Comanche (1956 film)

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Comanche FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George Sherman
Produced by Carl Kreuger
Screenplay by Carl Krueger
Starring Dana Andrews
Kent Smith
Nestor Paiva
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Jorge Stahl Jr.
Edited by Charles L. Kimball
Carl Krueger Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
March, 1956
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.15 million (US)[1]

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.



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 movie shot in Mexico.[2]


Critical response[edit]

The film received some good reviews with the location work in Durango, Mexico much praised.[3]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film and wrote, "George Sherman directs and Carl Krueger provides the entertaining script for this sympathetic Western to the Native Americans. It shows there are baddies on both sides. The bad whites are scalphunters who sell the Indian scalps to make dolls. Filmed in the Old Mexican territory of Durango. It's set in 1875. The film opens and closes with its theme song "A Man is as Good as his Word," as sung by The Lancers ... Purports to be based on the true way these bloody incidents with the Comanches, the cavalry and the raids into the Mexican border towns actually happened and why they did."[4]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
  2. ^ War Whoops Again Fill Old Durango Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Oct 1955: D1.
  3. ^ Drama: Film Vividly Portrays Indians' Mexican Raid Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 Mar 1956: 24.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis, film review, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, August 5, 2005. Accessed: July 3, 2013.

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