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The Comancheros (1961)

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of Lee Marvin's performance as Tully Crow, John Wayne recommended Marvin to John Ford as the eponymous villain of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). See more »

Goofs

In the Marshall's farm-yard: when Jake Cutter (John Wayne) introduces Paul Regret to Bessie Marshall, the sunlight on Regret's face - as well as on the horse behind him - instantly changes to overcast between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gireaux: Since there is no reconciliation, we proceed. You will please stand with your backs to one another.
Emil Bouvier - Duelist: It may amuse you to know, monsieur, I never believed you cheated at cards.
Paul Regret: Well, maybe I don't have your sense of humor.
Emil Bouvier - Duelist: There's a lady who prefers your attentions to mine. I intend to... simplify her choice.
Paul Regret: Rachel?
[Emil snickers]
Paul Regret: Margo? No.
Gireaux: When I begin to count, you will each take 10 paces. You will turn and fire on the count of 10. If either man stops or turns before the count of...
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Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Wing
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Music by Kerry Mills
Lyrics by Thurland Chattaway
Performed by John Wayne and Lee Marvin
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"Yah, Here Come The Rangers, The Best in Texas."
20 May 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

John Wayne made better films with John Ford and Howard Hawks and he even made more historically accurate films. But for pure entertainment value this is the quintessential Duke.

Cecil B. DeMille was of the opinion that motion pictures have to move. He wouldn't have anything to complain about The Comancheros on that score. There's not a dull moment in the film. This was the last directorial effort of Michael Curtiz and he kept the action flowing.

Three things stand out in The Comancheros. First Elmer Bernstein's music keeps the action going. You will be humming that theme days after viewing this film. Secondly the Cinemascope photography is breathtaking even viewing a formatted VHS copy. I remember seeing The Comancheros in the Sheepshead Bay Movie Theatre in Brooklyn as a lad and a theater is where this film should really be viewed.

But mostly since the two of them are on the screen together for about half the film, the chemistry with John Wayne as Texas Ranger Jake Cutter and Stuart Whitman as fugitive Paul Regret is what sets the whole tone of the film. Wayne and Whitman only worked one other time together and that was in The Longest Day. They were such a perfect fit it's a pity they didn't do more together.

This was also the first time the Duke worked with Lee Marvin. Marvin's character is only on screen for about 10 minutes, but you remember him throughout. This is also the final screen appearance of Guinn "Big Boy" Williams who must have done at least fifteen films with Michael Curtiz back in the heyday of Warner Brothers.

The Comancheros deserves an honored place in the performances of John Wayne and can't be beat for entertainment. A MUST for Duke fans.


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