McLintock! (1963)

127 mins | Comedy, Western | 13 November 1963

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HISTORY

Principal photograph began 25 Oct 1962, as stated in a DV production chart published the following day. The production built thirteen new structures and changed the main street of Old Tucson, AZ, a Western town originally constructed in 1940 for the film Arizona (see entry), according to the 17 Oct 1962 DV. . Filming was also set for the area around Nogales, AZ, a town near the Mexican border. The 23 Oct 1962 LAT listed Benson, AZ, a town forty-five miles east from Tucson, as an additional location. The 29 Oct 1962 DV mentioned that executive producer-star John Wayne imported a “squad” of nineteen stuntmen to the set, along with his wife and two young children. Mary Patterson, who portrayed “Beth Warren,” was picked from a drama class at the University of Arizona in Tucson, according to the 13 Dec 1962 LAT. . Victor Allen Holdbrook, age eighty-four, and reputedly the first “stunt rider” in Hollywood films, played a storekeeper, the 30 Nov 1962 DV reported. Wayne also told the 30 Dec 1962 LAT that he recruited Native American actors in AZ because he felt that the abundance of television Westerns had made Hollywood actors who portrayed Indians too familiar. In a later interview with the 25 Nov 1963 LAT, producer Michael Wayne, John Wayne’s eldest son, estimated the budget at $3.5 -- $4 million, which he spent “at the rate of about $50,000 a day,” implying a production schedule of approximately eighty days. One of the sets, a railroad station, was constructed next to real Southern Pacific tracks, and later moved to ... More Less

Principal photograph began 25 Oct 1962, as stated in a DV production chart published the following day. The production built thirteen new structures and changed the main street of Old Tucson, AZ, a Western town originally constructed in 1940 for the film Arizona (see entry), according to the 17 Oct 1962 DV. . Filming was also set for the area around Nogales, AZ, a town near the Mexican border. The 23 Oct 1962 LAT listed Benson, AZ, a town forty-five miles east from Tucson, as an additional location. The 29 Oct 1962 DV mentioned that executive producer-star John Wayne imported a “squad” of nineteen stuntmen to the set, along with his wife and two young children. Mary Patterson, who portrayed “Beth Warren,” was picked from a drama class at the University of Arizona in Tucson, according to the 13 Dec 1962 LAT. . Victor Allen Holdbrook, age eighty-four, and reputedly the first “stunt rider” in Hollywood films, played a storekeeper, the 30 Nov 1962 DV reported. Wayne also told the 30 Dec 1962 LAT that he recruited Native American actors in AZ because he felt that the abundance of television Westerns had made Hollywood actors who portrayed Indians too familiar. In a later interview with the 25 Nov 1963 LAT, producer Michael Wayne, John Wayne’s eldest son, estimated the budget at $3.5 -- $4 million, which he spent “at the rate of about $50,000 a day,” implying a production schedule of approximately eighty days. One of the sets, a railroad station, was constructed next to real Southern Pacific tracks, and later moved to Old Tucson to “tie it in” with photography there. Since the Southern Pacific tracks were still in commercial use, the film company had to frequently move its set train out of the way.
       The 7 Dec 1962 DV reported that the “McLintock! company” had returned to Hollywood, CA, from Tucson, and would begin three weeks of shooting at Paramount Studios on 10 Dec 1962. The 11 Jan 1963 DV announced that the film wrapped that day. The 29 Mar 1963 DV noted that editing had been completed and the film was set to be scored by Frank DeVol beginning 10 Apr 1963. During the recording, Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, and Jerry Van Dyke recorded “Just Right For Me” and “Love In The Country,” scheduled for release on a United Artists Records single, according to the 9 Sep 1963 DV.
       In an article about film distributors moving advertising from newspapers to television, the 20 Feb 1963 Var noted that ABC-Television showed a twenty-minute promotional film about McLintock! on Sunday night, 17 Feb 1963.
       McLintock! premiered at the recently restored United Artists Theatre in Torrance, CA, on 9 Oct 1962, according to the next day’s DV. When it opened a month later, the film was greeted as “another Wild Wayne Western,” by the 22 Nov 1963 LAT, while the 13 Nov 1963 ^DV branded it “a cinematic fricassee of leftovers” from previous John Wayne films. The LAT review dwelled on the slow demise of the Hollywood Western, and called Wayne “a lonely monarch,” because most “sagebrush heroes” had “ridden into the sunset.” The film ranked sixth in the box office grosses for Dec 1963, the 1 Jan 1964 Var reported.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Oct 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
26 Oct 1962
p. 8.
Daily Variety
26 Oct 1962
p. 16.
Daily Variety
29 Oct 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
15 Nov 1962
p. 2.
Daily Variety
28 Nov 1962
p. 3.
Daily Variety
30 Nov 1962
p. 7.
Daily Variety
7 Dec 1962
p. 10.
Daily Variety
10 Dec 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
21 Dec 1962
p. 4.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
29 Mar 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
9 Sep 1963
p. 5.
Daily Variety
10 Oct 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
13 Nov 1963
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
13 Dec 1962
Section D, p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
23 Oct 1962
Section C, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
30 Dec 1962
Section A, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
22 Nov 1963
Section D, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
25 Nov 1963
Section A, p. 3.
Variety
30 Jan 1963
p. 22.
Variety
20 Feb 1963
p. 13.
Variety
1 Jan 1964
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Design
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Cost des
Ladies' cost
MUSIC
Mus coordinator
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
Navajo braiding
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod coordinator
Scr supv
Tech adv
Prop
SOURCES
SONGS
"(McLintock's Theme) Love in the Country," words and music by By Dunham and Frank DeVol, sung by The Limelighters
"Just Right for Me," words and music by By Dunham, sung by Stefanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke, and Patrick Wayne
"Cakewalk," words and music by By Dunham
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SONGS
"(McLintock's Theme) Love in the Country," words and music by By Dunham and Frank DeVol, sung by The Limelighters
"Just Right for Me," words and music by By Dunham, sung by Stefanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke, and Patrick Wayne
"Cakewalk," words and music by By Dunham
"When We Dance," words and music by By Dunham.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
13 November 1963
Premiere Information:
Premiered in Torrance, CA: 9 October 1962
New York opening: 13 November 1963
Production Date:
25 October 1962 -- 11 January 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Batjac Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 November 1963
Copyright Number:
LP26387
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
127
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Ranchers in the southwestern town of McLintock try to force a group of homesteaders out of the area, and George Washington McLintock, ripsnorting cattle baron and the town's leading citizen, finds among them a lovely widow, Louise Warren, whom he hires as a cook. With Louise is her small daughter and her handsome son, Dev. McLintock's estranged wife, Katherine, returns from the East to insist on a divorce and to get custody of their daughter, Becky, who is returning from college. Becky finally arrives, bringing with her a Harvard boy, Matt Douglas, Jr., whose father is one of McLintock's old enemies. Young Douglas' presence leads to fisticuffs with Dev, who is also courting her. In addition to the violent arguments of Katherine and McLintock, there is more trouble when a band of Comanche Indians just released from prison arrives in town to make a final stand against the white man. Dev and Becky announce their engagement when this crisis subsides, but McLintock, roused to an exasperated fury by Katherine's jealousy and stubborness, chases her through the town and, upon catching her, gives her a solid spanking, much to the delight of the onlookers. After he tells her to go ahead and get a divorce, Katherine throws herself into his arms, and the McLintocks are together ... +


Ranchers in the southwestern town of McLintock try to force a group of homesteaders out of the area, and George Washington McLintock, ripsnorting cattle baron and the town's leading citizen, finds among them a lovely widow, Louise Warren, whom he hires as a cook. With Louise is her small daughter and her handsome son, Dev. McLintock's estranged wife, Katherine, returns from the East to insist on a divorce and to get custody of their daughter, Becky, who is returning from college. Becky finally arrives, bringing with her a Harvard boy, Matt Douglas, Jr., whose father is one of McLintock's old enemies. Young Douglas' presence leads to fisticuffs with Dev, who is also courting her. In addition to the violent arguments of Katherine and McLintock, there is more trouble when a band of Comanche Indians just released from prison arrives in town to make a final stand against the white man. Dev and Becky announce their engagement when this crisis subsides, but McLintock, roused to an exasperated fury by Katherine's jealousy and stubborness, chases her through the town and, upon catching her, gives her a solid spanking, much to the delight of the onlookers. After he tells her to go ahead and get a divorce, Katherine throws herself into his arms, and the McLintocks are together again. +

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