Cinema: The Wayneing of the West

The Comancheros (20th Century-Fox).

After 45 years of riding the neighborhood circuits, the pure-bred Hollywood hay-burner sure is a sorry hunk of horseflesh. But this time, Director Michael Curtiz gives the critter a tolerable tricky ride. He rowels out a few bursts of speed, and when there's nothing left but wheezes he plays them for horse laughs.

Plot ain't much. By James Edward Grant (The Alamo) and Clair Huffaker, out of a novel by Paul I. Wellman, the script describes how John Wayne and Stuart Whitman make buzzard meat out of, oh, about 700...

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