The Comancheros

The Comancheros

Michael Curtiz (1961)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This was a marvellous swansong for Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, who died the following year. Indeed, much of this handsome western was actually directed by star John Wayne, in tandem with second unit director Cliff Lyons. The scale is substantial, and Curtiz fills the wide CinemaScope vistas with rip-roaring action. The Duke dominates the movie, but there's also lively support from Stuart Whitman as gambler Paul Regret, who's a pivotal character for the whole affair. The score is one of Elmer Bernstein's best and most elegiac, and there's a terrific star-building performance from Lee Marvin. A big hit in its day, this is the sort of sprawling western that died, alas, with its star.


A hard-bitten Texas Ranger joins forces with a convict and a gambler in a covert operation to run a gang of gunmen out of the territory for supplying Comanche warriors with arms and alcohol from a secret hideout in Mexico. But after infiltrating the renegades' secret camp, they have to figure out how to survive until help arrives. Western, with John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff and Lee Marvin.

Cast & Crew

Capt Jake Cutter John Wayne
Paul Regret Stuart Whitman
Pilar Graile Ina Balin
Graile Nehemiah Persoff
Tully Crow Lee Marvin
Amelung Michael Ansara
Tobe Patrick Wayne
Maj Henry Bruce Cabot
Melinda Marshall Joan O'Brien
Horseface Jack Elam
Gireaux Henry Daniell
Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen Edgar Buchanan
Director Michael Curtiz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD