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The Comancheros ()


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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 dealing with the Comanches known as Comancheros.

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Capt. Jake Cutter
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Paul Regret
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Pilar Graile
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Graile
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Tully Crow
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Amelung
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Tobe (as Pat Wayne)
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Maj. Henry
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Melinda Marshall
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Horseface (Comanchero)
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Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
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Gireaux
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Esteban
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Nervous Drunk (uncredited)
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Martha Schofield (uncredited)
Steve Baylor ...
Comanchero (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Card Dealer (uncredited)
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Stillwater Bartender (uncredited)
James J. Casino ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Josefina (uncredited)
Jack Clinton ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Blonde Youth (uncredited)
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Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jackie Cubat ...
Fuzzy - Hotel Girl (uncredited)
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Marsac (uncredited)
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Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
Ilana Dowding ...
Mary Schofield (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
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Valtin (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Lenmana Guerin ...
Indian Maid (uncredited)
Claude Hall ...
Ranger (uncredited)
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Gordo - Graile's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Tom Hernández ...
Croupier (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ...
Dealer (uncredited)
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Chief Iron Shirt (uncredited)
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White-Haired Man on Riverboat (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Casey MacGregor ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Marlin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Bub Schofield (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ...
Poker Player (uncredited)
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Emil Bouvier - Duelist (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
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Faro Dealer (uncredited)
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Texas Ranger (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Ada Belle (uncredited)
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Pa Schofield (uncredited)
Lusita Triana ...
Spanish Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Riverboat Pit Boss (uncredited)
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Bessie Marshall (uncredited)
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Ed McBain - Gunrunner (uncredited)
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Ranger (uncredited)
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Poker Player (uncredited)
Kelly Yost ...
Indian (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Curtiz
John Wayne ... (uncredited)

Written by

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James Edward Grant ... (screenplay) and
Clair Huffaker ... (screenplay)
 
Paul Wellman ... (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)

Produced by

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George Sherman ... producer

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Louis R. Loeffler ... (as Louis Loeffler)

Editorial Department

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Orven Schanzer ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Jack Martin Smith
Alfred Ybarra

Set Decoration by

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Robert Priestley ... (set decorations) (as Robert Priestly)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Marjorie Best

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Helen Turpin ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack R. Berne ... assistant director
Cliff Lyons ... director: action sequences

Art Department

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Don B. Greenwood ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Alfred Bruzlin ... sound
Warren B. Delaplain ... sound

Stunts

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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)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles Wise ... gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator
Laurindo Almeida ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Victor Arno ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Frank Beach ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein ... conductor (uncredited)
Pete Carpenter ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Russ Cheever ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
John Clyman ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Vince De Rosa ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Fred Fox ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
James Getzoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ossip Giskin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... music copyist (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Sinclair Lott ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Abe Most ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Ernie Rosecrans ... music copyist (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Harry Schmidt ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Shure ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ann Stockton ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Jerry Williams ... musician: percussion (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Harold Belfer ... dances staged by (as Hal Belfer)
Tom Mankiewicz ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary
Plot Keywords
Taglines 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! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les comancheros (France)
  • Comancheros (France)
  • Die Comancheros (Germany)
  • Los comancheros (Spain)
  • Comancheros (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,260,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia George Sherman produced this film, and Michael Curtiz directed it. During much of the shooting, 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, and when it was completed, he told the studio that he did not want credit as co-director, and insisted that Curtiz's name alone appear as director. Wayne performed the same function in 1971 on Big Jake (1971), which was directed by Sherman., who took ill during production. Wayne directed the film on the days when Sherman couldn't and also insisted that he not receive co-director credit. See more »
Goofs The guns used in the movie are Colt Single Action model 1873 revolvers, look-alike Henry lever-action model 1860 rifles, and Winchester model 1892 lever-action rifles. The only correct period guns are the single-shot percussion-cap dueling pistols used in the opening scene. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000). See more »
Soundtracks The Comancheros See more »
Quotes [while Regret and Cutter are tied up as prisoners]
Paul Regret: I wonder if they know how much trouble they're in.
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