"Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth..."
Description: John Wayne as George Washington McLintock, in the rowdy western comedy motion picture McLintock! (1963).
George Washington "GW" McLintock is a wealthy cattle baron living in the old west in the town of McLintock. He is a seasoned cowboy, Indian fighter and happily-married businessman.
"He put his brand on the territory and every woman in it!"
But one day, his wife Katherine Gilhooley McLintock (Maureen O'Hara), suspecting her husband of infidelity (she finds lipstick on his collar), runs off with their daughter, Becky (Stefanie Powers) and leaves McLintock to run his empire alone.
Being a rugged individualist, GW manages just fine, but he eventually needs help in the kitchen, so he hires the lovely widow, Mrs. Louise Warren (Yvonne de Carlo) as cook, who brings with her, a small daughter, Alice Warren (Aissa Wayne) and her handsome son, Devlin "Dev" Warren (Patrick Wayne).
Suddenly, GW's estranged wife, Katherine returns after being gone for two years, and seeks a divorce from GW and insists that their daughter, Becky, now grown, live with her, because she wants to give her a more gentile lifestyle. Immediately, Katherine moves back in to the house, and sends signals to the new cook that GW is her property, at least for the present.
In the midst of all this domestic upheaval, McLintock hears that a father of a local girl (Leo Gordon) is about to hang an Indian suspected of kidnapping his daughter (who actually went on a horse ride with her beau).
McLintock confronts the girl’s father, takes the shotgun from his hand, and confesses, "I haven't lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning and might of got somebody killed and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth, but I won’t. I won't." [pauses] "The Hell I won’t!"
McLintock belts the man in the mouth and knocks him into a water-filled gully. A rip roaring fistfight ensues as dozens of people, including McLintock and his wife, Katherine get knocked into the muddy scuffle.
"Cuthbert H. Humphrey, Governor of our territory, is a cull. Do you know what a cull is, ma'am? A cull is a specimen that is so worthless that you have to cut him out of the herd. Now if all the people in the world were put in one herd, Cuthbert is the one I would throw a rope at." - GW McLintock
When Becky returns from college, she brings Matt Douglas, Jr. (Jerry Van Dyke), a Harvard boy whose father is one of McLintock's old enemies. Romance sparks as both Matt Douglas, Jr. and Dev, the cook's son begins to court Becky. Of course, this leads to a fistfight.
As McLintock and Katherine continue to argue about their divorce and what is best for Becky, a band of discontented Comanche Indians arrives in town to raise a ruckus, just as Dev and Becky announce their engagement.
Finally, fed up with Katherine's jealousy and stubbornness, GW chases her through town, causing quite a bit of damage as they play "catch me if you can" through a general store. When GW catches Katherine, he puts her across his knee, and in front of a large crowd of citizens, paddles her behind with a small metal shovel.
As he finishes, he quietly pronounces, "Now, you can have your divorce." Handing the small paddle to Dev, his son-in-law-to-be, GW says, "Here, you may need this."
As GW rides out of town in a buggy, Katherine, humbled by the experience and still in love with GW, runs after him, climbs aboard the back of the buggy and reconciles with her husband.
NOTE: Every time McClintock returns from a trip, he has a habit of throwing his cowboy hat at the weather vane on the roof shaped like a long-horned steer. He always hits the mark. The film's closing scene shows the weather vane adorned with McLintock's hat as it spins in the wind. Inside the house, as both GW and Katherine prepare for bed, we hear his wife say, "310 times. Now that's a record."