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
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
Out of the gunsmoke into her heart!
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was originally to be only the producer for his Batjac company, and wanted Glenn Ford
for the title role. But Ford had such an unpleasant working experience with director John Farrow
on their previous collaboration, Plunder of the Sun
(1953), that he turned down the offer. Wayne then took on the role himself. See more
When Hondo first beds down in the cabin, his pallet is on the floor, with the table between it and the door. After his ensuing conversation with Mrs. Lowe he once more lies down on his pallet, only now it's where the front door used to be. See more
Anyway, I don't believe a dog can smell Indians. I mean, as different from anyone else. You and me, for instance.
Well they can. As a matter of fact, Indians can smell white people.
I don't believe it.
Well it's true. I'm part Indian and I can smell you when I'm downwind of you.
No, it isn't impossible, Mrs. Lowe. You baked today. I can smell fresh bread on you. Sometime today, you cooked with salt pork. Smell that on you, too. You smell all over like soap: you took a bath. ...