Einer gibt nicht auf (1960)

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Einer gibt nicht auf: Directed by Budd Boetticher. With Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier. A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

“While the western genre is not my favourite one of all film genres (not sure which one is my favourite due to trying to appreciate them all the same), there is a lot of appreciation for it by me. There are a lot of very good to great films, with the best work of John Ford being notable examples. u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026#39;Comanche Stationu0026#39; is the final collaboration of the seven films director Budd Boetticher and lead actor Randolph Scott did together in the late 50s. By all means u0026#39;Comanche Stationu0026#39; is not their best pairing (perhaps towards the lesser end, which is not a knock as this merely means itu0026#39;s only because the best of them are so great), but one can totally see the appeal of their collaborations and both Boetticher and Scott are well served, the film being a good representation of both. It is a very good note to go out on and of their films it is perhaps the most overlooked. Which is a shame because itu0026#39;s a very good film with many excellent elements.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBy all means not perfect. Nancy Gates is rather bland in a role that is rather underwritten. The film loses momentum on occasions.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHowever, Scott is as stoic and charismatic as ever with an appealingly craggy edge, being both likeable and tough. Every bit as good is a truly menacing Claude Akins, relishing his quite meaty villainous character. The two work very effectively together and their final confrontation is one of u0026#39;Comanche Stationu0026#39;su0026#39; high points. Boetticheru0026#39;s direction is efficient and lean.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eA big shout has to go to the production values. While there is grandeur and atmosphere to the settings itu0026#39;s the photography thatu0026#39;s the star, especially in the unforgettable wordless opening sequence, one of my favourite openings of Boetticheru0026#39;s/Scottu0026#39;s films together. The music is rousing yet never intrusive and the more eventful parts blister.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere is thankfully no fat or ramble to the thought-probing, tight and sharply focused script and the storytelling is brutally bleak and movingly elegiac, mostly nicely paced too. u0026#39;Comanche Stationu0026#39; may not have the same depth of characterisation as other Boetticher/Scott outings or character complexity, but the two lead characters are interesting and the character interaction is a major plus point numerous times. Notably with Scott and Akins in their final confrontation, which positively blisters.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOn the whole, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox”


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