Andre de Toth had worked on Zoltan Korda’s Sahara (1943, a great film). And as a director, he got to remake it a decade later as Last Of The Comanches (1953). Starring Broderick Crawford and Barbara Hale, it gave early parts to Lloyd Bridges and Martin Milner. Chubby Johnson’s in it, too.
De Toth’s opinion of the picture is probably summed up by the fact that in his book De Toth On De Toth (highly recommended), he covers working as assistant director on Sahara, but makes no mention of Last Of The Comanches.
Barbara Hale: “We shot that in Tuscon… The picture was loaded with many wind scenes but the wind wouldn’t blow when we were up there… Finally, Andre de Toth, the director, had to send to the studio for those great big wind machines. The same day they arrived, the winds started blowing.” (From a Western Clippings interview)
For some reason, I enjoy Broderick Crawford barking his dialogue in Westerns, even though in a lot of ways, he’s completely out of place.