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.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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20th Century Fox


John Wayne
as Cutter
Ina Balin
as Pilar
Lee Marvin
as Crow
Michael Ansara
as Amflung
Bruce Cabot
as Maj. Henry
Joan O'Brien
as Melinda
Jack Elam
as Horseface
Edgar Buchanan
as Judge Bean
Henry Daniell
as Gireaux
Richard Devon
as Estevan
Steve Baylor
as Comanchero
Roger Mobley
as Bub Schofield
Bob Steele
as Pa Schofield
Luisa Triana
as Spanish Dancer
Aissa Wayne
as Bessie
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)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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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 12, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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Full Review… | May 24, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Comancheros


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


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
Kevin M. Williams

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