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The Comancheros (1961)

Approved  |   |  Action, Western, Adventure  |  30 October 1961 (USA)
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Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

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Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

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Big Jake the Adventurer... Paul Regret the Gambler... Pilar the Gypsy beauty... Three With a Past... Destined to Cross and Clash... In a Kingdom of Killers!


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Comancheros  »

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Trivia

During much of the shooting, director Michael Curtiz was seriously ill (he died of cancer shortly after the film's release). On the days when Curtiz was too ill to work, John Wayne took over direction of the film, and when it was completed he told the studio that he did not want credit as co-director and insisted that Curtiz' name alone appear as director. See more »

Goofs

Paul Regret knocks Jake Cutter unconscious with a shovel, throws it on the ground, and escapes. When Jake wakes up later the shovel is laying the opposite way, the handle and business end have exchanged places. See more »

Quotes

Ed McBain (gunrunner): Now that I can look back on it, I can see how bad it was. That's how I came to give myself up.
Ranger CO Maj. Henry: Yep, after breaking one ranger's jaw and slicing up two others with a Bowie knife.
Ed McBain (gunrunner): Oh, I feel bad about that. I wasn't using my head.
Ranger CO Maj. Henry: You used everything else! Feet, fist and teeth!
Ed McBain (gunrunner): Yes, sir. But them rangers won me over. If I had just known men like that, I might never have fell in with bad companions.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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The Comancheros
Music & Lyrics by Tillman Franks
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All Over the Place
23 September 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This peripatetic 1961 John Wayne western, notable as the last film Michael Curtiz directed, moves all over the place, from riverboat to the wide open spaces of the far west, with nary a dull moment. The plot revolves around Texas Ranger Wayne and his prisoner, elegant gambler Stuart Whitman, tracking down an evil bad guy with a private army. Whitman is miscast in a role that would have fit Gene Barry or even Dean Martin like a glove. Aside from this, the movie works nicely, and Whitman isn't bad in his rugged action scenes. Brainy-seeming Ina Balin makes an interesting, if incongruous love interest, Nehemiah Persoff is the Evil One, while veteran players Bruce Cabot, Bob Steele and Edgar Buchanan add to the fun. Lee Marvin has a small showy role that seems to have been designed as a small showy role for Lee Marvin. There's real bounce to this movie, which doesn't take itself too seriously. Wayne is in good humor throughout, which is nice to see. No brooding cattle baron or Indian fighter he, this is the Wayne that topped the box-office top ten for years, and if one wants to know why, this is as good a movie as any to check out. Wayne loosened up considerably in his later years, as he no longer seemed to care how many nightclub comedians imitated his western drawl and loping walk. Indeed, he seems to have learned a thing or two from them by the time The Comancheros came along, and gently kids himself along the way, showing himself to be a good sport no less than a shrewd manager of his screen image.


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