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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)

User Reviews:
"No Wonder The Apaches Call Him Enverrado, It Means Bad Tempered" See more (64 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:
Cameo: [Leonard Nimoy]As an Indian on the left side (3 Indians in the frame) of the screen just prior to Wayne killing the latest chief.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hondo grabs Johnny to throw him in the water he is wearing his Indian necklace. When Hondo picks him up and throws him he no longer has it on.See more »
Quotes:
Hondo Lane:How is he?
Buffalo Baker:He'll make out. Don't know much. Led us into an ambush. But I ain't ashamed of him nohow. Bullet holes are in the front of him.
Hondo Lane:All those youngsters from the Point are like that.
Buffalo Baker:Well, they gotta learn.
Hondo Lane:Partly they learn, partly they die. But I gotta float my stick same as you, I never saw one of 'em I had to be ashamed of.
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"No Wonder The Apaches Call Him Enverrado, It Means Bad Tempered", 29 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It don't get much better for western fans than a Louis L'Amour story brought to the screen by John Wayne. I'm sure when this novel came out, the Duke saw it and said this one's for me as it was his Wayne-Fellows Production company that bought it and produced it.

John Wayne must have been some sight on the big screen when Hondo came out in 3-D as originally filmed. That entrance of him walking up to Geraldine Page's small ranch must have put his large frame practically in the laps of the theater audience.

Wayne plays Hondo Lane an army scout who is part Indian himself. His horse died and he's on foot when he arrives at Page's ranch where her husband is gone and she's left with young son Lee Aaker. There's an immediate attraction between the two of them, the sexual tension fairly crackles, Page hasn't had any male companionship for a while. A bond also forms between Lee Aaker and the Duke.

For one of John Wayne's major films, Hondo has a remarkably short running time as compared to some of the epic westerns he did for John Ford. In fact Ford was slated for this film, but dropped out and John Farrow took his place. In the less than 90 minute running time for Hondo, it deals with Page's no good husband Leo Gordon and the trouble the Apaches are giving the local settlers.

Playing the head of the Apaches, Chief Vittorio, is Australian actor Michael Pate. He plays the role with dignity and strength, much like Jeff Chandler as Cochise in Broken Arrow. Indians were now being seen as three dimensional human beings on the screen, Pate's characterization certainly helped that trend along. In contrast to Pate is Rudolfo Acosta as Silva whose hate for the white man crackles on the strength. His hand to hand duel with Wayne is one of the high points of all John Wayne westerns.

Michael Pate was the only one from the original cast who made it to the short lived Hondo television series. Hondo remains the only one of two John Wayne films that got made into a television series, the other being The Cowboys. Wayne's Batjac productions did the Hondo television series with Ralph Taeger as Hondo Lane. It lasted for two seasons but got canceled when TV went through one of its periodic anti-violence kicks.

The cast included a whole bunch of John Wayne regulars like Ward Bond, James Arness, Paul Fix in addition to others mentioned. No wonder Geraldine Page fresh from the Actor's Studio in New York felt an outsider in this bunch. Reportedly she didn't get along with Wayne on the set. But I'm sure her antagonism must have softened when in her motion picture debut she got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Hondo is one of John Wayne's classic roles it should not be missed by any who call themselves fans of the Eternal Duke.

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