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Release Date:
30 October 1961 (USA) See more »
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!
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. | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
(27 articles)
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Good, old-fashioned Western See more (60 total) »


  (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
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)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (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)
Crew verified as complete

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107 min
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)
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?

On the first day of filming John Wayne reprimanded third assistant director Tom Mankiewicz for wearing a John F. Kennedy button. He told him, "I'd take that button off if I were you. We don't advertise socialists on my set."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As Jake and Regret are being escorted to the Comanchero hideout, in the lower right hand corner of the scene there is a Truck and Trailer parked in the background.See more »
Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter:It would break my heart if I had to put a bullet in your back.
Paul Regret:It would make me sad also.
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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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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Good, old-fashioned Western, 20 January 2002
Author: haristas from USA

I really enjoy this film, though it's more about how much I love the sights in the American Southwest, and William Clothier's Cinemascope photography of locals in Utah and Arizona is simply stunning here, and the wonderful Elmer Bernstein score, and less to do with the conventions of the Western genre in general and John Wayne movies in particular. Both had become pretty stale by the time this picture was made. As a 'serious' Western it can be dismissed; it's about as historically accurate as "Blazing Saddles" and I don't know what's supposed to look worse, the scalped head make-up Lee Marvin (who practically steals the film) wears or the wig-pieces Wayne sports. However, this forty-year-old movie plays as better entertainment than most movies made today. It's hardly cynical, tries to reinforce ideas of right and wrong, and knows it's not to be taken seriously anyway. You can also tell that everyone seems to be having a very good time making this movie. It's also the last of more than 150 films directed by Michael Curtiz (though Wayne had to direct a lot of it himself when Curtiz fell ill [Curtiz died shortly after filming ended]). A beautiful letterboxed transfer of this movie was done for laserdisc in 1993. It also featured commentary by stars Stuart Whitman, Patrick Wayne, Michael Ansara and Nehemiah Persoff, as well as production stills, script pages, posters and lobby cards. Somebody at Fox at the time thought the movie deserved this 'Collector's Edition' treatment, so I can only hope that person is still there and that this will be replicated on DVD soon.

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