Comanche Territory (1950 film)


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.

Comanche Territory
Comanche Territory FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Written byLewis Meltzer
Screenplay byOscar Brodney
Lewis Meltzer
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
StarringMaureen O'Hara
Macdonald Carey
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byFrank Gross
Music byFrank Skinner
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1950 (1950-05-01)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.6 million[1]


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.[2] The film was originally called The Bowie Knife. It was O'Hara's second film for Universal, following Bagdad (1949),[3] and co-star Macdonald Carey's second film on loan from Paramount, following South Sea Sinner (1950).[4]

Location work was done at Kanab, Utah[5] 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.[6]


  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.
  2. ^ M'CREA GETS LEAD IN METRO PICTURE: To Play Clergyman in 'Stars in My Crown,' Based on Novel -- Fitts Doing Scenario By THOMAS F. BRADY New York Times 22 Mar 1949: 31.
  3. ^ McNally on Loan Will Star in 'No Way Out'; O'Brien Does Bostonian Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 13 Oct 1949: B11.
  4. ^ Ecuador Head-Hunter Film Beats Disaster; Hodiak Due in England Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times11 Aug 1949: 23.
  5. ^ Jesse Lasky Jr. Plans Production in Europe; Bromfield Gets New Deal Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 12 Aug 1949: A7
  6. ^ MARSHALL TO STAR IN PICTURE FOR UA: Actor Is Returning to Screen in 'The Whip,' With Gale Storm and Dan Duryea By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.9 Aug 1949: 20.

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