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Comanche Station (1960)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  March 1960 (USA)
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A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

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Loner Cody trades with the Comanches to get a white girl released. He is joined on his way back to the girl's husband by an outlaw and his sidekicks. It turns out there is a large reward for the return of the girl, and with the Indians on the warpath and the outlaw being an old enemy of Cody's, things are set for several showdowns. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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SHE WAS WORTH $5000 ALIVE...OR DEAD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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This film is the last of the "Ranown Westerns", produced by star Randolph Scott and his partner Harry Joe Brown under the Ranown Pictures banner. Scott decided to retire after this one, but two years later he was talked out of retirement by Sam Peckinpah for Ride the High Country (1962). After that film, Scott retired for good. See more »

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The Comanche did not wear the scalp lock ("Mohawk") hairstyle, and also, contrary to this film's location, were not present in southwestern New Mexico (Lordsburg). See more »

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Dobie: I still don't like it. My folks brought me up to be kind to a woman. You know, yes ma'am... no ma'am. Open doors for them. Give them my chair. Not go around killing them.
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One of a handful of truly great westerns that Scott made with Boetticher
16 December 2014 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Comanche Station" was just one of a handful of truly great westerns that Randolph Scott made with director Budd Boetticher over a five year period between 1956 and 1960. It may be the best; these short, lean, psychologically astute and hugely exciting pictures defined the West without romanticizing it in any way. Often they dealt with the themes of revenge and retribution with Scott's character seldom lily-white. There was usually a journey involved and a woman, more often than not in need of Scott's protection, and several villains, so beautifully drawn in the scripts of Burt Kennedy that they usually transcended the caricatured villainy of western bad guys to emerge as altogether more complex characters.

In "Comanche Station" Scott finds himself rescuing white woman Nancy Gates from the Comanches and escorting her back to her husband. They are joined on the way by Claude Akins and his gang whose motives in wanting to keep Gates alive are, shall we say, somewhat less noble. The younger members of Akins' gang are played by Skip Homeier and Richard Rust and there is an almost homo-erotic element to their relationship. You could always rely on Kennedy and Boetticher to dig deeper than the surface. It was also magnificently photographed in Cinemascope by Charles Lawton Jr. Essential viewing.


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