Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Budd Boetticher|
|Written by||Burt Kennedy|
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Edwin H. Bryant|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||74 minutes|
Comanche Station is a 1960 American CinemaScope western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates and Claude Akins. The film was the last of Boetticher's late 1950s Ranown Cycle.
Jefferson Cody, whose wife was captured by Comanches, frees another man's wife and is taking her home. Three outlaws, led by the charming but malevolent Ben Lane, reveal that the woman's husband has offered a $5,000 reward, making the woman, Mrs. Lowe, suspicious of Cody's motives in coming to her rescue.
Lane is known to Cody, who helped court-martial him from the army. A raiding party has been led by Lane against the Comanches, who now seek revenge and kill one of Lane's men.
Although her husband did not try to find her himself, the reward for the return of Mrs. Lowe is "dead or alive," so Lane prefers dead. He tries to ambush her and Cody, and when partner Dobie refuses to help, Lane shoots him.
In a showdown in the hills, Cody gets the better of Lane. He escorts the woman back home, discovering that her husband is blind. Before he can be paid the $5,000, Cody rides away.
- Randolph Scott as Jefferson Cody
- Claude Akins as Ben Lane
- Nancy Gates as Nancy Lowe
- Skip Homeier as Frank
- Richard Rust as Dobie
In 2008 a DVD box set of five Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott was released. Along with Comanche Station the set includes Buchanan Rides Alone, Decision at Sundown, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T.
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