Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961. Final Draft script for the 1961 Western film. Copy belonging to unknown crew member dealing with costumes and wardrobe, with 20 leaves detailing costume changes for each character preceding the script, and holograph ink annotations throughout.
A Texas Ranger returning a runaway gambler to Louisiana in order for the man to face prosecution finds their route interrupted by a wayward gang of smugglers known as the Comancheros. John Wayne took over as director (although his role was uncredited) nearing the end of the film's production, after director Michael Curtiz grew too ill to work. "The Comancheros" proved to be Curtiz's final picture, released six months before his death in 1962.
Shot on location in Utah and Arizona.
Blue titled wrappers, noted as FINAL on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped production No. 859, dated MAY 3, 1961. Title page present, dated May 3, 1961, noted as FINAL, with credits for screenwriter James Edward Grant and novelist Paul I. Wellman. 166 leaves, with last page of text numbered 128. Mimeographed, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5/11/61 and 6/9/61. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Good to Very Good with fraying and yapping at the edges, bound internally with three gold brads.