Comanche Territory is a 1950 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Maureen O'Hara and Macdonald Carey. Jim Bowie is sent into Comanche country on a mission to allow the government to mine silver on the Indian's turf.
|Directed by||George Sherman|
|Written by||Lewis Meltzer|
|Screenplay by||Oscar Brodney|
|Produced by||Leonard Goldstein|
|Edited by||Frank Gross|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1.6 million|
An Indian treaty prevents settlers setting up camp on Comanche territory, but silver has been found and the government has sent Jim Bowie (Macdonald Carey) and Dan'l Seeger (Will Geer) to negotiate a new treaty to allow the precious metal to be mined.
Bowie soon finds that settlers are planning a raid on the Comanche, all instigated by saloon owner Katie Howard (Maureen O'Hara) and her crooked brother Stacey (Charles Drake). Katie falls in love with Bowie and turns honest, but it may be too late to prevent another Indian war.
In March 1949 Universal announced they would make a biopic of Jim Bowie produced by Leonard Goldstein, most likely to star Scott Brady as Bowie. The film was originally called The Bowie Knife. It was O'Hara's second film for Universal, following Bagdad (1949), and co-star Macdonald Carey's second film on loan from Paramount, following South Sea Sinner (1950).
Location work was done at Kanab, Utah but location shooting took place in and around the Oak Creek Canyon area of Arizona. Filming was postponed a week in August 1949 so that O'Hara could recover from laryngitis.