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Cattle baron George Washington McLintock (John Wayne) is living the single life on his ranch. He is estranged from his snobbish wife, Katherine (Maureen O'Hara), who left him two years before. McLintock hires young Devlin Warren as a hand and his beautiful mother, Louise Warren, as his cook and welcomes their family into his home. He also butts heads with Matt Douglas, a sleazy bureaucrat who is looking to discredit McLintock, and remove the local Indians. Sparks begin to fly as an unexpected turn of events results in brawls, gunfire, an Indian attack... and the return of Mrs. McLintock, who wants custody over their daughter Becky (coming home from college) and a divorce from G.W.
The film has the following tropes:
- Badass Family: The McLintock family.
- Braids, Beads, and Buckskins
- Camp Cook: Louise Warren, but she's a really good cook.
- Cattle Baron: McLintock; he started out as a rancher and worked long and hard so his wife and daughter would prosper.
- Chinese Shop Owner: Ching, until he retires and is made "part of the family" by McLintock so he won't work himself too hard.
Ching: Crummy family, crummy family!
- Determined Homesteader's Wife: Katie started out as this, then she became a stuffy Rich Bitch.
- Fiery Redhead: Maureen O'Hara's character, Katherine; her behavior certanly fits that red hair.
- Injun Country: Actually the Indian's where fighting to stay in one perticular part of the country, unfortunatly Cuthbert H. Humphrey had other ideas.
- Rule of Funny: The fight scene near the mud-hole, everyone that could fall in... did.
- Southern Gentleman: Ol' Douglas Jr. tries to be this, but mostly comes across as a hapless geek.
- Tar and Feathers
- The Wild West
- You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses: Ol' Jr. puts on a pair after he's told that somebody should put a stop to a fist fight he's currently watching.