Comanche Station (1960)

73-74 mins | Western | March 1960

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy

Producer:

Budd Boetticher

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Editor:

Edwin Bryant

Production Designer:

Carl Anderson

Production Company:

Ranown Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to Filmfacts , the picture was filmed in Lone Pine, California. Comanche Station marked the last Western produced by Ranown Pictures, a company owned by producer Harry Joe Brown and actor Randolph Scott. Comanche Station was also the last of several Westerns directed by Budd Boetticher to star Randolph Scott. Their collaboration began with the 1956 film Seven Men from Now (See Entry). ... More Less

According to Filmfacts , the picture was filmed in Lone Pine, California. Comanche Station marked the last Western produced by Ranown Pictures, a company owned by producer Harry Joe Brown and actor Randolph Scott. Comanche Station was also the last of several Westerns directed by Budd Boetticher to star Randolph Scott. Their collaboration began with the 1956 film Seven Men from Now (See Entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Feb 1960.
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Daily Cinema
22 Jan 1960.
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Daily Variety
24 Feb 60
p. 3.
Film Daily
29 Feb 60
p. 6.
Filmfacts
1960
pp. 40-41.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 1959
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 60
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Mar 60
p. 620.
Variety
24 Feb 1960.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1960
Premiere Information:
London opening: 15 February 1960
Production Date:
10 June--26 June 1959
Copyright Claimant:
Ranown Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 March 1960
Copyright Number:
LP16505
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound Recording
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
73-74
Length(in feet):
6,570
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19427
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

A loner named Jefferson Cody rides into Comanche territory to trade a parcel of goods for a white woman who had been taken by the Comanche during an attack. After Cody rides off with the woman, she introduces herself as Mrs. Nancy Lowe from Lordsburg. Cody, who had heard stories about her kidnapping and her husband’s efforts to get her back, seems surprised by her identity, and when Mrs. Lowe asks him why, he responds that he did not rescue her at her husband’s behest, but because he heard that the Comanche were holding a white woman. When Mrs. Lowe wonders if a man would still want a woman who had been abused by the Comanche, Cody replies that a man would take her back if he loved her enough. Soon after they reach Comanche Station, three men ride in, chased by Comanche. After helping the men drive off the Indians, Cody recognizes one of the men, Ben Lane, an unscrupulous bounty hunter whom Cody had court-martialed when they were both in the army years earlier. Lane had been responsible for causing an Indian insurrection that wiped out Cody’s command, and now Cody suggests that the Indians were chasing Lane and his men, Dobie and Frank, because they were carrying Comanche scalps. Lane denies Cody’s accusation, explaining that he is in the area to search for Mrs. Lowe, whose husband is offering a $5,000 reward for her return. Believing that Cody has deceived her about his reason for coming to her rescue, Mrs. Lowe upbraids him and declares she will travel by herself on the next stage to Lordsburg. ... +


A loner named Jefferson Cody rides into Comanche territory to trade a parcel of goods for a white woman who had been taken by the Comanche during an attack. After Cody rides off with the woman, she introduces herself as Mrs. Nancy Lowe from Lordsburg. Cody, who had heard stories about her kidnapping and her husband’s efforts to get her back, seems surprised by her identity, and when Mrs. Lowe asks him why, he responds that he did not rescue her at her husband’s behest, but because he heard that the Comanche were holding a white woman. When Mrs. Lowe wonders if a man would still want a woman who had been abused by the Comanche, Cody replies that a man would take her back if he loved her enough. Soon after they reach Comanche Station, three men ride in, chased by Comanche. After helping the men drive off the Indians, Cody recognizes one of the men, Ben Lane, an unscrupulous bounty hunter whom Cody had court-martialed when they were both in the army years earlier. Lane had been responsible for causing an Indian insurrection that wiped out Cody’s command, and now Cody suggests that the Indians were chasing Lane and his men, Dobie and Frank, because they were carrying Comanche scalps. Lane denies Cody’s accusation, explaining that he is in the area to search for Mrs. Lowe, whose husband is offering a $5,000 reward for her return. Believing that Cody has deceived her about his reason for coming to her rescue, Mrs. Lowe upbraids him and declares she will travel by herself on the next stage to Lordsburg. That night, while the group awaits the arrival of the stage, Cody tries to tell Mrs. Lowe that he knew nothing about the reward, but she refuses to believe him. Meanwhile, Lane informs Frank and Dobie that because the woman’s husband has offered to pay the reward whether she is returned dead or alive, he plans to kill both her and Cody to claim the money. The next morning, the station master rides in with an arrow in his chest, declaring that after two scalp hunters brutally raided a Comanche village, the Indians killed them, then decided to attack the stagecoach, along with every other white in the area. Fearing for their safety, the group decides to leave Comanche Station and ride to Lordsburg on horseback. When they stop for a rest, Mrs. Lowe washes her clothes in the river, and when she hears some Comanche war cries, she looks up and sees that Frank has been killed by an arrow. When Dobie sadly observes that all Frank’s life amounted to was a saddle and a shirt, Cody asks why he hooked up with Lane. Dobie explains that after his family died of fever, he was alone in the world and felt he had no other choice, then Cody suggests that he ride with him once they reach Lordsburg. That night, Lane questions why Mrs. Lowe’s husband did not come for her himself. Later, Mrs. Lowe asks Dobie about Cody, and Dobie says that he heard Cody had been riding Comanche country all alone for years, looking for his wife, who was kidnapped by Indians. Experiencing second thoughts about killing Mrs. Lowe, Dobie warns her to stay close to Cody. The next day, they reach an open plain, and Cody rides out alone to scout for Indians. The Indians soon attack, and Lane rides to Cody’s rescue. With Lordsburg only one day’s ride away, they camp for the night, and Cody tells Mrs. Lowe that knowing her has brought him some respite from the torment of losing his wife. Later, Cody, suspecting that Lane plans foul play, disarms him and Dobie and orders them to ride away. In the morning, Lane and Dobie position themselves in the rocks above the trail, and Lane produces a rifle he has hidden away. When Dobie refuses to help Lane shoot Cody and Mrs. Lowe, who are about to ride by, Lane shoots him, thereby alerting Cody and Mrs. Lowe to trouble. Cody takes Mrs. Lowe to the safety of the rocks then looks for Lane. The latter is about to shoot Mrs. Lowe when Cody appears. Lane spins around to shoot Cody, but Cody is too fast and kills Lane. Cody then safely delivers Mrs. Lowe to her young son and husband. When her husband comes out of the house to greet her, Cody discovers that he is blind and therefore was unable to come to his wife’s rescue. Mrs. Lowe thanks Cody, who, before receiving his reward money, turns his horse around and rides away. +

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