Typical material handled in an exceptional way
Comanche Station, This is the final film that was directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. Like their previous collaborations, they both work together to produce Westerns that manage to rise above the mediocre norm. In this film, a fairly typical plot idea is executed very well–with a grace and style that make the film well worth seeing.
Randolph Scott, as usual, plays a nice but tough guy. He’s brave enough to come into a Comanche stronghold in order to negotiate for the release of a White woman kidnapped by the tribe. However, trouble is in store when three drifters come upon Scott and the woman. It seems that the leader of this group (Claude Akins) is a real rogue and plans with his men to kill Scott and the woman. It seems that the woman’s husband has offered a reward for her–and it can be collected dead or alive! So what did I like about the film? First, as usual, Randolph Scott is amazing. He plays the perfect cowboy hero–tough, slow to speak and anger but also a decent man through and through. Plus, he’s much more believable than the bigger than life characters John Wayne usually played. I loved Wayne’s films, but he was always too tough and too in command. Scott is much more like a very capable ‘everyman’ character. Second, as usual, Boetticher deliberately underplays the action–producing a muted but also quite believable film. Third, the film had a really nice ending–quite the twist.
You can’t do a lot better than a Scott/Boetticher western. While this isn’t their best, it certainly is quite good.