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Hondo and the Apaches (1967)

Two episodes from the TV series "Hondo" edited together and released as a feature.

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Hondo Lane (archive footage)
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Angie Dow (archive footage)
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Tribolet (archive footage)
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Buffalo Baker (archive footage) (as Noah Beery)
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Capt. Richards (archive footage)
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Sean Gallagher (archive footage)
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General Philip Sheridan (archive footage)
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Ed Dow (archive footage)
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Johnny Dow (archive footage)
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Vittoro (archive footage)
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Silva (archive footage)
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Krantz (archive footage)
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Reese (as Steve Marlo)
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Lieutenant (archive footage)
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Colonel George Crook (archive footage) (as Bill Bryant)
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Renegade Apaches capture frontier scout Hondo Lane who's trying to keep the peace between the soldiers at Arizona's Ft. Lowell and the local Indian chief, Vittorio. "Your dying will be slow and hard," the renegades tell Hondo, just before staking him out and preparing to pour hot coals on his bare chest. Vittorio arrives in time to save Hondo but troubles remain at the fort. Hondo's forced to kill the husband of store-owner Angie Dow, whose little boy adores him, and he must help protect a local mine owned by a man named Gallagher. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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18 March 1968 (Portugal)  »

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Silva: Your dying will be slow and hard.
[looks at Hondo's dog, Sam]
Silva: Today two white dogs will die.
Hondo Lane: Beat it, Sam!
Silva: [after the dog runs off] Then you will die two times as slow.
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A Gift of Cochise.
7 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hondo and the Apaches is directed by Lee H. Katzin and adapted to screenplay by Andrew J. Fenady, which is based from a work by James Edward Grant, from a story titled A Gift of Cochise written by Louis L'Amour. It stars Ralph Taeger, Noah Beery Jr., Robert Taylor, John Smith, Kathie Brown and Michael Pate. Music is by Richard Markowitz and cinematography by Lester Shorr.

Not released theatrically in America, this is two episodes of the TV show "Hondo" spliced together for a release in Europe. Derived from the John Wayne character that headed up Hondo (1953), the plot pitches Hondo (Taeger) as a frontier scout who has a justifiable affinity with the Native Americans. He is sent to broker peace with the Apaches, but a renegade band want no part of it and Hondo must do all he can to avert a war.

It actually is better than it had right to be, because it's nicely performed, has pleasant scenery, and the characters in the main are not just throw away types. Throw in some decent action, a grumpy canine partner for Hondo and a musical score lifting from Bernstein's Magnificent Seven classic, and yer good to go. Taeger is appealing, the character fun (he punches a lot of people out/the rapport with the dog), whilst Taylor is on hand to add a bit of reassuring quality.

It is what it is really, a safe enough production for Western fans to enjoy while it's on. 6/10


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