DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CURTIZ and JOHN WAYNE-uncredited
PRODUCED BY GEORGE SHERMAN
MUSIC BY ELMER BERNSTEIN
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret,
but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants
and thieves known as Comancheros.
Summary written by Jim Beaver
John Wayne .... Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter
Stuart Whitman .... Paul Regret
Ina Balin .... Pilar Graile
Nehemiah Persoff .... Graile
Lee Marvin .... Tully Crow
Michael Ansara .... Amelung
Patrick Wayne .... Tobe (Texas Ranger) (as Pat Wayne)
Bruce Cabot .... Maj. Henry (Ranger CO)
Joan O'Brien .... Melinda Marshall
Jack Elam .... Horseface (Comanchero)
Edgar Buchanan .... Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
Henry Daniell .... Gireaux
Richard Devon .... Esteban
Phil Arnold .... Nervous barfly (uncredited)
Anne Barton .... Mrs. Schofield (uncredited)
Steve Baylor .... Comanchero (uncredited)
Don Brodie .... Card Dealer (uncredited)
Alan Carney .... Stillwater bartender (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni .... Josefina (uncredited)
Dennis Cole .... (uncredited)
Booth Colman .... Hotel clerk (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz .... Marsac (uncredited)
John Dierkes .... Ranger Bill Larsen (uncredited)
Ilana Dowding .... Mary Schofield (uncredited)
William Fawcett .... Poker player (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... (uncredited)
George J. Lewis .... Chief Iron Shirt (uncredited)
Jon Lormer .... Elderly man on riverboat (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... (uncredited)
Roger Mobley .... Bub Schofield (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer .... Bouvier (opponent in duel) (uncredited)
Michael Ross .... Gordo (Graile's bodyguard) (uncredited)
Leigh Snowden .... Evie (uncredited)
Bob Steele .... Pa Schofield (uncredited)
Lusita Triana .... Spanish dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie .... Riverboat steward (uncredited)
Aissa Wayne .... Bessie Marshall (uncredited)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams .... Ed McBain (gunrunner) (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Ranger (uncredited)
Sammy Wolfe ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Kelly Yost ... Indian (uncredited)
Paul Wellman (novel) (as Paul I. Wellman)
James Edward Grant screenplay
Clair Huffaker screenplay
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Cliff Lyons .... action sequences director
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
During much of the shooting, director Michael Curtiz was seriously ill (he died of cancer shortly after the film's release). On the days when Curtiz was too ill to work, John Wayne took over direction of the film, and when it was completed he told the studio that he did not want credit as co-director and insisted that Curtiz' name alone appear as director.
The final film directed by Michael Curtiz.
When John Wayne signs the hotel register as "McBain", one of the names in the register is William H. Clothier, the film's director of photography.
Besides the name of William H. Clothier, the film's director of photography, another crew member's name that appears in the hotel registry signed by "Ed McBain" is that of Jack R. Berne, an assistant director on the film.
The last film of veteran cowboy actor Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, who died shortly after its completion.
John Wayne's character, Ranger Capt. Jake Cutter, is called Big Jake. Wayne later played Jacob McCandles in Big Jake (1971).
Paul Wellman wrote the novel with Cary Grant in mind as Paul Regret. However, by the time the film was made in 1961 Grant was too old for the part, and would never have taken second billing to John Wayne.
* Revealing mistakes: After Regret hits Cutter with a shovel, Cutter wakes up when it starts raining. Somehow, the sky is still blue and there are strong shadows. It is only raining about 30 feet from Cutter.
* Anachronisms: Cutter is shown wearing a Texas Ranger Badge. These badges were not introduced until the 1880s, 37 years after the year the movie story takes place (1843).
* Crew or equipment visible: In the final gun battle, when the man in the wagon is shot, instead of seeing his body falling from the wagon, we see someone throwing it out.
* Anachronisms: The guns used in the movie are Colt single action revolvers model 1873, Henry lever action rifle look-alikes model 1860, and Winchester lever action rifles model 1892. The only correct period guns used were the single-shot percussion-cap dueling pistols used in the opening scene.
* Revealing mistakes: During the last battle of the movie, Cutter is shown in a wagon shooting a lever action rifle left-handed. The film is reversed, because the loading port of the rifle is depicted as being on the left (wrong) side of the rifle.
* Continuity: When Pa Schofield goes out of the house with the baby in his arms and calls his friends, the baby is completely covered. So we see the Cutter's hand discovering the baby's face in close-up. Next shot the baby is still completely covered.
* Continuity: Inside the boat, Regret is sleeping on the bed. Suddenly, in the shadow projected on the wall behind the bed, we see the door opens and the image of Cutter appears. The next shot shows Cutter himself and his shadow on the door his left hand.
* Anachronisms: Major Henry mentions that Ed McBain spent 5 years at the Yuma Territorial Prison. In 1843 Arizona was part of Mexico, so there was no Yuma Territorial Prison then. The Mexican-American war, where the US took the SW from Mexico, wasn't won until 1848.
* Continuity: Paul Regret knocks Jake Cutter unconscious with a shovel, throws it on the ground, and escapes. When Jake wakes up later the shovel is laying the opposite way, the handle and business end have exchanged places.
* Continuity: When Regret hits Jake with the shovel, the shovel flexes. It is obviously made out of rubber.
* Revealing mistakes: Obvious use of a dummy in the final escape when Esteban is shot and "falls" out of the wagon.
* Continuity: As Jake and Regret are delivering their wagon-load of guns, they see see Indians on the hilltops. Jake removes a staff with feathers from his side of the wagon, and hands it to Regret, saying 'We'll see if this passport works.' The next two quick camera cuts show the staff first back on the wagon, then again in Regret's hands.
* Errors in geography: Regret and Pilar meet on a Mississippi-style river boat, but the ocean is in the background when they talk on deck. The riverboat lands in Galveston, but no such riverboat navigated the Trinity or San Jacinto Rivers that empty into Galveston Bay. Regret and Cutter ride from Galveston into the desert. The nearest desert to Galveston is at least 400 miles, and nothing in Texas looks like the desert in the film.
* Revealing mistakes: In the final battle scene Amelung falls from the wagon with his hands tied behind his back. As he falls he places his hands in front to catch himself then quickly places them behind him again as others rush to assist him.
* Continuity: In the bar scene: Tully Crow (Lee Marvin) asks the bartender for a bottle of "the good stuff." The bartender holds up a bottle of whiskey with his right hand. Crow, not believing that it really is "the good stuff," gets mad and shoots the bottle and breaks it. The camera view then changes to a stuffed deer head on the wall, which Crow also shoots. Then the camera goes back to the bartender, but he is standing there with the same bottle of whiskey in his right hand - bottle is intact and unbroken.
* Continuity: In the Marshall's farm-yard: when Jake Cutter (John Wayne) introduces Paul Regret to Bessie Marshall, the sunlight on Regret's face - as well as on the horse behind him - instantly changes to overcast between shots.
* Continuity: During Jake's and Regret's visit to the Schofield farmstead: the angle of sunlight and lengths of shadows cast by men and horses change markedly between shots. For example, one minute Jake Cutter is talking to Major Henry in what appears to be nearly midday sunlight. The camera angle changes, and we see Jake watching Major Henry lead off the mounted team of Rangers, but now they are all casting fairly long shadows. Then the action goes back to Paul Regret, but now the sunlight indicates somewhere close to mid-day. This random shifting of sunlight and shadow lengths repeats throughout the Schofield scene.
* Anachronisms: When McBain is interrogated Major Henry states that McBain's guns had been stolen from Fort Sill and that McBain had served five years in Yuma Territorial Prison. As the film is supposedly set before 1848, neither is possible. Yuma Territorial Prison was opened in 1876, while Fort Sill was first established in 1869. Both occurred after Texas lost its independence and became a state.
* Revealing mistakes: When Capt. Cutter handcuffs Paul Regret in his bed on the boat after as he wakes him up, one end of the handcuffs is simply resting around the narrowing end of the bedpost with nothing holding it there. To make matters worse, at the end of the scene when Capt. Cutter gives Paul Regret his suit to Don, he takes out his key to undo the cuffs as though they just can't be pulled right off the top of the bedpost.
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