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Director:
Writers:
James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Louis L'Amour (story)
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Release Date:
5 April 1954 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...They called him 'HONDO' See more »
Plot:
Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
NewsDesk:
(21 articles)
Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
 (From Variety - TV News. 3 September 2014, 10:33 AM, PDT)

Western Director Andrew V. McLaglen Dies at 94
 (From Variety - Film News. 3 September 2014, 10:33 AM, PDT)

Lone Star Cinema: The Trip to Bountiful
 (From Slackerwood. 13 May 2014, 12:00 PM, PDT)

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John Wayne as cavalry scout and protecting a defenseless widow and her son against Apaches See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Hondo Lane

Geraldine Page ... Angie Lowe

Ward Bond ... Buffalo Baker

Michael Pate ... Vittorio - Chiricahua Apache Chief

James Arness ... Lennie - Army Indian Scout
Rodolfo Acosta ... Silva
Leo Gordon ... Ed Lowe
Tom Irish ... Lt. McKay

Lee Aaker ... Johnny Lowe

Paul Fix ... Maj. Sherry
Rayford Barnes ... Pete - Card Player in Saloon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank McGrath ... Lowe's Partner (uncredited)
Morry Ogden ... Horse Rider - Opening Scene (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Otawanga / Cavalry Sergeant Killed in Indian Attack (uncredited)
Sam ... Hondo's dog (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Louis L'Amour (story)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Emil Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (photography)
Archie Stout (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra 
 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Andrew V. McLaglen .... unit production manager (as Andrew McLaglen)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (as Nate Barragar)
John Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... propertyman (as Joseph La Bella)
 
Sound Department
Nicolás de la Rosa .... sound dialogue recording
Nicolás de la Rosa .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Gonzales .... special effects (as Al Gonzalez)
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Fred Kennedy .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Krone .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Christie .... stills
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Walker .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor (as Major Philip Kieffer)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Rudd Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for western violence
Runtime:
83 min
Country:
Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1954) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #16575) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
After viewing the finished film at a private screening, John Wayne jokingly said, "I'll be damned if I'm not the stuff men are made of!"See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Hondo first encounters Ed Lowe, the shadow of a boom mic is visible in the tent.See more »
Quotes:
Angie Lowe:Anyway, I don't believe a dog can smell Indians. I mean, as different from anyone else. You and me, for instance.
Hondo Lane:Well they can. As a matter of fact, Indians can smell white people.
Angie Lowe:I don't believe it.
Hondo Lane:Well it's true. I'm part Indian and I can smell you when I'm downwind of you.
Angie Lowe:That's impossible.
Hondo Lane: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. And, on top of that, you smell all over like a woman. I could find you in the dark, Mrs. Lowe, and I'm only part Indian.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
John Wayne as cavalry scout and protecting a defenseless widow and her son against Apaches, 13 August 2011
Author: ma-cortes

This exciting Western was released in three dimensional (3-D with some gimmickry) in the 50's, a highly topical exhibition mean , nowadays being successfully going back and including polarized glasses. It was the time when introduced Cinemascope and 3-D to compete with TV and attract people to movie theaters . It deals with Hondo Lane (John Wayne) , a scout for the US cavalry, he meets Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page)and falls in love with her , in this typical and entertaining western of the the 50's . The drumbeats of the Apaches sound a grim warning to a woman living in an isolated farm with her son . Hondo Lane becomes stubborn guard Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page in her first movie character) alarmed about the pending Indian uprising and then he turns into a figure father to her son named Johnny. The homesteader Angie, decided to await the return of his gruff husband, refuses to leave his property in spite of the imminent danger from a nearby Indian tribes. The woman living in the wilderness presumes she is safe because the Apaches (led by Michael Pate and Rodolfo Acosta) , under their leader Vittorio, have always left them alone. Later Lane has a run-in with Angie's reprobate husband (Leo Gordon) and is forced to murder in self-defense, not knowing who he is. Vittorio (Michael Pate) captures Lane and to save his life, Angie tells the Apache chief that Lane is her husband, unaware that Lane has murdered her real husband. In order to protect her from a forced marriage with one of the Apache, Lane reluctantly goes along with the lie and both of them fend off the violent Indians .

This classic western contains thrills , action , fights , brawls , impressive battles and spectacular scenarios . Wayne interpretation is the major plus , he's frankly sensational and awesome. This picture, being filmed in 3-D scenery and that it more attractive and impressive look for the legendary John Wayne whom was a novelty the shooting in this system. Interesting screenplay by James Edward Grant , Western's usual writer , though results to be a variation on ¨Shane¨. The film is a well-made Western with a fine result, a colorful photograph and an enjoyable love story . Furthermore , it shows a human view of the Indians and their relations to the American west settlers. This apparently unknown western was nominated for two Academy Awards, a nomination prize for the magnificent acting by Geraldine Page (her first nomination in her long career), and another for Louis L'Amour, well-known writer of novels set on the wild west. Glamorous and glimmer cinematography in superb Technicolor by Robert Burks (Hitchcock's ordinary) and Archie Stout . Lively and sensible musical score by Hugo Friedhofer . The motion picture is compellingly directed by John Farrow (Big clock , Wake Island , Copper cannon ,Captain Jones , among others) . The film was restored by the John Wayne Society for re-release in 1995 and todays is considered as the Duke at his best . Followed by a short-lived TV series . Rating : Above average .Worthwhile watching and a John Wayne's favourite .

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