It’s a clip from a 1963 western comedy featuring John Wayne and another face who probably looks very familiar. It’s captioned:
“I don’t give jobs, I hire men.” Who else believes in hard work like the Duke? #JohnWayneValues.”
Let’s set up the scene. It’s from the 1963 John Wayne classic, McLintock! Wayne played G.W. McLintock, a rancher who is estranged from his wife (Maureen O’Hara).
McLintock hires a woman named Louise (Yvonne DeCarlo) to be his housekeeper and cook. She’s a widow and brings her two children. One of them is her grown son, Dev.
Now, the grown son is played by Patrick Wayne. Yes, the last name is no coincidence. He’s the second oldest son of John Wayne and his first wife, Josie. Patrick was in seven movies with his dad.
John Wayne Knocks His Son to the Ground in Key Scene
The scene opens with Dev confronting McLintock. He likes to brawl. And he takes a swing at McLintock. John Wayne ends up dumping his son on the street. He says: “I’ve been punched many a time in my life, but never for hiring anybody.”
Dev responded: “I don’t know what to say. I never begged before. It turned my stomach I should have been grateful you gave me the job.”
And now comes the John Wayne lesson. He bellows: “Boy, you got it all wrong. I don’t give jobs, I hire men.”
Dev was surprised that McLintock still wanted to hire him, as he promises “I’ll certainly deliver a fair day’s work.”
McLintock replies: “And for that, I’ll pay you a fair day’s wage. You won’t give me anything, and I won’t give you anything. We both hold up our ends.”
And scene. Someone wrote those lines for John Wayne, but they were pertinent then and they still haven’t lost their meaning now.
Movie Ends on a Happy Note, Reflects Many of Wayne’s Real-Life Views
The movie also ended on a good note (spoiler alert). Dev and McLintock’s daughter, Becky, get engaged, so in the movie, Patrick Wayne ends up as his read dad’s son-in-law. And John Wayne as McLintock reconciles with his wife. Here’s a fun fact about the movie. It was the fourth time that Wayne and O’Hara were in movies together. There were five total. Meanwhile, De Carlo was seven years removed from her role as Sephora, Moses’ wife, on The Ten Commandments. A year later, De Carlo became Lily Munster on the 60s classic TV series, The Munsters.
The movie was successful at the box office. That was especially financially helpful to John Wayne, who sunk a ton of his own money into The Alamo, a movie from 1960. Wayne also developed the script, and wanted the movie to reflect some of his political views. Plus, there was another family connection. His oldest son Michael was a producer.