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Comanche (1956)

Approved | | Action, History, Romance | March 1956 (USA)
Common efforts of the U.S. government and the Comanche nation to negotiate a peace treaty are sabotaged by renegade Indians and by the short-sighted Indian Commissioner.


George Sherman


Carl Krueger (written for the screen by)




Cast overview:
Dana Andrews ... Jim Read
Kent Smith ... Quanah Parker
Nestor Paiva ... Puffer
Henry Brandon ... Black Cloud
Stacy Harris ... Downey (as Stacey Harris)
John Litel ... Gen. Nelson A. Miles
Lowell Gilmore ... Commissioner Ward
Mike Mazurki ... Flat Mouth
Tony Carbajal Tony Carbajal ... Little Snake
Linda Cristal ... Margarita (as Miss Linda Cristal)
Reed Sherman Reed Sherman ... Lt. French


Indian scout Jim Read is picked by his commander to set up a meeting between Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and a representative from Washington to negotiate a peace treaty. People from the Comanche tribe as well as the US Calvary have reason to prevent the meeting from ever taking place. Romance, betrayal and fighting ensue. Written by stevestar

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Quanah Parker (1845 or 1852 - February 23, 1911) was a Comanche/English-American war leader of the Quahadi band of the Comanche people. He was born into the Nokoni ("Wanderers") band, the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, an English-American, who had been kidnapped as a child and assimilated into the tribe. See more »


When the Comanches ride down the main street of the Mexican village, a crewmember wearing a white shirt, dark pants, and a hat can be seen at the lower-right-hand side of the screen turning around and walking off to screen right. See more »


Art Downey: They say you're pretty good with a gun, Read. Now, just how good?
Jim Read: I manage to stay alive.
Art Downey: I asked you a question, Read! How good?
Jim Read: That's your gamble.
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A Man Is As Good As His Word
Lyrics Alfred Perry
Music Herschel Burke Gilbert
Sung by The Lancers
Coral Recording Artists
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Elliott Arnold's uncredited screenplay
13 June 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This colorful western has plenty of action and the beautiful landscapes of Durango, Mexico as the setting for a story of war and peace on the Texas plains between the U.S. cavalry and the Comanches. The Indians also attack Mexican villages and take horses and captives and rampage on both sides of the Rio Grande. Dana Andrews is the scout whose task it is to convince Quanah Parker to stop raids into Mexico and talk peace with the American soldiers. Of course, the quest for peace is threatened by white scalp hunters and renegade Indians. There are several good cavalry-Indian battles in this film which was the American debut of Mexican movie star Linda Cristal, who is Andrews' love interest. The music score is decent but the warbling by Alfred Perry and company is out of place in this kind of western. It is also worth noting that several lines of dialogue in this film were lifted verbatim from Elliott Arnold's excellent work, "Blood Brother", which details the Apache wars and the friendship between Cochise and Tom Jeffords. Many of Quanah Parker's ideas of war and peace were taken word-for-word from Arnold's novel and attributed to the Comanche chief to portray him as the sage leader of "the lords of the south plains". One wonders if Arnold ever received credit or acknowledgment for the screenplay in this movie.

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Release Date:

March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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