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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 WAS WORTH $5000 ALIVE...OR DEAD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer gibt nicht auf See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

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

The Comanche did not wear the scalp lock ("Mohawk") hairstyle, and also, contrary to this film's location, were not present in southwestern New Mexico (Lordsburg). See more »

Quotes

Dobie: A saddle and a shirt, that's all Frank had. It sure ain't much.
Jefferson Cody: Sure ain't.
Dobie: It wasn't his fault, though.
Jefferson Cody: No?
Dobie: No, he never knew anything but the wild side.
Jefferson Cody: A man can cross over anytime he has the mind.
Dobie: It ain't that easy. It ain't that easy at all.
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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Gallant Knight of the Plains
24 May 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Comanche Station is the last of several films Randolph Scott made for Budd Boetticher with Columbia pictures. This would have been his last film, but for being lured to do just one more, the immortal Ride the High Country.

The film combines elements of The Naked Spur and Two Rode Together and blends them successfully. Scott is a man with one obsession, to get his wife back from the Comanches who kidnapped here ten years earlier. Whenever he hears of a white woman being put up for trade by the Indians he heads out with trade goods and buys her in the hopes of finding his beloved.

On this trip he ransoms Nancy Gates away from the Comanches. Later on he runs into an old enemy Claude Akins traveling with two young guns, Richard Rust and Skip Homeier. It seems as though Nancy's husband has put up a ten thousand dollar reward for her.

Akins is a truly malevolent figure, a scalphunter who kills Indians and sells their scalps for bounty. Unfortunately the two have need of each other in hostile Indian territory.

Randolph Scott's western heroes usually have an edge to them, they are not pure heroes as Joel McCrea's are. But in this film he's poaching on McCrea's territory in gallantry. His behavior towards Nancy Gates is at all times chivalrous. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a medieval origin to the plot of Comanche Territory.

Had Scott not come back to do Ride the High Country, Comanche Station would have been a good film to go out on.


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