“George Washington McLintock,” is the name that Katherine McLintock wistfully whispers to herself as she comes face to face with estranged husband of 2 years.
Standing eye to eye for the first time in 730 days, the McLintock’s are reuniting for a rather important moment in their lives – the finalization of their divorce.
Spearheaded by Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, McLintock! is a film that may be overlooked compared to other Wayne/O’Hara collaborations.
Action packed with slapstick comedy, romantic tension, and witty dialogue by James Edward Grant, the film is a refreshing take on the western genre.
It may star John Wayne, but it isn’t your typical “shoot em’ up cowboy” movie.
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, McLintock! is a family friendly, comedy romp starring two Hollywood legends.
It tells the story of George McLintock as he struggles both professionally and personally to overcome various obstacles in his life.
Whether it be his ex-wife returning to his ranch to beg for their daughter’s custody, Native Americans fighting him for a piece of his land, or local townsfolk harassing him for no good reason, the predicaments that George gets himself into makes for a hilarious movie.
One of the more memorable scene from the film was the giant mudslide fight about halfway through the movie. The scene, which lastest a grand total of 10 minutes is an absolute ‘gut buster.’ It had me rolling on the ground for a good 5 minutes, my lungs were very sore after that ordeal.
O’Hara, often known for her grittiness and willingness to do action sequences, did all of her own stunts in the scene. As a woman, I’d have to say that was very commendable, and it’s probably something I would’ve done as well.
Lastly, and perhaps the funniest scene of the picture is its finale. It sees a half naked (not really, she was wearing bloomers) O’Hara soaking wet and soiled running away from an irked and disgruntled John Wayne.
When he finally catches up with her, it culminates in Wayne taking O’Hara over his knew and smacking her into submission.
Sexist? A tad bit.
Is it in line with the movie’s plotline? Absolutely!
That’s why I believe McLintock! is the perfect comfort movie. It’s not the best Western out there, but it doesn’t attempt to be.
It does it its job perfectly.
It’s entertaining, nostalgic, and the excellent film to watch when you want to unwind from a long day at work.
What more could you ask for?