The Comancheros

1961

Action / Adventure / Romance / Western

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 6866

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John Wayne as Capt. Jake Cutter
Lee Marvin as Tully Crow
Jack Elam as Horseface
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Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Ed McBain and His Funny Hat

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 known as Comancheros.

The film's production is almost as interesting as the film itself. Heck, maybe even more so. Paul Wellman's novel had been bought for the screen by George Stevens who wanted to direct it after "Giant" (1956). However, he then became interested in making "The Diary of Anne Frank" and sold the film rights to Fox for $300,000.

Clair Huffaker ("Seven Ways from Sundown") was signed by the studio to adapt it for producer Charles Brackett with Gary Cooper to star. However, Cooper was in ill health and in early 1961 Douglas Heyes was announced as writer and director. John Wayne and Charlton Heston were announced as stars, but Heston dropped out and was replaced by Tom Tryon, then Heyes dropped out and was replaced by Michael Curtiz. Fox had the script rewritten by Wayne's regular writer James Edward Grant ("Angel and the Badman"). Because of Wayne's involvement, Paul Regret (who was the lead in the novel) was played down and Wayne's part had to be amplified.

Ultimately, this is very much a John Wayne film. His preferred writer, him starring, and even him directing at some points when Michael Curtiz was too ill to come to set. There are many things about John Wayne as a person that are despicable, but as a Hollywood personality he is among the biggest.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 9 / 10

Maybe it deserves only "8", but who can resist Curtiz?

Copyright 1 November 1961 by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation. New York opening at the Paramount, 1 November 1961. U.S. release: 30 October 1961. U.K. release: 29 January 1962. 9,507 feet. 106 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: Texas Ranger falls for an outlaw's daughter.

NOTES: Shooting from 18 June 1961 to early August 1961. Location scenes filmed in Moab, Utah. This was director Michael Curtiz's last film. Movie historian Allen Eyles claims that "Wayne himself stood in for Curtiz at times as the director weakened from the ill health that led to his death shortly after the film's completion."

In the film, both as written and shot, Buchanan plays Judge Roy Bean. However, following criticism by some critics notably Paul V. Beckley of The New York Tribune ("Does Edgar Buchanan always have to play Judge Bean or is this a commercial?"), Fox flacks changed the name of the character in the studio's publicity sheets to "Judge Thaddeus Breen".

COMMENT: Curtiz's last film stands up rather well. An expansively produced (on attractive actual locations), incident-packed western with tailor-made roles for Wayne and Whitman (it is obvious that Curtiz was building him up from "Francis of Assisi", but he would never again have a part as good as this and his career from here on is a slow and gradual decline). Ina Balin looks good too — and her career also amounted to little after this. Same can be said about Nehemiah Persoff who makes such an impression here. Lee Marvin also registers strongly in his brief but awful (in the literal sense) appearance. The script has a welcome leavening of humor and wit and doesn't take itself too seriously. Curtiz's direction is very polished and accomplished, using varied camera set-ups, reverse angles, the whole armory of Hollywood technique, very, very smoothly edited together. It's true that the action spots were directed by Cliff Lyons (and some very spectacular footage it is too. Particularly impressive is a scene in which a buck-board capsizes in front of the camera), but the smooth professional handling of the dialogue scenes cannot be discounted, nor can the charm and like- ability of Wayne's performance — rarely has he appeared so relaxed, so at ease and unforced. Another factor in the film's appeal is the rousing music score contributed by Elmer Bernstein.

Good to see Curtiz going out on such a high note, with an entertaining script backed up by a solid cast of pros and solidly professional behind-the-camera work on a budget that was really worthy of his talents.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Dependable western in the John Wayne mould

THE COMANCHEROS is a solid John Wayne western, lively and entertaining from beginning to end and with barely a slow moment throughout. Wayne settles into the kind of laidback, laconic role that he would go on to play for the remainder of his career, and he's ably supported by Stuart Whitman who plays the fresh newcomer role. The plot has plenty of twists and turns and moves a fair distance from the outset, and veteran director Michael Curtiz (who by all accounts was directed from his deathbed) handles the action scenes well. Watch out for Lee Marvin, who gets very little screen time but who absolutely runs away with what he does have.

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