Hondo Lane, a despatch rider for the cavalry, encounters Angie Lowe, a woman living alone with her young son in the midst of hostile Apache territory. She presumes she is safe because the Apaches, under their chief Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Lane has a run-in with Angie's reprobate husband and is forced to kill him, not knowing who he is. Vittorio captures Lane and to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that Lane is her husband, unaware that Lane has killed her real husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apache, Lane reluctantly goes along with the lie, though he knows the truth must eventually come out, to Vittorio and to Angie, both. Written by
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was originally planned to have been cast as the female lead, with the idea being that her part and John Wayne
's would be roughly equal. However, the female lead role grew less prominent as the script was developed, until it was clearly subservient to Wayne's. Therefore, producer Robert Fellows
sent a letter to Hepburn's agent expressing his belief that such a role was beneath a star of Hepburn's stature, and explaining that rather than embarrass her by offering her a part she would be forced to turn down, he decided not to offer it to her at all. The role went to Broadway actress Geraldine Page
, instead, while Hepburn and Wayne finally teamed more than twenty years later in Rooster Cogburn
(1975). See more
Near beginning of film when Hondo is riding the bucking horse at the Lowe ranch the animal seems to change from Chestnut to Bay and then back again. See more
A man oughta do what he thinks is right.
Dan Rowan as one of the soldiers underneath a wagon shot during the final attack. See more
Referenced in Rio Lobo