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Comanche Territory (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 1 May 1950 (USA)
White settlers plan to defy the agreement between the government and the Comanche in order to mine for silver on Comanche lands, while scout Jim Bowie tries to keep the peace in the territory.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), Oscar Brodney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Hara ... Katie Howard
Macdonald Carey ... James Bowie
Will Geer ... Dan'l Seeger
Charles Drake ... Stacey Howard
Pedro de Cordoba ... Quisima
Ian MacDonald ... Walsh
Rick Vallin ... Pakanah
Parley Baer ... Boozer, the Bartender
James Best ... Sam
Edmund Cobb ... Ed
Glenn Strange ... Big Joe
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Storyline

Silver has been found on comanche territory and the government accomplished a peaceful agreement with the indians. When James 'Jim' Bowie comes into the scene he finds the white settlers living near by planning to attack the indians although they know about that agreement and the beautiful Katie seems to play a leading role in this intrigue. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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The Wild, Wanton Fury of 1,000 Howling Savages!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bowie Knife 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

Pioneer James Bowie was born in Logan County, Kentucky, in 1796. He became a Mexican citizen in 1830, shortly after he moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1828. He fought in the battle for Texas' independence in 1832 and served as a colonel in the Texas revolutionary army. James Bowie died in 1836 at the battle of the Alamo. He is credited with inventing the Bowie Knife. See more »

Goofs

The opening description and firearms set the time period at 1866. Jim Bowie died in the Alamo fight in March of 1836. See more »

Quotes

Quisima: If Comanches must die, they will die like men... but never give up sacred soil of their fathers.
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Buried Silver
8 July 2006 | by jldmp1See all my reviews

While this isn't an awful Western, there are clearly deficient aspects here that prevent greatness. The fight scenes don't thrill. The saloon brawl is poorly crafted, and nowhere near as funny as intended. The Comanches are depicted as 'injuns', with whites playing the only speaking parts. The central love/hate relationship between Carey and O'Hara is of the screwball comedy variety, but Carey is no Clark Gable.

In addition to the desert scenery, the only other real value this has is historical -- a reminder of whence more recent movies extract their ideas. For example, the imposing presence of the Bowie knife would later be borrowed by the "Rambo" movies.

O'Hara is probably the best single feature here, her two-fisted feisty redhead serving as a template for the Nicole Kidmans of the modern era. And the bull whip cracking and fight on the runaway wagon would become ingredients in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".


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