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Writers:
James Edward Grant (screenplay) and
Clair Huffaker (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
30 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(27 articles)
User Reviews:
Entertaining but full of anachronisms See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Capt. Jake Cutter

Stuart Whitman ... Paul Regret
Ina Balin ... Pilar Graile

Nehemiah Persoff ... Graile

Lee Marvin ... Tully Crow

Michael Ansara ... Amelung

Patrick Wayne ... Tobe (as Pat Wayne)

Bruce Cabot ... Maj. Henry
Joan O'Brien ... Melinda Marshall

Jack Elam ... Horseface (Comanchero)

Edgar Buchanan ... Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen

Henry Daniell ... Gireaux
Richard Devon ... Esteban
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Nervous Drunk (uncredited)
Anne Barton ... Martha Schofield (uncredited)
Steve Baylor ... Comanchero (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Barfly (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Card Dealer (uncredited)

Alan Carney ... Stillwater Bartender (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Josefina (uncredited)

Dennis Cole ... Blonde Youth (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jackie Cubat ... Fuzzy - Hotel Girl (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz ... Marsac (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
Ilana Dowding ... Mary Schofield (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Eric Feldary ... Valtin (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lenmana Guerin ... Indian Maid (uncredited)
Claude Hall ... Ranger (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Gordo - Graile's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Tom Hernández ... Croupier (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Dealer (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Chief Iron Shirt (uncredited)
Jon Lormer ... White-Haired Man on Riverboat (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roger Mobley ... Bub Schofield (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer ... Emil Bouvier - Duelist (uncredited)
Thayer Roberts ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Faro Dealer (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Leigh Snowden ... Ada Belle (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Pa Schofield (uncredited)
Lusita Triana ... Spanish Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Riverboat Pit Boss (uncredited)
Aissa Wayne ... Bessie Marshall (uncredited)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Ed McBain - Gunrunner (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Ranger (uncredited)
Sam Wolfe ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Kelly Yost ... Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay) and
Clair Huffaker (screenplay)

Paul Wellman (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)

Produced by
George Sherman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Alfred Ybarra 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley (set decorations) (as Robert Priestly)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... director: action sequences
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Morry Ogden .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Belfer .... dances staged by (as Hal Belfer)
Tom Mankiewicz .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm mag-optical prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1961) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 8 sec) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating: cut by 11 sec) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #20020) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Wayne's character, Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter, is called Big Jake. Wayne later played Jacob McCandles in Big Jake (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the bar scene: Tully Crow (Lee Marvin) asks the bartender for a bottle of "the good stuff." The bartender holds up a bottle of whiskey with his right hand. Crow, not believing that it really is "the good stuff," gets mad and shoots the bottle and breaks it. The camera view then changes to a stuffed deer head on the wall, which Crow also shoots. Then the camera goes back to the bartender, but he is standing there with the same bottle of whiskey in his right hand - bottle is intact and unbroken.See more »
Quotes:
[while Regret and Cutter are tied up as prisoners]
Paul Regret:I wonder if they know how much trouble they're in.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Red WingSee more »

FAQ

Was the anvil that actor Stuart Whitman (Paul Regret) had to carry around in some scenes a fake or an actual anvil? He sure did a good job of making it look like a real, very heavy anvil.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining but full of anachronisms, 2 October 2005
Author: Marlburian from United Kingdom

Good plot, stirring musical score and some welcome familiar faces. (I wonder why Guinn Williams was uncredited?) John Wayne lightens his customary toughness with dry humour, calling Regret "Monsewer" and complaining about strangers calling him "Friend".

The obligatory love interest is supplied by Ina Balin, who's not a great actress and looks a bit too nice to live among the Comancheros. Stuart Whitman does very well alongside Wayne.

The opening shot and a couple of topical references tell us that it's the early 40s, but this decade has no relevance at all to the plot. The film has an 1860s/1870s look to it - the buildings, outfits and, most of all, the guns are all of the latter period, and many anachronisms have been listed by other contributors. Of course using period guns that needed to be reloaded after every shot would have made for less spectacular battle scenes. So why not set it in the 1870s? After all, the very similar 1964 film "Rio Conchos", also with Stuart Whitman, was set after the Civil War, with former Confederate officers substituting for the Comanchero leaders.

I wonder if the cast said anything about this? I gather than Wayne was disgruntled when the year before the Mexican army in "The Alamo" was issued with the wrong guns, but this wasn't evident to any but the most experienced eye.

Apart from these anachronistic annoyances, the film makes very good viewing.

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