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  • John Wayne insisted that the role of the weak, insipid Governor be called "Cuthbert H. Humphrey", with the intention that he be seen as a parody of liberal Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, whom Wayne intensely disliked.
  • John Wayne was very annoyed when promotional events were postponed for a week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Wayne disliked Kennedy and blamed him for losing the Bay of Pigs invasion and for giving in to Soviet demands during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Although Stefanie Powers claims that John Ford came to the set to direct the movie for a week, director Andrew V. McLaglen says that it never happened. He says he was there for the entire shoot of the movie.
  • Although often seen as simply a knockabout comedy, John Wayne also intended the film to be a statement of his own conservative political views.
  • The inspiration for this raucous John Wayne comedy was none other than William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", which producer Michael Wayne and director Andrew V. McLaglen thought would have even more of a comedic kick if it were set in the Old West.
  • The "mudhole" in which the famous brawl took place wasn't actually made of mud. It was made of a material called bentonite, which is used in the drilling of oil wells and has the consistency of chocolate syrup. According to Leo Gordon (the first one to be knocked down it), that scene took a week to shoot.
  • In the scene where the Comanches are being outfitted with rifles, it's easy to see that they're Krag Jorgensen carbines, meaning that this film takes place in at least 1896, as the Krag wasn't issued as a standard military rifle until 1894.
  • Fourth of five movies that paired John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
  • During the pheasant hunting segment John Wayne was shooting real birdshot. The pheasants were released on cue so that he knew when and where to shoot.
  • Maureen O'Hara wrote in her autobiography that the famous climactic spanking scene was completely authentic and that John Wayne carried it out with such gusto that she had bruises for a week.
  • The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
  • Final film of Gordon Jones. NOTE: He died of a heart attack just after production ended, but before the film was released to theaters.
  • When Batjac, John Wayne's production company, needed completion funds for The Alamo (1960), it borrowed the money from United Artists. The Batjac film library was used as collateral for the loan. Making "McLintock" profitably for United Artists allowed Batjac to reclaim control of the films.
  • Henry Hathaway was John Wayne's first choice for director, but his salary demands caused the producer-star to opt for director Andrew V. McLaglen, the son of his old friend and colleague Victor McLaglen.
  • According to producer/son Michael Wayne, in the scene where JW (John Wayne) jumps from a hay loft to a pile of hay in a sitting position, Wayne thought it looked like fun and insisted on doing it himself, instead of a stuntman. Although studios frown on a valuable star doing a potentially dangerous stunt, Wayne eventually was allowed to do it, but it was also shot with a stuntman, just in case.
  • The second and last picture in which John Wayne uses the term "pilgrim" The other is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), in which he uses the term 23 times. In this one, he only uses it once.
  • This film has several flashback references to Hondo (1953), mostly about the Indian chief and John Wayne. Also, the Indian chief in this film is the same actor (Michael Pate) as the one in "Hondo".
  • Maureen O'Hara stated in an interview that she wanted to do the stunt where she is supposed to jump through a plate-glass window. The studio not only would not allow her to do it, but it wouldn't allow even a stunt woman to do it--they insisted it was too dangerous even for a trained stunt woman and said it had to be done by a male stuntman. So the stunt was performed by veteran stunt man Dean Smith wearing a wig and O'Hara's clothes.
  • The 11th highest grossing film of 1963.
  • The success of the film helped John Wayne enormously, as The Alamo (1960) had cost him in both financial and "box-office capital" terms.
  • Produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions for United Artists, Wayne's estate retained the rights to the film. In 1994 a legal case determined the film was in the public domain in the U.S., but the music score remained under copyright.
  • Andrew V. McLaglen was the first director that John Wayne had to look up to. At 6'7" McLaglen was more than three inches taller than Wayne.
  • When John Wayne needed 500 longhorn steers for a key scene, the Mexican government lent them to him. Mexican longhorns' horns tip up, as opposed to American longhorns, whose horns tip down.
  • The only film Yvonne De Carlo and John Wayne appeared in together.
  • The film takes place in late June and early July 1895. Douglas Jr. has just returned from college and said he graduated valedictorian class of '95.
  • John Wayne and [nk=nm0000058] portrayed a married couple in The Quiet Man (1952). In that film, Wayne's character, Sean Thornton, walks into the house drunk, and shouts at O'Hara's character, Mary Kate, "Woman of the house!" In this film .his character walks in the house drunk and uses the same call to get her attention, "Woman of the house!"
  • Early in the movie, GW McLintock, while addressing the settlers, refers to their being in the Mesa Verde which is in Colorado. Later, during the horse races, seguaro cactus are seen in the background. Saguaro grow in southern Arizona and Mexico, not Colorado.
  • The McLintock ranch house is also seen briefly in an early scene of Tom Horn (1980) with Steve McQueen where Horn first eats a lobster.
  • After Becky expresses concern that Devlin might die after her father supposedly shoots him, G. W. says,"If he does, he'll be the first man ever killed with a blank cartridge." Two decades later, in 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after discharging a pistol loaded with a blank cartridge against his own temple in a misguided prank.
  • Jack Kruschen's "use to help you" response to the tincture of arnica question implies Jake is older than GW (John Wayne); in fact, he was 15 years younger than the Wayne.
  • Included two "Queens of Technicolor", [nk=nm0000058] and Yvonne De Carlo, who had both received the nickname earlier in their careers.


  • During the scene when GW ([ link=nm000007) chases Katherine through town, the melody of "With Cat-Like Tread" from the W.S. Gilbert / [ Arthur Sullivan operetta "Pirates of Penzance" is heard. It is played in at least two different keys, as well as a counter-melody version after the famous spanking scene,
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