Friday, August 22, 2008


People! People! People! Last week I re-watched one of my favorite movies of all time, and definitely my favorite western, McLintock.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara team up in this western comedy that lacks the goofiness of Blazing Saddles, but absolutely has its fair share of chuckles! I don't know how old I was when my mom brought this movie home, but it's one of those I probably quote more often than I realize.

The story is about George Washington McLintock, a well-off rancher with a rather callus way of dealing with women. His wife, Kate, comes back to the town of McLintock to welcome their daughter home from school. She has been off attending swarees with the Governer. For some reason Kate has a lot of contempt toward her husband, but always with a sly smile behind every insult. The story is of McLintock and Kate rekindling the passion their relationship once had, through mud brawls, drunken serenades, and finally a big city celebration with a rodeo and "march" down the main street!

John Wayne's son, Patrick Wayne stars in the movie, as well as Jerry Van Dyke, who most people will remember as "Luther" on the TV show Coach.

Some of the better lines from McLintock include:

George Washington McLintock: If these settlers get burned out, there'll be a lot of hollerin' that this country is too wild to be a state. We'll go on bein' a territory some more, with a lot of political appointees runnin' it according to what they learned in some college where they think cows are somethin' you milk and Indians are somethin' in front of a cigar store.

George Washington McLintock: I know I'm gonna use good judgement. I haven't lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have got somebody killed... and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't, I won't. The hell I won't
[belts man in the mouth]

Drago: I'm sorry Katherine - that Katie just slipped out from times when I remember you as being nice people...
Katherine McClintock: Are you going to stand there with that stupid look on your face while the hired help insults your wife?
George Washington McLintock: He can't help it - he's just ignorant. He doesn't know any better than to tell the truth. And I can't help this stupid look. I started acquiring it as you gained in social prominence!

And finally:
George Washington McLintock: Don't say it's a fine morning or I'll shoot ya!

And here is one of my favorite scenes from this beloved movie...don't worry, no spoilers here!


Saddle Mountain Rider said...

I love the on-screen chemistry between Duke and Maureen. They cant help but have a glint in their eyes when they look at one another. They were long time friends off camera, as well.

Carolynn said...

Oooooh....that was spooky. I could hear John Wayne's voice in my head the whole time.

I grew up on late night western movies and John Wayne was my Dad's favourite. I think he wanted to BE John Wayne when grew up.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

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The little black mare is about 14.2-14.3.

And my favorite line from McClintock...No whiskey...we go now!

Pony Girl said...

I haven't seen it! We will have to have a movie night when Paint Girl and I finally get over your way! ;)