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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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 against ten thousand ! See more »


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The Sabre and the Arrow  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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

The townswomen in dresses and bonnets during the town massacre are obviously men. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lanning: [Referring to her brother at the fort] I'm visiting, and I'd like to get there as soon as possible.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: With or without a scalp?
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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 »

Soundtracks

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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" Our lives will have to buy us time until the Calvary arrives "
22 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This story was originally written by Kenneth Gamet and interestingly directed by Andre De Toth. Indeed, this film which nearly duplicates the previous film called 'Sahara' which starred Humphery Bogart, now uses actor Broderick Crawford as Sgt. Matt Trainor for it's lead character, but entitled " Last of the Comanches." The story relates the tale of a small group of survivors who join together against a huge band of renegade Indians in a desert setting fighting for their lives. Out numbered, out-gunned and short of water decide to challenge a band of Commanche in a remote and abandoned watering hole. Discovering there is no water, they nevertheless convince the enemy, that there is plenty of water to be had if the Indians will surrender their guns in exchange for badly needed water, Although, the acting in the Bogart version is much more superior, this remake nevertheless has it's moments. The additional casts includes Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Shaughnessy and Martin Milner makes for a good remake. There is sufficient action to warrant lasting interest and also enough excitement and serious dialog to hold audiences to it's conclusion. All in all, a good remake of an established Classic. Yes I would recommend it for viewing as a mirror classic of a previous era. ****


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