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The Comancheros (1961)




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Based on a novel by Paul I. Wellman, The Comancheros stars John Wayne and Stuart Whitman as a Texas Ranger and roguish gambler, respectively. Reluctantly joining forces, Wayne and Whitman try to round up the "comancheros" -- renegade whites who've aligned with the Indians in smuggling guns and whisky. Ina Balin plays the daughter of comanchero chieftain Nehemiah Persoff, who rescues Stu and the Duke when they're captured by the renegades. After the anticipated climactic battle, Wayne allows Whitman and Balin -- fugitives from justice both--to ride into the sunset together. The last film directed by the estimable Michael Curtiz, The Comancheros is fine testosterone-laden entertainment. Keep an eye out for veteran western stars Bob Steele and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams in uncredited supporting roles. More than a few elements from The Comancheros would find their way into Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, albeit without the happy ending.

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John Wayne
as Cutter
Ina Balin
as Pilar
Bruce Cabot
as Maj. Henry
Joan O'Brien
as Melinda
Jack Elam
as Horseface
Edgar Buchanan
as Judge Bean
Steve Baylor
as Comanchero
Roger Mobley
as Bub Schofield
Bob Steele
as Pa Schofield
Luisa Triana
as Spanish Dancer
George J. Lewis
as Iron Shirt
Tom Hennessy
as Graile's Bodyguard
Jackie Cubat
as Hotel Girl
Leigh Snowden
as Hotel Girl
Gregg Palmer
as Duel opponent
Don Brodie
as Card dealer
Jon Lormer
as Elderly man on riverboat
Phil Arnold
as Nervous man
Alan Carney
as Bartender
Ralph Volkie
as Riverboat steward
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Critic Reviews for The Comancheros

All Critics (6)

Charming and agreeable, it moves along at a good clip. Shot in widescreen saturated CinemaScope, ... it's entertaining in a predictable way.

June 20, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Because he was largely a journeyman filmmaker who took whatever jobs the studio assigned him, most historians and critics regard Michael Curtiz merely as a capable gun-for-hire who was lucky enough to find himself attached to good projects.

June 13, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

A good old school western with solid acting, a great musical score, wonderful cinematography and beautiful desert scenery.

April 24, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Wayne is decent, but this is a compromised Western due to the fact that ailing director Michael Curtiz (it's his last film) has no appreciation for the genre.

May 6, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Interesting, at times brutal, John Wayne western with strong cast and locale.

October 19, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Lively and cheerful, but too banal to be a top-rate Curtiz or Wayne film; nevertheless it's a pleasingly entertaining film.

October 15, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Comancheros


Michael Curtiz' last film is a solid and layered piece of actioner as a Texas Ranger tries to take out some knuckleheads suppling rifles to the Comanches. Yeah sure, it's a John Wayne film (and don't you forget it, pilgrim!) but there's room for everyone here. The word rollicking comes to mind.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A great cast in a very enjoyable Wayne western. One that has more below the surface than your typical western of the time. I especially enjoyed Lee Marvin, though his stint was too short. Interesting and fresh storyline as well.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

This action-western picture of John Wayne is absolutely which has not one dull moment. It has lots of nice moments between the Texas Ranger (played by Wayne) and gambler (Stuart Whitman) as the unlikely partners to take on the villians of Comancheros.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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