Comanche Station

  • PG
  • Budd Boetticher (1960)
  • US
  • 70 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Sadly underrated on its original release, this final film in the series of Ranown westerns from director Budd Boetticher and co-producer/star Randolph Scott is a fine meditation on ageing. It's a companion piece thematically to The Searchers with Scott rescuing a rancher's wife who has been kidnapped by Comanches. But this is arguably bleaker and more realistic than John Ford's film, and strips the genre to its bare essentials. Supporting the craggy Scott is the well-cast Claude Akins as a flamboyant bounty hunter, and their final confrontation is especially effective. Particularly notable is Burt Kennedy's screenplay, which utilises the western's emotive iconography brilliantly: the Scott character is called Cody, while the journey is to Lordsburg - also the destination of the travellers in Stagecoach.

Plot Summary

Western starring Randolph Scott and Nancy Gates. After rescuing a settler's wife from the Comanches, Jefferson Cody encounters three outlaws who plan to kill him and collect a reward for the woman's return.

Cast and crew


Jefferson Cody
Randolph Scott
Mrs Lowe
Nancy Gates
Ben Lane
Claude Akins
Skip Homeier
Richard Rust
Station man
Rand Brooks
Mr Lowe
Dyke Johnson
Comanche lance bearer
Foster Hood
Comanche chief
Joe Molina
Vincent St Cyr
P Holland


Budd Boetticher

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Available on video
Certificate PG