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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Edward Grant, Clair Huffaker
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
20th Century Fox


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 river...
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 (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2011

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Comancheros

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

Super Reviewer


actually a fun shoot-'em-up with all of the typical obligatory scenes all in the name of simply a good time. when movies were movies, yah?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


More solid western action from John Wayne who strikes up a fun buddy partnership with fugitive Stuart Whitman. The heroine's willingness to sell out her father and friends so easily is a little lacking in credibility, but pretty good on the whole. There's also a memorable cameo from Lee Marvin.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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