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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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"Yah, Here Come The Rangers, The Best in Texas." 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?

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 »
Continuity: During Jake's and Regret's visit to the Schofield farmstead: the angle of sunlight and lengths of shadows cast by men and horses change markedly between shots. For example, one minute Jake Cutter is talking to Major Henry in what appears to be nearly midday sunlight. The camera angle changes, and we see Jake watching Major Henry lead off the mounted team of Rangers, but now they are all casting fairly long shadows. Then the action goes back to Paul Regret, but now the sunlight indicates somewhere close to mid-day. This random shifting of sunlight and shadow lengths repeats throughout the Schofield scene.See more »
Paul Regret:Gentlemen, let's remember we're gentlemen.
Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter:Forget it! He's just spittin' out words to see where they splatter.
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Movie Connections:
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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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43 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
"Yah, Here Come The Rangers, The Best in Texas.", 20 May 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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