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Director:
Writer:
Guy Trosper (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
M.G.M. presents a Great Drama of Flaming Frontiers !
Plot:
Lance Poole, an Indian who won a Medal of Honor fighting at Gettysburg, returns to his tribal lands intent on peaceful cattle ranching... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(2 articles)
"Hondo": Quintessential John Wayne, a Quintessential Western—in 3-D
 (From MUBI. 12 June 2015, 8:00 AM, PDT)

James Mitchell obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 13 April 2010, 10:37 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Lance Poole

Louis Calhern ... Verne Coolan
Paula Raymond ... Orrie Masters

Marshall Thompson ... Rod MacDougall

James Mitchell ... Red Rock

Edgar Buchanan ... Zeke Carmody

Rhys Williams ... Scotty MacDougall

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Masters
James Millican ... Ike Stapleton
Bruce Cowling ... Lt. Grimes
Fritz Leiber ... Mr. Poole
Harry Antrim ... Dr. C.O. MacQuillan

Chief John Big Tree ... Thundercloud
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bailey ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Vivian Brown ... Mrs. Campbell (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Bertha Cody ... Mary (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Telegrapher (uncredited)
Harold A. Deane ... Surveyor (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Bob Trammell (uncredited)
Dan Foster ... Rancher (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Spud Keith (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Henry Marco ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Frank Matts ... Posse Member (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Homesteader (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Buddy Messinger ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Posse Member (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Ed's Pal (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Sky Eagle ... Lone Bear (uncredited)
Cecil Smith ... Indian (uncredited)
Titus Spencer ... Painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
Guy Trosper (written by)

Produced by
Nicholas Nayfack .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
John Alton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Leonid Vasian 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred E. Spencer .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Bob McDonald .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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84 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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After an unsuccessful May 1950 press preview, Metro shelved the film. The grim movie was superbly made, but its uncompromising, downbeat story seemed to spell box-office disaster. After the release of the more mainstream "Broken Arrow," the following fall, it did get some bottom-of-the-bill bookings in neighborhood grind houses but little business and has remained little seen.See more »
Quotes:
Lance Poole:I got a saddlebag full of dreams I made around the campfires in the war when the nights were quiet. We'll let the valley soak in the sunlight... nurse it and pet it... until Sweet Meadows is a ranch where we can live and all the kids after us.See more »
Soundtrack:
Indian LamentSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Excellent., 27 May 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

While some might balk at the idea of Robert Taylor playing an American Indian, such casting was pretty typical of this era--with folks like Rock Hudson and Paul Newman cast as Indians as well! Plus, while the casting is poor, the film does have a lot in its favor. The biggest plus is that the American Indian is portrayed VERY sympathetically here and is a film about intolerance and prejudice--and makes some excellent points to counter the prevailing "evil and stupid Indian" image many films of the day. Plus, although Taylor is an Anglo with an aquiline nose and blue eyes, the film manages to have him appear rather Indian-like--and his craggy middle-aged good looks helped--along with gobs of skin paint! I cannot speak for American Indians, but I assume most would appreciate the film's message and overlook the casting--as there simply wasn't any better sort of film about them made at the time--and very, very few since.

The film begins with Taylor returning home after several years absence serving in the Union army during the Civil War. Along the way, he developed a bit of naiveté and assumes his being a sergeant in the military and living out the White American dream that he'd be accorded respect and equal treatment at home. However, there's an ill-will brewing and instead of receiving honor for his service (which had earned him the Medal of Honor--the nation's highest military award), he will face a lot of unreasoning hate. At the heart of this is a scum-bag lawyer (imagine that!) who is bent on stirring up the Whites against the Indians--mostly so he man make himself rich in the process.

I could say more to the plot, as there is quite a bit more to the film, but I really don't want to spoil the film. Suffice to say that it is very well written--mostly because it is NOT a movie with a clear message that the settlers were all evil and the Shoshone were perfect and noble. I liked this, as both sides had a point--though the Natives clearly were having their rights cast aside in the process. The characters, as a result, were multidimensional and interesting.

Overall, if you are a bit tired of cookie-cutter westerns and are looking for something a bit different, "Devil's Doorway" is a pretty good bet.

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