, welcoming both her and her two children into his home. Sparks begin to fly and McLintock’s simple lifestyle comes to a crashing halt as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack, and the engagement of his only daughter and the return of Mrs. McLintock!
When I was growing up John Wayne was the star to watch and my family’s favorite. I believe I have seen every movie he ever made. This movie is one of my favorites. In fact I remember going with my parents and two brothers to the Drive-in to watch “McLintock” when it came out. Boy have times changed since the Duke and Maureen O’Hara made this one.
This is a comedy and western with romance. I think as little kids most of the romance went over our heads and all we thought about was the cowboys and the Indians. The biggest thing I always remembered was the brawl that happened at the muddy pond plus the ending when John Wayne chased Maureen O’Hara thorough the town, giving her a spanking.
Today this movie would never make it. Too much drinking, not politically correct when it comes to Native Americans (Indians) and how to treat women. But it is still a classic and there may even be some good lessons to learn. Such as how to treat other people, don’t always assume the worst in people and marriage sometimes is a challenge. Although I saw this movie at the age of nine, today I have to give it a 12+ Dove “Family-Approved” Seal due to content.