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Last of the Comanches (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 1 February 1953 (USA)
The remnants of a massacred cavalry troop and ragtag group of stagecoach passengers fight for survival against fierce Comanches at a desert ruin.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre DeToth)

Writer:

Kenneth Gamet (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Sgt. Matt Trainor
Barbara Hale ... Julia Lanning
Johnny Stewart ... Little Knife
Lloyd Bridges ... Jim Starbuck
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Rusty Potter
George Mathews ... Romany O'Rattigan
Hugh Sanders ... Denver Kinnaird
Ric Roman ... Martinez
Chubby Johnson ... Henry Ruppert
Martin Milner ... Billy Creel
Milton Parsons ... Satterlee the Prophet
Jack Woody Jack Woody ... Cpl. Floyd
John War Eagle ... Black Cloud
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Storyline

It's 1876 and all the Indians are at peace except the Comanches lead by Black Cloud. When Black Cloud wipes out a town, only six soldiers are left and they head for the nearest fort. In the desert they are reinforced by members of a stagecoach and find some water at a deserted mission. Pinned down by Black Cloud they send an Indian boy who was Black Cloud's prisoner on to the fort while they try to bargain with Black Cloud whom they learn is without water. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Ten against ten thousand...and a million-to-one chance to even the odds! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last of the Comanches See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Mickey Shaughnessy. See more »

Goofs

When Sergeant Trainor goes to talk to Black Cloud and the other Indian leaders, he passes the body of a dead Indian lying with its head towards the Mission walls. While he is talking to the Indian leaders, some Indian warriors collect this body, which is now lying with its head away from the Mission. See more »

Quotes

Julia Lanning: [Referring to her brother at the fort] I'm visiting, and I'd like to get there as soon as possible.
Sgt. Matt Trainor: With or without a scalp?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The Indian tribes of the southwest were at peace, except for the notorious renegade Comanche chieftain,Black Cloud, and his savage followers.

For three years his raids and massacres threatened the security of the new peace.

On August 27th, 1876, a cavalry scouting patrol, out from Fort Macklin seeking Black Cloud, stopped for water at the little town of Dry Buttes.

Here, Black Cloud trapped them... See more »

Connections

Remake of Sahara (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me
(uncredited)
Attributed to Thomas Brigham Bishop
Sung, with additional lyrics, by the soldiers at the Mission
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I'll tell you when to drink, when to eat, when to sleep, and when to breathe!
30 January 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Last of the Comanches (AKA: The Sabre and the Arrow) is directed by Andre De Toth and adapted to the screen by Kenneth Gamet. It stars Broderick Crawford, Barbara Hale, Lloyd Bridges, Mickey Shaughnessy, Johnny Stewart, George Matthews and Hugh Sanders. A Technicolor production with cinematography by Charles Lawton Junior and Ray Cory and music by George Duning.

Safe as a bomb shelter Western. A remake of Zoltan Korda/Humphrey Bogart's war movie Sahara from 1943, Last of the Comanches finds Broderick Crawford as the leader of what remains of a massacred cavalry troop. As they make their way across the desert they pick up ragtag group of stagecoach passengers and as water runs low, they must fight for survival against fierce Comanches led by Black Cloud.

In essence it's a survivalist story with some Indian War action dotted around the outskirts of plotting. It's nice and airy, pleasingly performed, easy on the eye with its Technicolor photography, and De Toth once again shows himself to be a good marshall of action scenes. Crawford carries the movie of course, imbuing Sergeant Trainor with fearless bluster that holds the dysfunctional group together. The narrative strength comes from the lack of water, both for the whiteys and the Comanche, where the often forgotten weapons of war, that of food or drink, firmly keeps the story engrossing.

Not as good as Sahara but still a safe recommendation to Western and Brod Crawford fans. 7/10


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