McLintock! (1963) Movie Poster

Goofs from McLintock! (1963)

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  • The first punch that was thrown by G.W. at one of the spectators is obviously a fake punch. The fist was 2 inches away from the spectator's face.
  • In the famous chase scene near the end of the movie, when Katherine tries to escape from G.W. into an alley behind the general store, the shadow of the camera as it zooms in for her closeup is clearly visible against the store wall on the left side of the shot.
  • When Agard falls from his horse, his glasses are on his face at an angle. When getting lifted up he has them in his left hand. But when he gets into the buckboard they are back on his face at an angle again.
  • During the fight at the mudslide, when Agard is in the mining cart headed for the slide, the cable pulling the mining cart is clearly visible.
  • In the mud fight scene, a person is seen in the background wearing a modern business suit. In the same shot, there's also a person wearing sunglasses.
  • When McLintock shoots Devlin Warren, he 'shoots' him in the lower abdomen. When Devlin gets up to clean himself off, the 'shot' is in his upper chest.
  • The greeting in Comanche is "maruawe". But the "Comanches" greet each other (and are greeted by McLintock) with "yatahe", which is a Navajo greeting.
  • When Katie runs into the store and is covered with molasses and feathers, she calls G.W. into the store. His scarf is in one position and when he comes back out it is in a different position.
  • In the opening credits there is an artist's rendering of the town of McLintock, with signs for every building indicating that every business in town is owned by McLintock. The sign on one of the buildings misspells McLintock as "McClintock."
  • After McLintock hires young Devlin, McLintock drives off with Drago sitting to his left. The wagon turns around (off-screen) and heads out of town. After the off-screen turnaround, the characters have traded places in the buggy and Drago is now on McLintock's right.
  • In the music of the band that welcomes Becky home at the train, a clarinet can clearly be heard; however, there is no clarinet there.
  • At the start of the "the hell I won't" scene, just before Jones (Leo Gordon) pushes at Wayne with the shotgun, McLintock's (John Wayne) pants are clearly wet up to his knees, as if he had been walking around in the water at the bottom of the mudslide. The next shot the pants are dry.
  • In the store where McLintock is chasing Kathrine,the fall where McLintock crashes into the baskets is very clearly done by stuntman Chuck Roberson, not John Wayne.
  • In the long fight scene at the end, Katherine flies out of a window and lands in a trough of water. After that, trying to escape G.W., she falls into the dusty and muddy road. But still, in the next scene her underwear are clean white - and dry.
  • When John Wayne is hunting with a shotgun, he reloads the shotgun, but it appears that the shotgun shell that he is using is a plastic hulled shotgun shell, not the paper ones or wax impregnated paper ones that would have been common during the time when this movie was supposedly set. In fact, plastic hulled shotgun shells did not come around until Remington introduced them in 1960. Remington used green plastic in their shells, so the movie was more than likely using a modern Remington plastic hull shotgun shell.
  • A tipsy McLintock is trying to walk Katherine upstairs while swigging from a full whiskey bottle. They fall to the bottom of the stairs and the bottle clearly spills. Katherine picks the bottle up and bops McLintock on the head with it, then it becomes a full bottle again just before she throws it against the wall and it shatters.
  • After the mud fight when Mrs. Warren is carrying Katherine's breakfast tray the teapot spout is pointing to her right at the bottom of the stairs but is pointing to her left when she knocks at Katherine's door.
  • During the rodeo scene, a 48 star flag (6 rows x 8 columns) is shown. If this area is still a territory, it's not Alaska or Hawaii. Before Arizona and New Mexico became states, there were 46 stars.
  • After McLintock hires Dev Dev rides a horse to the encampment. First the animal is wearing full harness, next Dev mounts and as he rids away there are stirrups visible; last view entering the camp Dev seems to be riding bareback - no harness under his seat.
  • When Devlin is driving the buggy to take Matt home from the McLintock's with Becky the scenery is passing by much faster than a horse could possibly travel.
  • When the band is playing upon the arrival of McClintock's daughter, the music and the drums play but the drummer's beats are nowhere near hitting the drum; he misses by several inches.
  • During their fight, when Devlin knocks Ben Sage against the wall, there's a visible crease in it, but in the very next shot, the wall has a crack in it that runs to the top of the panel.
  • At the beginning, when GW and Drago leave in the buggy, the back cushion of the rear facing seat in the buggy falls out of place when they take off. When the camera angle changes the seat cushion is now back in place.
  • In the morning, towards the end of the chess game at Birnbaum's store, Sherrif Lord's position changes in the background between camera angles.
  • When Mrs. Warren asks if anything is wrong, and Ching says, "No birdsnest soup," he sets down his chopsticks next to his plate. In the next shot, he sets them down again, resting on his plate.
  • When Junior Douglas is singing with Becky at the McClintock house, he isn't really playing the instrument. His hand movements are completely out of rhythm with the music. Nevertheless, Jerry Van Dyke was an expert banjo player.
  • GW suggests to the shopkeeper that the solution to his chess problem is "queen's bishop to king 4". This is an impossible move, regardless of where the pieces are.
  • When G.W. is dancing with Mrs. Warren at the party, and Ben Sage sees Katie watching them from a distance and getting jealous, he is several feet to Katie's left. When the camera angle changes, he walks up to Katie from the opposite side, on her right, to talk to her.
  • The first man into the mud pit during the fight scene, slides down the hill toward a brownish-reddish muddy water pit, then in closeup he slides into chalky gray water.
  • In the mud hole, after Kate turns and trips over the Indian agent, she is shown face down in the mud with the nearest person behind her standing. Just after she stands up, the Indian agent gets up immediately behind her.
  • When GW and Drago ride the buggy through the middle of the herd, GW talks about the price he'll get when they get the cattle to Kansas City, but his mouth doesn't move.
  • When GW and Drago ride the buggy through the middle of the herd, and the camera angle changes, they can now be seen riding around the herd in the distance.
  • The real-life "Mesa Verde" extends south into New Mexico (a territory at the time of the film), but scenes show saguaro cacti which grow only in the mid and southernmost part of Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Being a fictitious story, the "Mesa Verde" in the film may well be a fictitious place, as the precise location is never given. and allowable under artistic license. The term itself means "green table" and may have been used to describe any mesa with plant life on it. More likely, though, is that this story was filmed in Arizona because 1) there's a studio there (Old Tuscon Studios) and 2) to use the saguaro as a symbol of the old west, a common practice in Hollywood at the time.
  • During the rodeo (approx. 1:48 and 1:51), an evaporator cooler on the roof in the background is visible.
  • After Katy is covered with molasses and feathers, including her hair, during the Indian "attack", McLintock goes to see her 5 minutes later and she greets him with clean dry hair and skin, wearing new corset, slip, etc. While she might have been able to change her garments in that time, there is no way she could have gotten molasses and feathers off of even her hands, much less her hair, in that amount of time.
  • The fight at the mud pit takes place in the morning after GW played chess all night at Birnbaum's store. When GW, Katherine and Drago get home it's night and everyone goes to bed. Unless they stayed in town all day it should still be daytime probably no later than around noon.
  • The band music being "played" for McLintock's daughter's train arrival has a clarinet in the score but no woodwinds are shown in the group of musicians.
  • During the fight between Dev and Ben, G.W.comes out carrying the Whiskey and there is clearly a poorly repaired crack in the wall next to the door. Later, when Ben dives at Dev and misses he runs into the undamaged wall and creates the crack that was there when G.W. walked out of the door earlier.
  • When Katheryn gets off the train O'Hara is in a purple-like dress with a light blue hat. She also has the same outfit on in the mud scene. At the hearing the next day she is wearing the same "clean" outfit.
  • Davey Elk (Perry Lopez) hangs the "Welcome Home" banner for Rebecca McLintock the wrong way. It can't be read from the approaching train or from the passenger platform, but only from the street looking back at the station. (In other words, only from the point of view of the camera, not the characters.)


  • When GW shoots Devlin Warren, the shot appears in the middle of his stomach as he is backing away. When the camera changes and Dev is sitting on the floor, the shot is higher and to the right, on his left breast.
  • When McLintock shoots Devlin Warren, a close up of Devlin shows him raising his hands and backing away. His right hand is clearly empty in this shot, but in the next shot he's holding his hat in his right hand as he falls.
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