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The film's working titles were Trails Westward and The Sabre and the Arrow. Although the film depicts the final surrender of the Comanches as a violent affair occurring in 1876, the actual surrender was peaceful and took place on June 2, 1875. The last of the Comanches, led by Quanah Parker, came into Fort Sill in Oklahoma under a flag of truce and thereafter lived on the reservation. According to contemporary sources, the film was shot on location near Yuma, AZ. Modern sources state that Last of the Comanches was loosely based on the 1943 Columbia film Sahara, a World War II drama directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Humphrey Bogart, but that film credits different writers. Lloyd Bridges, who plays "Jim Starbuck" in Last of the Comanches, also appeared in Sahara (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).