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Comanche (1956 film)

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Director  George Sherman
Music director  Herschel Burke Gilbert
Language  English
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Costume design  Dave Berman
Country  United States
Comanche (1956 film) movie poster
Release date  March 1956 (1956-03)
Writer  Carl Krueger (written for the screen by)
Cast  Dana Andrews (Jim Read), Kent Smith (Quanah Parker), Nestor Paiva (Puffer), Henry Brandon (Black Cloud), Linda Cristal (Margarita), John Litel (Gen. Nelson A. Miles)
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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.


Comanche (1956 film) movie scenes


Comanche (1956 film) movie scenes

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.


Comanche (1956 film) movie scenes
  • 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
  • Production

    Comanche (1956 film) movie scenes

    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.


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