McClintock!- A public domain movie with John Wayne

by Jim Morgan

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John Wayne in McClintock (Public Domain Image)

I would deserve to be boiled in oil if I didn’t mention John Wayne’s public domain movie “McClintock!” This 1963 movie star John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Stefanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke, and Wayne’s son Patrick. This movie gives us a humourous take on the battle of the sexes and is often described as The Taming of the Shrew set in the old west. The film also deals with issues such as the generation gap and racism.

This movie was properly copyrighted when it was released in 1963 but due to some legal wrangling the copyright holders were unable to renew the copyright when the time came. Paramount has the right to distribute “official” copies of the film, which probably means copies that have extra footage or interviews with the actors or something.

This is one of my favourite movies of all time. Even if you don’t like westerns you’ll like this movie. It is nowhere near politically correct. Seeing Maureen O’Hara rise up out of the mud after John Wayne knocks her into it is worth the cost of admission alone and it has probably the best spanking scene in any movie ever made.

I realise that John Wayne is enormously popular and that everyone who reads this blog has probably already seen this movie a million times so I won’t go into incredible detail, but this is a FIVE STAR funny movie.

One interesting bit of trivia is that McClintock! didn’t do as well as expected at the box office. Michael Wayne, John’s son, credits this to the movie’s release date which was 22 November 1963. This was the day President Kennedy was assassinated.

Of course this movie can be found at archive.org.

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