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Comancheros, The | 1961 | John Wayne, Stuart Whitman

Michael (Casablanca) Curtiz’s last film is an entertaining if not exactly classic western in which good guys and bad guys team up to fight one common enemy. Wayne (who else?) stars as Jake Cutter, a Texas Ranger who arrests a crooked gambler (Whitman), only for his newfound captive to become his closest aly when it comes to tracking down the titular gang, a band of rogue arms merchants and looters.
One of the earlier examples of the genre which later became the buddy movie. There are plenty of rousing action setpieces to enjoy, while Wayne is as cool as ever.

John Wayne as Jake Cutter
Stuart Whitman as Paul Regret
Ina Balin as Pilar Graile
Nehemiah Persoff as Graile
Lee Marvin as Crow
Michael Ansara as Amelung
Patrick Wayne as Tobe (Texas Ranger)
Bruce Cabot as Maj. Henry (Ranger CO)
Joan O’Brien as Melinda Marshall
Jack Elam as Horseface (Comanchero)
Edgar Buchanan as Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
Henry Daniell as Gireaux
Richard Devon as Esteban
Guinn Williams as Ed McBain – Gunrunner (uncredited)
Phil Arnold as Nervous Drunk (uncredited)
Anne Barton as Martha Schofield (uncredited)
Steve Baylor as Comanchero (uncredited)
Danny Borzage as Barfly (uncredited)
Don Brodie as Card Dealer (uncredited)
Alan Carney as Stillwater Bartender (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni as Josefina (uncredited)
Dennis Cole as Blonde Youth (uncredited)
Booth Colman as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jackie Cubat as Fuzzy – Hotel Girl (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz as Marsac (uncredited)
John Dierkes as Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
Ilana Dowding as Mary Schofield (uncredited)
William Fawcett as Poker Player (uncredited)
Eric Feldary as Valtin (uncredited)
Joe Gray as Minor Role (uncredited)
Lenmana Guerin as Indian Maid (uncredited)
Claude Hall as Ranger (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy as Gordo – Graile’s Bodyguard (uncredited)
Tom Hernández as Croupier (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava as Dealer (uncredited)
George J. Lewis as Chief Iron Shirt (uncredited)
Jon Lormer as White-Haired Man on Riverboat (uncredited)
Directors: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
USA | 105 minutes | 1961

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