Synopsis: George Washington McLintock, "GW" to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He's also surprised to see that his wife Katherine has also returned. She had left him some years before without really explaining what he done but she does make the point of saying that she's returned to take their daughter back to the State Capitol with her. GW is highly respected by everyone around him including the farmers who are pouring into the territories with free grants of land and the Indians who are under threat of being relocated to another reservation. Between his wife, his headstrong daughter, the crooked land agent and the thieving government Indian agent, GW tries to keep the peace and do what is best for everyone.
Director(s): Andrew V. McLaglen
Production: United Artists
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127 min

and not the slightest idea

what the range is for.


- Drag out that hogleg.

- Yes, sir.

Get me some attention.

People, people!

Come on, all of you. Gather round.

People, come on. Gather round.

I'm McLintock.

You people plan to homestead

and farm the Mesa Verde.

Yes, sir.

The government give us each 160 acres.

The government

never gave anybody anything.

Some years back, a lot like you came in.

They had a pretty good first year.

Good summer, easy winter.

But the next year,

the last rain was in February...

and by June, even the jack rabbits

had sense enough to get off the Mesa.

Folks, do you know who that is?

That's McLintock.

George Washington McLintock.

I told them that, Douglas.

He controls the water rights

on 200 square miles of range.

You know that lumber you got?

It came from his land...

cut by his loggers and milled in his mills.

Douglas, I come close to killing you

a couple of times when we were younger.

Saddens me I didn't.

Can you imagine a man who owns all that...

and mines, too, I forgot to mention them.

All that, and he's begrudging poor people...

a measly 160 acres.

That right, Mr. McLintock?

- You begrudge us a little free land?

- There's no such thing as free land.

If you make these homesteads go,

you'll have earned every acre of it.

But you just can't make them go

on the Mesa Verde.

God made that country for buffalo.

Serves pretty well for cattle...

but it hates the plow.

And even the government should know...

that you can't farm

6,000 feet above sea level.

- Any trouble, Mr. McLintock?

- No trouble, Jeff.

- How about you, Douglas?

- Douglas?

Just plain Douglas?

And you call him Mr. McLintock.


Well, Douglas,

I guess it's because he earned it.

- Mr. McLintock?

- Yeah.

I'm a good hand with cattle, Mr. McLintock.

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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