The "Ranown" films are considered Bs because their budgets were limited and their running times were brief. But the cheapness of Comanche Station only sinks in when you notice how few sets Boetticher uses. On the other hand, he has landscapes that would be the envy of any producer or art director, and if no one told you about the budget you'd say the film looked pretty lavish, since it does. Boetticher complements the landscapes with his most mobile camerawork of the series, racing along to follow hard-riding horsemen and Indians while making judicious use of crane shots to open up our field of vision. This last film is the best looking of the set.
They then fall in with Lane (Claude Akins) and his minions Frank and Dobie, who happened also to be hunting for Mrs. Lowe. They divulge that Mr. Lowe has offered a $5,000 reward for his wife's return -- a fact that Cody hadn't mentioned to her, having given the impression that he acted entirely on his own benevolent initiative. This lowers her regard for her original rescuer, but Lane and company are no prizes, either. In any event, now they must ride together to Lordsburg, avoiding newly hostile Comanches, with Cody concerned that Lane might kill him to claim the reward for himself. Worse, Lane tells his lackeys that Mr. Lowe will pay up if his wife is delivered dead or alive....
There's a final misunderstanding that gives Comanche Station a poignant little twist. Cody had said that he was unaware of Mr. Lowe offering a reward for his wife's return. Lane confirms that he did, but he uses that fact, and especially the "dead or alive" bit to question both Lowe's manhood (why doesn't he go after his wife himself?) and his love for Mrs. Lowe. You can see that the lonely Cody sees an opening here, but when we finally learn why Mr. Lowe did not go out to the rescue, there's nothing left but for Randolph Scott to resume his lonely ride through the wilderness. His disappearance into the rocks from which he emerged at the start of the picture is a fitting thematic close to the entire series.
1. Decision at Sundown
2. The Tall T
3. Comanche Station
4. Buchanan Rides Alone
5. Ride Lonesome
And here's the trailer, uploaded by CultExtras: