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Last of the Comanches (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 1 February 1953 (USA)
The remnants of a massacred cavalry troop and ragtag group of stagecoach passengers fight for survival against fierce Comanches at a desert ruin.

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Sgt. Matt Trainor
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Julia Lanning
Johnny Stewart ...
Little Knife
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Jim Starbuck
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Rusty Potter
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Romany O'Rattigan
Hugh Sanders ...
Denver Kinnaird
Ric Roman ...
Martinez
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Henry Ruppert
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Billy Creel
Milton Parsons ...
Satterlee the Prophet
Jack Woody ...
Cpl. Floyd
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Black Cloud
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It's 1876 and all the Indians are at peace except the Comanches lead by Black Cloud. When Black Cloud wipes out a town, only six soldiers are left and they head for the nearest fort. In the desert they are reinforced by members of a stagecoach and find some water at a deserted mission. Pinned down by Black Cloud they send an Indian boy who was Black Cloud's prisoner on to the fort while they try to bargain with Black Cloud whom they learn is without water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Ten men ... a woman ... and only a ghost of a chance ! See more »


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The Sabre and the Arrow  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film shows the surrender of the Comanches in 1876, after a final violent struggle. In reality, the Comanche surrender was peaceful and took place on June 2, 1875. The last Comanche tribe to surrender was led by Quanah Parker--who was actually half-white but whom the Comanches nevertheless chose as their leader--and came into Fort Sill, Oklahoma, under a flag of truce. Thereafter, they lived on the reservation. See more »

Goofs

When Sergeant Trainor goes to talk to Black Cloud and the other Indian leaders, he passes the body of a dead Indian lying with its head towards the Mission walls. While he is talking to the Indian leaders, some Indian warriors collect this body, which is now lying with its head away from the Mission. See more »

Quotes

Black Cloud: I am Black Cloud.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: That figures.
Black Cloud: Black Cloud come to make peace talk.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: [Sarcastically] I didn't think you came here to make jokes. What's on your mind?
Black Cloud: Black Cloud mighty chief... greatest of all! His warriors are many...
Sgt. Matt Trainor: [Interrupting] Soon as you're finished patting yourself on the back, let's get down to cases. What's the deal?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Indian tribes of the southwest were at peace, except for the notorious renegade Comanche chieftain,Black Cloud, and his savage followers.

For three years his raids and massacres threatened the security of the new peace.

On August 27th, 1876, a cavalry scouting patrol, out from Fort Macklin seeking Black Cloud, stopped for water at the little town of Dry Buttes.

Here, Black Cloud trapped them... See more »

Connections

Remake of Sahara (1943) See more »

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Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me
(uncredited)
Attributed to Thomas Brigham Bishop
Sung, with additional lyrics, by the soldiers at the Mission
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Good enough remake.
6 November 2009 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Seems weird though to already make a remake, only 10 years after the original This movie is being based on the 1943 movie "Sahara", which starred Humphrey Bogart in the main lead. That movie in return though was also a remake of the 1937 Soviet production "Trinadtsat". All that these three movies have in common are of course that they feature the same story and main premise but also feature different settings and groups of people. The 1937 version had Soviet soldiers, set in the Asian wastelands, the 1943 had American soldiers in the Sahara desert, during WW II and this version features a couple of American soldiers as well, only set in the late 19th century in the wild west.

It's funny that this movie also stars Lloyd Bridges again, who had also starred previously before in the 1943 movie "Sahara". This time he plays a more grateful role though. Also the Oscar winner Broderick Craword plays in this movie, as its main lead. Not that he impresses much though and nor does any of the other actors really. This has more to do with the script that is lacking in some good dialog. Also the characters just don't ever work out well in the movie. The movie obviously didn't cost a lot of money to make and it's also really a bit clumsily and cheap looking at times, especially when you compare it the black & white movie of 10 years earlier.

Still it's a fair enough and entertaining movie to watch. You can say that the movie serves it's purpose but you just feel that they just didn't do the best possible with its source material. Still its main concept remains what makes this movie a good and also quite entertaining one to watch.

The movie has plenty of action in it, though it also feels after a while that the movie starts repeating itself with its moments at times. Some of the moments also feel like they were put in just for the sake of having some action in the movie.

A good enough remake of a remake.

6/10

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