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Hondo -- John Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a cavalry rider who becomes the designated protector of the strong-willed Angie Lowe (GERALDINE PAGE) as well as a father figure to her boy, Johnny (LEE AAKER). Angie, determinedly awaiting the return of her brutish husband (LEO GORDON), refuses to leave their homestead despite the growing danger from nearby warring Native American tribes.

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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 »
User Reviews:
This film is the most faithful to the book of any I have ever seen. See more (68 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:
Argentina:Atp | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Apaches all ride bareback with just a blanket on the horse. The Chief, Vittorio, has stirrups, and what looks like a sparse saddle, under his blanket.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sound of sharpening continues after Hondo has lifted the ax from the grind stone.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Men in Black 3 (2012)See more »

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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
This film is the most faithful to the book of any I have ever seen., 27 September 2003
Author: gsmith404 (gsmith404@cox.net) from Lubbock, TX

This film was the most faithful, to the book, of any I have ever seen. It is based on one of Louis L'amour's early western novels, and the first to be made into a film. Aside from Vittorio wearing war paint all the time, the only part which was not really faithful to the book was the final battle where the stereotypical Hollywood Indian battle was substituted for the manner in which Apaches actually fought.

Louis L'amour was the most successful western novelist in history, having sold more than a quarter of a billion books before his death in 1988. Reading the book, Hondo, I often suspected it had been written with John Wayne in mind as Hondo Lane. I cannot picture Glenn Ford as Hondo, as was originally planed.

Much of the dialog was taken directly from the book although much was omitted, and every significant character made it from the book to the film. The only significant negatives were: 1) the fact that the story was condensed into 83 minutes instead of the 100 to 120 minutes, which would have permitted development of some of the minor characters; and 2) the apparent absence of a competent director. Think how much better it might have been if John Ford had directed it. Actually, both my complaints probably boil down to the same thing.

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