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The Comancheros (film)

The Comancheros is a 1961 Western Deluxe CinemaScope color film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on a 1952 novel of the same name by Paul Wellman, starring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. The supporting cast includes Ina Balin, Lee Marvin, Nehemiah Persoff, Bruce Cabot, Jack Elam, Patrick Wayne, Edgar Buchanan. Featured are Western-film veterans Bob Steele, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Harry Carey, Jr. in uncredited supporting roles. When illness prevented Curtiz from finishing the film, Wayne took over as director, though his role remained uncredited. Curtiz died shortly. In 1843, roguish gambler Paul Regret flees to avoid a death penalty after a duel with Emil Bouvier, the son of a Louisiana judge. Regret claimed, he is captured by Texas Ranger Captain Jake Cutter after a tryst with a mysterious lady, Pilar Graile. Regret is recaptured after a chance encounter with Cutter in a saloon. Returning Regret to Louisiana, Cutter is forced to join forces with the condemned man to fight the "Comancheros", a large criminal gang headed by a former officer who smuggles guns and whiskey to the Comanche Indians, to make money and keep the frontier in a state of violence.

Cutter stops at a ranch owned by a friend. During the attack, Regret jumps on a horse and flees but instead of making a clean getaway, he returns with a unit of Texas Rangers and the attack is repulsed; because of Regret's act of valor, a company of Rangers and a judge lie themselves blue in the face, stating that Regret had been working undercover as a Ranger to spy out the Comancheros' supply line, clear his name, swear him in as a Texas Ranger. After finding one of the Comancheros' suppliers and killing him in self defense and Regret take over his delivery wagon and infiltrate the self-sufficient Comanchero community at the bottom of a valley in the desert. Pilar reappears as the daughter of the ruthless Comanchero leader Graile. After Cutter and the other Texas Rangers defeat the Comanches and Comancheros and Pilar leave together for Mexico and Jake rides off into the sunset to rejoin the Ranger company. Wellman's novel had been bought for the screen by George Stevens, who wanted to direct it after Giant.

He became interested in making The Diary of Anne Frank and sold the film rights to Fox for $300,000. Clair Huffaker was signed by the studio to adapt it for producer Charles Brackett, with Gary Cooper to star. Robert Wagner was in line to play Cooper's co star. Cooper was in ill health and in early 1961 Douglas Heyes was announced as writer and director. John Wayne and Charlton Heston were announced as stars but Heston dropped out and was replaced by Tom Tryon Heyes dropped out and was replaced by Michael Curtiz. Fox had the script rewritten by Wayne's regular writer James Edward Grant. Whitman's character—Paul Regret—was the lead in the novel and Wayne's part had to be amplified for the film version. Wellman had envisioned Cary Grant as Regret. Gary Cooper and James Garner were set to be the leads but Cooper's ill health and Garner's blackballing over a dispute with Jack L. Warner ruled them out. According to Tom Mankiewicz, who worked on the film as an assistant, Curtiz was ill during production and John Wayne took over the directing.

Wayne told Mankiewicz to remove his John F. Kennedy button. Parts of the film were shot in Professor Valley, Dead Horse Point, King's Bottom, La Sal Mountains, Fisher Valley, Onion Creek, Hurrah Pass and Haver Ranch in Utah. Bosley Crowther called the film "so studiously wild and woolly it turns out to be good fun". Although set in Texas in 1843, the characters all use Winchester lever-action rifles and Colt Peacemaker pistols, which were not available until 1866 and 1873, respectively; the Guinn Williams character is said to have stolen rifles from Fort Sill and to have served a sentence in the Yuma Territorial Prison, neither of which became operational until after the Civil War, 1869 and 1876, respectively. The Comanchero leader's status as a former Confederate officer is anachronistic because the Confederate States of America did not exist until the onset of the Civil War in 1861. Additionally, in the scene between Stuart Whitman and Joan O’Brien in which she explains how her husband died in the Battle of San Jacinto, she says his death occurred “four years ago,” which would’ve been 1839.

The Battle of San Jacinto was fought in 1836. Three years Whitman was the lead in Rio Conchos, another film which had a remarkably similar plot to this one. In that film, Whitman's character was the upstanding figure compelled to work with rogues who either had criminal pasts, or worked on the edge of the law. A song recorded by Claude King covered some of the plot of this film, it was meant to be released with the film but was only used in trailers.. Dell Four Color #1300 List of American films of 1961 John Wayne filmography The Comancheros on IMDb The Comancheros at the TCM Movie Database The Comancheros at AllMovie

2012 Women's European Volleyball League

The 2012 Women's European Volleyball League was the fourth edition of the annual Women's European Volleyball League, which featured women's national volleyball teams from twelve European countries. A preliminary league round was played from June 1 to June 30, the final four tournament, held at the Czech Republic on July 5–6, 2012. During the league round, competing nations were drawn into three pools of four teams, every team hosted a tournament with three other teams and playing a round-robin system over three days. One standings table was used, combined with all four tournaments; the Pool winners and the best runner up qualified for the final four round. If the final four host team finished first in its league round pool, the best pool runners-up qualified for the final four; the Czech Republic defeated Bulgaria 3–0 in the final. Bulgaria Czech Republic France Greece Hungary Israel Netherlands Romania Serbia Spain Switzerland Turkey The tournament was played at Hala sportova, Serbia; the tournament was played at Sportmax 2, Hungary.

The tournament was played in Palau d'Esports de Granollers, Spain. The tournament was played in Piatra Neamț, Romania; the tournament was played at Palace of Culture and Sports, Bulgaria. The tournament was played at Atatürk Sport Hall, Turkey; the tournament was played at Salle Omnisport St. Léonard, Switzerland; the tournament was played at Complexe St. Symphorien, France; the tournament was played at Městská hala Vodová, Czech Republic. The tournament was played at Topsport Centre, Netherlands; the tournament was played at Ra'anana, Israel. The tournament was played at Neo Kleisto Orestiados, Greece; the final four was held at KV Arena in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic on July 5/6, 2012. Qualified teams Bulgaria Czech Republic Netherlands Serbia MVP: Aneta Havlíčková Best Scorer: Elitsa Vasileva Best Spiker: Elitsa Vasileva Best Server: Dobriana Rabadzhieva Best Blocker: Caroline Wensink Best Receiver: Helena Havelková Best Setter: Maja Ognjenović Best Libero: Julie Jasova Confédération Européenne de Volleyball – official website

Mildred Fox

Mildred Fox is a former Irish Independent politician. She was a Teachta Dála for the Wicklow constituency from 1995 to 2007, she was educated at St. Kilian's Community School in Bray and is a graduate of University College Dublin holding a BA degree. Before becoming a TD, she worked as a hotel manager, she is married with four children. During the 1997–2002 Dáil she gained some notability as she, other independent TDs, supported the government which otherwise would not have had an overall majority. Before and after this period she was little known outside Wicklow, she was a member of Wicklow County Council from 1995 to 2003, when she vacated her seat in favour of her brother, when the dual mandate ended. She was first elected to the 27th Dáil at the Wicklow by-election in June 1995 following the death of her father, sitting independent TD Johnny Fox, she was again at the 2002 general election. On both occasions, she was the last candidate to reach the quota. In 2002 she was elected by an narrow margin of 19 votes over the Labour Party candidate Nicky Kelly.

She retired at the 2007 general election. Fox wished to spend more time with her family. Since retiring from politics, Fox started an artisan food business making Ice Cream, has volunteered at a local charity shop, she sings with the country band The Whipperwills

Ernest Mullineux

Ernest Mullineux was an English footballer who played in the English Football League for Burslem Port Vale and Stoke. He helped Stoke to win two minor league titles in 1909–10 and 1910–11. A right-back, he made 333 league and FA Cup appearances in a 14-year career, he later played for Wellington Town. Mullineux started off with Burslem Park, before joining Burslem Port Vale in May 1900, he featured in one Second Division game in the 1900–01 season, went on to play all 34 league and five FA Cup matches in the 1901–02 season. He again played all 34 games in the 1902–03 campaign, claimed a goal in a 5–1 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale on 28 February, he made 40 appearances in the 1903–04 season, missing just one league game, scored in a 5–0 win over Blackpool at the Athletic Ground on 12 March. He played 13 league games in the 1904–05 season, before the club's grim financial situation meant that he was sold to Bury for a £600 fee in December 1904; the "Shakers" finished 17th in the First Division in the 1904–05 season, with Mullineux making ten appearances.

He went on to play eleven games in the 1905–06 season, as Bury finished one point above the relegation zone. He featured just once at Gigg Lane in the first half of the 1906–07 campaign. Mullineux signed for Stoke in January 1907. Mullineux became a regular in the side at a time when Stoke were having a financial meltdown which led to the club entering into liquidation in 1908; as a result, Stoke left thus many of their players left the club. However Mullineux stayed at the Victoria Ground, played for Stoke in the Birmingham & District League and the Southern League and went on to make 184 appearances for the "Potters" in all competitions. During this time, Stoke won the Southern League Division Two A in 1909–10 and the Birmingham & District League in 1910–11. After leaving Stoke in 1914, he went on to join Wellington Town. Source: StokeSouthern League Division Two A champion: 1909–10 Birmingham & District League champion: 1910–11

Helianthemum nummularium

Helianthemum nummularium is a species of rock-rose, native to most of Europe. It is an evergreen trailing plant with loose terminal clusters of bright yellow, saucer-shaped flowers. In the flower centre is a tight cluster of orange stamens, which are sensitive to the touch, spread outwards to reveal the tall stigma in the middle; the plant is common on chalk downs, occasional in other grasslands, always on dry, base-rich soil. The wild species has yellow flowers, but garden varieties range from white through yellow to deep red. Though the individual blooms are short-lived, the plant produces a mass of flowers through the summer, it needs a sunny place, like a south-facing rockery or meadow. As the Latin name Helianthemum suggests, these are sun-flowers; this is a good nectar source for bees and there are several species of small beetle that feed on the foliage. Common rock-rose is the food plant for the larvae of several species of moth and butterfly such as the silver-studded blue, it flowers from May until July.

There are eight subspecies: Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Nummularium. Widespread. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Berterianum. Italy, southeast France. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Glabrum. Central and southern Europe. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Grandiflorum. Central and southern Europe. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Obscurum. Eastern Europe. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Pyrenaicum. Pyrenees. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Semiglabrum. Italy, southeast France. Helianthemum nummularium subsp. Tomentosum. Southern Europe. Flora Europaea: Helianthemum nummularium

Blow Arnett, Blow

Blow Arnett, Blow is an album by saxophonists Arnett Cobb and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis recorded in 1959 for the Prestige label. The Allmusic review awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Arnett Cobb's debut for Prestige and his first recording as a leader in three years is an explosive affair. Cobb is matched up with fellow tough tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, there are plenty of sparks set off by their encounter". All compositions by Arnett Cobb except. "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" – 6:41 "Go Power" – 5:05 "Dutch Kitchen Bounce" – 7:00 "Go Red Go" – 5:39 "The Eely One" – 8:16 "The Fluke" – 5:30 Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis – tenor saxophone Wild Bill Davisorgan George Duvivierbass Arthur Edgehilldrums