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Comanche Station (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Western | March 1960 (USA)
A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Jefferson Cody
Nancy Gates ... Nancy Lowe
Claude Akins ... Ben Lane
Skip Homeier ... Frank
Richard Rust ... Dobie
Rand Brooks ... Station Man
Dyke Johnson Dyke Johnson ... John Lowe
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Storyline

Loner Cody trades with the Comanches to get a white girl released. He is joined on his way back to the girl's husband by an outlaw and his sidekicks. It turns out there is a large reward for the return of the girl, and with the Indians on the warpath and the outlaw being an old enemy of Cody's, things are set for several showdowns. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She Wasn't the White Woman He'd Bought...But She Was the White Woman He Was Going to Keep! See more »

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Einer gibt nicht auf See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are numerous mentions of the "Stage to Lordsburg," the title of the story on which John Ford's western classic Stagecoach (1939) to which writer Burt Kennedy is obviously paying homage. See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Lowe, contemptuously refers to Cody as being a "Comanchero." This cannot be the case as the real "Comancheros" were Mexican traders who dealt with the Comanche tribes under just prior to the Civil War. Cody was not shown to be a Mexican, nor any type of Latino. See more »

Quotes

Ben Lane: Oh, I admit I've never had much luck when it comes to women. Oh, I've run with a few, but nothing you could call serious. Except maybe that little gal down in Sonora. She said right out that she wanted to marry me. She told everybody... everybody but her husband. Oh, he came within
[Making a finger gesture]
Ben Lane: that of doing me with a scatter gun. That taught me a lesson though - always check the brand to make sure you aren't driving another man's stock.
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) See more »

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Not the Best Ranown, but It'll Sure Do
29 August 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Comanche Station is the last of the brilliant Boetticher-Scott-Kennedy (Ranown) collaboration, and it's probably just as well. Judging from the results here, the material is wearing a little thin. The familiar figure of a loner (Scott) rescues a married woman (Gates) from Indians, but must get past bounty hunter (Aikens), his two youthful gunmen, and the now hostile Comanche.

Again writer Kennedy gets a lot of mileage out of shades of gray. Scott may be polite as heck but he's none too likable, while Aiken's good-bad guy has his principles but likes money even more. There's an uneasy truce between them, but that will last only so long as the Indians do. Meanwhile, the two young henchmen ponder their future as outlaws in a couple of well-scripted scenes. They're basically a likable pair, but can't seem to figure out what else to do, which lends poignancy to a genre that seldom trades in softer emotions.

Naturally, most of this plays out against the neolithic Alabama Hills with the brooding southern Sierras in the background. What a perfect backdrop for the majority of the Ranown series, including this entry. There was always something basic about the conflicts that needed a primitive landscape as a reflection. In my little book, Boetticher did for those rocky spires what John Ford did for the majestic mesas of Monument Valley.

All in all, this may not be the best of the Ranown bunch, but it's sure as heck worth catching up with, including the highly appropriate ending.


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