McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and loosely based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The film is famous (or notorious) for its two spanking scenes, in which mother and daughter are each paddled with coal shovels: the daughter by her suitor, the mother by her estranged husband.
Produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions for United Artists, John Wayne's estate retained the rights to the film. Legal suits prevented the film's copyright from being renewed, causing the film to enter the public domain.
Despite being available in public domain distributors for the past decade, the first official home video issue of the film was released in the mid-1990s by MPI Home Video. Years later, in 2005, Paramount struck a distribution deal with Batjac and thus is now the home video rights holder for this film.
The official DVD presentation includes restored and remastered video and audio with extensive documentary, commentary, and bonus features. The High and the Mighty, Hondo, and Island in the Sky — three other John Wayne features — faced the same situation and were issued around the same time.
Cattle baron George Washington McLintock is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from his wife Katherine who left him two years before, suspecting him of adultery. McLintock hires beautiful widow Louise Warren as his cook and welcomes both her and her two children into his home. Sparks begin to fly as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack...and the return of Mrs. McLintock, who wants custody over their daughter Becky (who returns from college only a few days after her mother's arrival) and a divorce!
|John Wayne||George Washington McLintock|
|Maureen O'Hara||Katherine McLintock|
|Yvonne de Carlo||Louise Warren|
|Patrick Wayne||Devlin Warren|
|Stefanie Powers||Becky McLintock|
|Jake Kruschen||Jake Birnbaum|
|Jerry Van Dyke||Matt Douglas, Jr.|
|Edgar Buchanan||Bunny Dull|
|Bruce Cabot||Ben Sage|
|Perry Lopez||Davey Elk|
|Gordon Jones||Matt Douglas|
|Robert Lowery||Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphreys|