Despite a few clinkers, the 1960s were a good decade for cinematic Westerns. March of ’60 saw the last Randolph Scott picture Bud Boetticher directed: the 75-minute Comanche Station. Ride the High Country or True Grit it ain’t—it’s minor—but still has a lot going for it.
An original screenplay by Burt Kennedy has Jefferson Cody (Scott) trading with Comanches for a captive white woman. Indian aggression at a stagecoach station forces Cody to escort the woman (Nancy Gates) to her home, but they’re in the company of three crooks, interested in reward money for the damsel’s return.
A likable Western, Boetticher’s film tries to resist banality (up to a point). It’s a pleasant-looking work with a truly lovely actress in Miss Gates and some veritable (because nudity-free) sensuality. Further, it has an imaginative score by Mischa Bakaleinikoff.