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Last of the Comanches (1953)

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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
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Rusty Potter
George Mathews ...
Romany O'Rattigan
Hugh Sanders ...
Denver Kinnaird
Ric Roman ...
Martinez
Chubby Johnson ...
Henry Ruppert
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Billy Creel
Milton Parsons ...
Satterlee the Prophet
Jack Woody ...
Cpl. Floyd
John War Eagle ...
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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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1 February 1953 (USA)  »

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Dürstende Lippen  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Mickey Shaughnessy. See more »

Goofs

The last shot shows a hat with a 'crossed sabres' badge, with a '14' above and a 'G' below the sabres. The number represents the number of the cavalry regiment. However, the USA only had 10 cavalry regiments during this period. 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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Remake of Sahara (1943) See more »

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Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me
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I'll tell you when to drink, when to eat, when to sleep, and when to breathe!
30 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Last of the Comanches (AKA: The Sabre and the Arrow) is directed by Andre De Toth and adapted to the screen by Kenneth Gamet. It stars Broderick Crawford, Barbara Hale, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Shaughnessy, Johnny Stewart, George Matthews and Hugh Sanders. A Technicolor production with cinematography by Charles Lawton Junior and Ray Cory and music by George Duning.

Safe as a bomb shelter Western. A remake of Zoltan Korda/Humphrey Bogart's war movie Sahara from 1943, Last of the Comanches finds Broderick Crawford as the leader of what remains of a massacred cavalry troop. As they make their way across the desert they pick up ragtag group of stagecoach passengers and as water runs low, they must fight for survival against fierce Comanches led by Black Cloud.

In essence it's a survivalist story with some Indian War action dotted around the outskirts of plotting. It's nice and airy, pleasingly performed, easy on the eye with its Technicolor photography, and De Toth once again shows himself to be a good marshaller of action scenes. Crawford carries the movie of course, imbuing Sergeant Trainor with fearless bluster that holds the dysfunctional group together. The narrative strength comes from the lack of water, both for the whiteys and the Comanche, where the often forgotten weapons of war, that of food or drink, firmly keeps the story engrossing.

Not as good as Sahara but still a safe recommendation to Western and Brod Crawford fans. 7/10


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