More on westerns, that movie and Hollywood legends

09May12

publicity still for mcklintock with Stepahnie Powers and Patrick WayneStefanie Powers nudeCame across this publicity still for McLintock! For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, the spanking in question was instigated by Patrick Wayne with a coal shovel provided by an on looking father played by John Wayne. Most people focus on the prolonged Maureen O’Hara spanking at the climax of the film, but Stephanie Powers getting her just deserts has an appeal all of its own.

The other picture is from a slightly later (unnamed) western and is a rare nude shot of Stephanie Powers .

These days  Stephanie Powers tends to invest her time in animal charities set up in the name of her late partner William Holden.

Holden, over 20 years her senior, had a nine year relationship with Powers before his death in 1981.

The age gap between her and the suave but macho Holden prompted many rumours at the time and since; the link between McLintock!’s famous scene and a possible paternal relationship being among them.

We know what most people would like to believe, but Ms Powers is not saying.

As for Maureen O’Hara, she freely admitted that her spanking scene in the movie was not faked or played for laughs. Apparently John Wayne was not adverse to a practical joke and a bit of method acting. One can hope, if only for the sake of Ms O’Hara’s bottom, that shooting the scene was done in one take.



3 Responses to “More on westerns, that movie and Hollywood legends”

  1. 1 paul1510

    Damian,
    the spanking scenes of the ’50s. ’60’s and ’70’s seem to have taken on a almost mythical ambiance. 😉
    I don’t remember this being the case at the time. 🙂
    Paul.

    • 2 DJ

      I think there is a certain satisfaction from having a ‘natural’ spanking occur in routine situation in a mainstream movie rather than in an often indifferently made ‘porn’ flick.

      Since today most mainstream movies don’t have these scenes and the ones from the past are often censored – then it tends to impart a mystique to the few that put in an appearance.

  2. 3 OBA

    So as already mentioned “McLintock!” doesn’t really have one storyline rather than several little ones which interlink and frankly none of them are that original.

    In a way the central storyline revolves around GW’s estranged wife returning to town and making his life a misery with her bossy demands including wanting a divorce, all of which is a slim mask for her true emotions towards her husband. And so what we get is basically John Wayne dealing with a forthright woman, very much in the same style as ” Donovan’s Reef ” which came out in the same year.

    And as such we get John Wayne acting typically bullish and ending up winning her over in what boils down to a chase scene at a 4th of July party and spanking her. Watching all of this now it feels so wrong but at the same time amusingly so right.


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