Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Movie Madness: McLintock!

I've never been a big watcher of Westerns.  I've seen 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly', but otherwise it's just not a genre I've spent a lot of time with, unless you count 'Blazing Saddles'.  Because of that, there's only one John Wayne movie I've ever seen, and it's my recommendation review for this week's post.

'McLintock!' isn't a drama with a lot of tense close-ups and high noon shoot-outs, it's a comedy Western that's on Netflix Instant now, available on DVD, and also appears occasionally on cable TV.

Whenever it is on, I'm bound to stop and watch for a while.  Wayne is the titular McLintock, G.W., a cattle rancher with an estranged 'city gal' wife, Kate, played by Maureen O'Hara.  They have a love/hate relationship that isn't really PC, but I just have to suspend my feminist response until the credits end.  Spousal spanking in real life is disturbing, in a 1960s Hollywood flick it's a comedy relic.  There's a plot about Indians and settlements, but that's all just a means of getting these two to spar.  And their daughter follows suit with her own romantic entanglements.

This movie is a family favorite, so much so that my mom has named a crocheted penguin after G.W.  Meet our version of McLintock:

She brings him along on various adventures and takes his picture.  Eventually, she wants to knit him a ginger companion to be his Kate.

With the crafting seal of approval, I think this movie is more than worth of a mention this Movie Madness Monday.


  1. I love McLintock! I too watch it every time it's on TV. I was never a John Wayne fan but loved this movie. So glad you posted a review!

  2. I've not seen that movie. I'll have to check it out.