GenreWestern Costume designDave Berman CountryUnited States
Release dateMarch 1956 (1956-03) WriterCarl Krueger (written for the screen by) CastDana Andrews (Jim Read), Kent Smith (Quanah Parker), Nestor Paiva (Puffer), Henry Brandon (Black Cloud), Linda Cristal (Margarita), John Litel (Gen. Nelson A. Miles) Similar moviesRelated George Sherman movies
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Comanche is a 1956 Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Dana Andrews. The film has a theme song "A Man Is As Good As His Word" sung by The Lancers.
In 1875, near Durango, Mexico, a group of renegade Comanche attack a peaceful village and kidnap the daughter of a Spanish aristocrat. They escape the Mexican Army by crossing into US territory. Jim Read (Dana Andrews), a frontier scout, is sent to investigate and ease tensions between the Mexicans and the Comanche. But long standing hatred and the profitable business of scalp-hunting does not help in resolving the conflict. Read is sent to negotiate with the Comanche chief, Quanah (Kent Smith). Whilst searching for Quanah, Read sees Art Downey (Stacy Harris), a local scalp-hunter, shoot and injure a Comanche. Read rescues him and takes him to Quanah. Read however is himself accused of the shooting by Black Cloud (Henry Brandon), the renegade leader, until the injured brave recovers enough to clear his name. Read reveals to Quanah that they are cousins and that his mother was the sister of Quanah’s mother. Quanah swears loyalty to his white friend. Read leaves to fetch government officials to a peace council, but discovers a cavalry detachment that has been massacred by Black Cloud and his renegades. The Government official, Commissioner Ward (Lowell Gilmore), has ordered the cavalry to subdue the Indians, by force if necessary. Black Cloud attacks a column of cavalry troopers and captures Ward. Quanah and a large force of loyal Comanche intervene and threaten to attack Black Cloud. Vengeful Black Cloud kills Ward. In the ensuing battle, Read kills Downey and Black Cloud and peace is restored.
Dana Andrews as Jim Read
Kent Smith as Quanah Parker
Nestor Paiva as Puffer
Henry Brandon as Black Cloud
Stacy Harris as Downey
John Litel as Gen. Nelson A. Miles
Lowell Gilmore as Commissioner Ward
Mike Mazurki as Flat Mouth
Tony Carbajal as Little Snake
Linda Cristal as Margarita
Reed Sherman as Lt. French
Iron Eyes Cody as Medicine Arrow, the medicine man
Writer-producer Carl Krueger spent five to six years researching the story. He says he was offered up to $30,000 for the script but held out to make it independently as he wanted the film shot in Mexico.
The film received some good reviews with the location work in Durango, Mexico much praised. TV Guide and the Radio Times both rated it two out of four stars, each citing it as interesting mostly for introducing Cristal to North American audiences.