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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

This film is the last of the "Ranown Westerns", produced by star Randolph Scott and his partner Harry Joe Brown under the Ranown Pictures banner. Scott decided to retire after this one, but two years later he was talked out of retirement by Sam Peckinpah for Ride the High Country (1962). After that film, Scott retired for good. 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

Jefferson Cody: [Seeing Frank has been murdered] We're gettin' out of here.
Nancy Lowe: You're not going to leave him like that?
Jefferson Cody: Yes, ma'am!
Dobie: That ain't right, Mr. Cody.
Jefferson Cody: Not talkin' about right. Talkin' about stayin' alive. I'll turn those stage horses loose. They can take care of themselves from now on.
Nancy Lowe: Mr. Cody, you can't leave here until you give that man a proper grave.
Jefferson Cody: You want to end up again belongin' to a Comanche buck?
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) See more »

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7 June 2007 | by wmjahnSee all my reviews

This is the kind of movie, which is usually called "low key" ... below-average movie-critic Leonard Maltin calls this the usual interesting Boettcher/Scott-collaboration and gives it a 2,5 points out of possible 4 ... come on ! This movie's a little gem, a gem !!

OK, it was made fast and with little money, but does it show ...? No! The story is simple, but is it simple-minded? No!

This is a classic story in the "modern" setting of the wild west. This is a Greek tragedy in modern clothes. Awesome!

Let's talk details:

1.) Randolph Scott is just great, the perfect guy for the role! He doesn't talk much (I bet there also was not much talk needed between Boettcher and Scott, since this was unfortunately their last collaboration and each one must have known the other inside out), he does acting minimal style (perfect for the role), he IS the American western loner in search for his wife (like Wayne in THE SEACHERS, which is admittedly the better of the 2, but THE SEARCHES is more existentialistic, at which COMANCHE STATION is not aiming). I would even go so far as to say SCOTT is - in his acting style - the Charles BRONSON of the 50ies! He is never over-acting, as many actors from the Lee Strasberg school are, Scott just is. And what a presence!

2.) The story unfolds lovely, there is no black-white, no good-bad, all characters have their dark and their bright sides, all show emotion, but all are tough when toughness is needed.

3.) The dialog is sparse, but always on the spot. There are no forced funny lines, but the characters are not without humor, even if it's a bleak one or cynicism.

4.) The scenery, where this little gem was shot, is just breathtaking! What a countryside (that goes for all Boettcher/Scott-western)! And it's so superbly photographed, it's one of the few movies, were I would really love to see this countryside (thanx for the info on the discussion board!).

5.) It's just 70-something minutes "long", but there is more happening than in lot longer movies and still there is no hectic in this one, it's so lovely leisurely paced, which shows real craftsmanship. There are no scenes just a few seconds long and heavy cutting to get suspense out of short, hectic scenes, most scenes are long shots, lovingly choreographed, beautifully shot, in short: this is the kinda movie like an old armchair: you sit down and it just feels GREAT !

I have now seen this 4 or 5 times and always enjoyed it a lot. Although there are some better western, these aren't many. I give this one a hearty 10 out of 10 and in a list of the all-time best western ever made, I'd put it around number 10 (after classics as GOOD, BAD UGLY, OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, C'ERA UN VOLTA IL WEST, UNFORGIVEN, SEARCHERS and a couple more).

Prime stuff !


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