Comanche Station

1960

Action / Drama / Western

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 2452

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Claude Akins as Ben Lane
Rand Brooks as Station Man
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Robert J. Maxwell 8 / 10

Good Boetticher/Scott Western.

Something seemed to come together on the half dozen or so cheap Westerns that Oscar "Bud" Boetticher made with Randolph Scott and writer Burt Kennedy, and shot mostly among the stucco crags at Movie Flats, California. It all seemed to work out pretty well.

I think this may have been their last joint effort and it's one of the better examples. The scripts seemed to fall into two general types -- town stories and journeys. This is a story about a journey, not too different from the one Scott took in "Ride Lonesome," I think it was. The one with Pernell Roberts.

There is always an interesting villain, not entirely unsympathetic, who has a code of his own. In this case it's Claude Akins, accompanied by two younger men who have known each other for a long time. The two youngsters provide a good deal of the humor. The two stand before a couple of posters nailed on a wall and one of them reads aloud an announcement about the stagecoach route, stumbling over the words. The other stares at him open-mouthed and exclaims in genuine wonder, "Why, I didn't know you could READ."

In fact a lot of the humor comes from Kennedy's script, wittingly or otherwise. He's given to phrases that enjoy a colorful twist.

"Ma'am, if you was mine, I'd of come for you even if I'd of died in the doin' of it."

"He rides a little on the gentle side. Maybe too gentle."

"A man can break with the wild life."

And Kennedy gives us a Scott who is a man of few words and doesn't use them over and over again. He has a tendency to answer a declaratory sentence with a doubtful question. "It wasn't MY fault." Scott: "It wasn't?"

But the humor is in the acting as well. Claude Akins, admittedly, is no barrel of laughs. He's played too many scoundrels for us to accept his jokes. But the two youngsters are likably ingenuous. Planning to kill their woman hostage, one tells the other, "It's a waste. It ain't like if she was all ugly. It's a shame to do a woman as pretty as that."

And Scott is the most amusing character of all. He's funny because he plays it all absolutely straight. He smiles only grimly, and then only once or twice. He understates outrageously. Akins: "If the Comanche cut our track, we'll be between a rock and a hard place." Scott: "You CAN say."

By the way, if they're a day's ride from Lordsberg, New Mexico, they shouldn't have to worry about Comanches, who were living in Texas, but they might have to worry about Mimbrenos Apaches.

The Indians are treated in an entirely uncomplicated manner. They are wild animals who butcher whites, including the women and children. ("Surprising what a buck will do for a piece of calico.") Well -- okay -- there IS a reference to Akins having murdered a village full of "tame Indians," which one imagines are kind of like "tame black panthers" or something.

The score is generic, as in all the Boetticher/Scott films, but that's okay because it fits in with the other constituents. It's tawdry and simple. There is a "major theme" which plays while this merry group ride their horses around the rocks. During chases, the same theme shows up but up tempo. As I say, it all works out.

Anyway, it's a fun movie, an interesting way to spend an hour and a half.

Reviewed by ttbird2000 9 / 10

The Western, Distilled to its Essence...

Howard Hawks was once asked about his recipe for making a great film. His reply: "Three good scenes, no bad scenes". I would humbly add two other rules: A great film is one where no additional scene is needed, and no existing scene could have been cut. Few competent directors violate the first rule. The mark of a great director is the ability to follow the second. Many inferior directors are too shallow or too vain to understand this - they constantly strive to include superfluous or redundant scenes - Just To Make Sure You Got The Point - when it is wiser to let the audience decide what is important. John Ford was the master at this. Hawks, Wilder, Eastwood, also come to mind. With Commanche Station, Budd Boetticher showed that he knew how to distill a great story (with many elements of a Greek tragedy) to its most basic human elements - Obsession, Greed, Loyalty, Irony, and above all, Honor.

Not only did Boetticher direct a great film, Burt Kennedy (later to become a fair director himself) constructed a great script.

Some good scenes: A conversation between a woman who was taken captive by Commanches (and held for a time) and the stranger who has just paid her ransom... Nancy Lowe: If-if you had a woman taken by the Comanche and-and you got her back... how would you feel knowing? Jefferson Cody: If I loved her, it wouldn't matter. Nancy Lowe: Wouldn't it? Jefferson Cody: No ma'am, it wouldn't matter at all.

Or two friends, hired guns both, contemplating the need to commit a horrible crime for money: Frank: You want to go to work, do you? Dobie: Work? Frank: Making an honest living? Dobie: Oh, no, I don't think I could do that. I could cowboy some. Frank: Well, what will that get you? You work yourself to death for somebody and likely they will have to take up a collection to bury you.

Or a conversation between an honorable man and a young man trying to decide whether he will try to become one: 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.

As for the performances, they are uniformly good. Nancy Gates, Skip Homier, Richard Rust, and Claude Akins hit the right tone - never going too far for a laugh or a tear.

And Randolph Scott was perfect - A word I do not use lightly. Roger Ebert once said that Marlon Brando and Paul Newman started out on the same path: Both came on the scene in the early 1950s, both studied the Method, both looked good in an undershirt. But Brando went on to see what else he could throw in to his performances while Newman went on to see what he could leave out (Newman once said that he was dissatisfied with many of his early performances because "you could see the acting"). In Commanche Station, Randolph Scott provided the inspiration for such an approach. This is what makes a performance (indeed, a film) memorable - by distilling your performance to only that which is necessary, you allow the viewer to remember what is important to them, not what they are told should be important to them.

If I were held to only half a dozen westerns to be labeled as essential, this would be one of them (The others: My Darling Clementine (1946), Shane (1953), The Searchers (1956), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and Unforgiven (1992)).

Reviewed by westerner357 7 / 10

Scott dukes it out with Claude Akins

The last of the seven Scott/Boetticher collaborations and although it's not one of my favorites {THE TALL T (1957) and RIDE LONESOME (1959) come out ahead}, it's still worth owning on DVD if Columbia/Tristar ever sees fit to release it.

Randolph Scott plays a rancher named Jefferson Cody who's wife was kidnapped by the Comanches a few years before. When he hears that the Comanches are holding a white woman, he goes to them for a trade and winds up with another man's wife named Mrs. Lowe (Nancy Gates).

As they head back, they stop at Comanche Station in order to water their horses and get fresh supplies. When they arrive there, they see three men being chased by a bunch of Comanches on the warpath. Cody recognizes one of them as Ben Lane (Claude Akins), a soldier he had drummed out of the army for an atrocity against the Indians, many years before. He also suspects Lane is trafficking in scalps and that's why the Indians are after them.

They manage to fight them off and when the coast is clear, Lane informs Mrs. Lowe that she has a $5,000 reward put up for her by her husband. Mrs. Lowe then suspects Cody of his intentions but it's apparent from the beginning that Cody isn't interested in any reward money. He just wants to find out what happened to his wife.

Also Lane has a habit of saying "Ha-lo.." every time he's being addressed. A nice script touch put in there by Burt Kennedy who wrote the script. It gives Lane something to distinguish him by.

It now becomes a battle of wills between Cody and Lane with Mrs. Lowe and Lane's two dimwitted sidemen (played by Skip Homeier and Richard Rust) looking on. When Frank (Homeier) is sent up the creek to see if the Comanches have cut off their trail, he comes floating back down, dead with an arrow in his back. And later when Dobie (Rust) has a change of heart and wants to throw in with Cody, he gets shot in the back by Lane for his efforts.

That shot warns Cody that Lane is nearby and the inevitable showdown takes place in the Lone Pine rocks. We all know who wins that one, right? Cody finally brings Mrs. Lowe back to her husband only to learn that he is blind and really doesn't care what's happened to her. He just wants her back.

Beautiful widescreen print that was remastered in the late 1990s, this one would be a welcome addition to any western library. It needs a DVD release.

7 out of 10

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