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Writers:
James Edward Grant (screenplay) and
Clair Huffaker (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 November 1961 (Sweden) 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 in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
What life is all about See more (62 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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Wise .... gaffer (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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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 Captain Jake Cutter, is called Big Jake. Wayne later played Jacob McCandles in Big Jake (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: After Jack Elam hits Regret in the face with the rifle butt he is approached by Pilar's lackey. While talking to the lackey you can see the rifle butt is bent. Very obviously rubber.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 10, it will be my distasteful duty to shoot him down. Good luck.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
The ComancherosSee 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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
What life is all about, 9 April 2000
Author: jdm-2

The scene where the Duke Wayne character (Texas Ranger Jake Cutter) meets the Joan O'Brien character (Melinda) after a long time away. The powerful Elmer Bernstein soundtrack combined with the beautiful cinematography of the Old Homestead make this scene one of the best of any Western. Also the scenes where The Duke is jesting with his real life son ("we didn't beat this boy enough when he was growing up") and where he lovingly takes his real life daughter in his arms (scene at Melinda's small farm) are first rate. I give the movie a 9 out of 10.

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