DIRECTED BY JOHN FARROW
PRODUCED BY JOHN WAYNE/ ROBERT FELLOWS
A WAYNE-FELLOWS PRODUCTION
Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
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.
Summary written by Jim Beaver
John Wayne .... Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page .... Angie Lowe
Ward Bond .... Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout
Michael Pate .... Vittorio, Chiricahua Apache Chief
James Arness .... Lennie, Army Indian Scout
Rodolfo Acosta .... Silva
Leo Gordon .... Ed Lowe
Tom Irish .... Lieutenant McKay
Lee Aaker .... Johnny 'Small Warrior' Lowe
Paul Fix .... Major Sherry
Rayford Barnes .... Pete
Frank McGrath .... Lowe's partner (uncredited)
Morry Ogden .... Horse Rider-Opening Scene (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... Otawanga/Cavalry sergeant killed in Indian attack
Sam ... Hondo's dog (uncredited)
Louis L'Amour (story The Gift of Cochise)
James Edward Grant screenplay
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Andrew V. McLaglen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Barrager .... assistant director (as Nate R. Barragar)
John Ford .... second unit director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
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)
Originally filmed in 3-D.
Katharine Hepburn was originally sought for the role of Mrs. Lowe, but turned it down due to her outrage at John Wayne's activities as President of the far-right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which endorsed, among other things, the blacklisting of "Commies, pinkos and fellow travelers" in the motion picture business. Ironically, more than 20 years later Hepburn did act with Wayne in Rooster Cogburn ... and the Lady (1975).
Geraldine Page, a left wing liberal actress from Broadway, was horrified by the right-wing views of John Wayne, Ward Bond, James Arness and John Farrow.
According to TCM, John Wayne won the well-trained dog Sam from his owner/trainer in a poker game after the movie wrapped.
John Wayne 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.
In the "Married with Children" (1987) episode "Assault and Batteries," Al Bundy says that Hondo is his favorite movie of all time, and he spends the entire episode trying to watch it in peace.
John Wayne attributed the film's moderate performance at the box office to its similarity with Shane (1953).
Film debut of Geraldine Page.
Pal, the dog that played Sam, was the son of Lassie. In the movie, he is supposed to be vicious and ill-tempered, but the temperatures during filming were so hot, he simply panted instead of snarling when on camera. In order to overcome this, he was kept in a special air-conditioned crate while on set and was only brought out for his shots.
Katharine Hepburn was originally planned to have been cast as the female lead, with the idea being that her part and Wayne's would be roughly equal. However, the female lead role grew less prominent as the script was developed, until it was clearly subservient to Wayne's. Therefore, producer Bob Fellows sent a letter to Hepburn's agent expressing his belief that such a role was beneath a star of Hepburn's stature, and explaining that rather than embarrass her by offering her a part she would be forced to turn down, he decided not to offer it to her at all. The role went to Broadway actress Geraldine Page, instead, while Hepburn and Wayne finally teamed more than twenty years later in Rooster Cogburn.
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!"
* Crew or equipment visible: When Hondo runs up a small rise to jump on a horse, the white shirt of the person holding the horse can be seen briefly at the left.
* Miscellaneous: The brim on Hondo's hat changes how it is bent, up or down, from one shot to the next.
* Continuity: The Apaches throw Hondo down in the mud when they return him to Mrs. Lowe's ranch. Mrs. Lowe takes Hondo inside and seats him in a chair. The back of the chair is already wet and mud-stained before Hondo sits down in it.
* Boom mic visible: When Hondo first encounters Ed Lowe, the shadow of a boom mic is visible in the tent.
* Continuity: In the final battle scene at the end of the movie, the wagon being driven by Buffalo Baker has one of its lead horses go down. John Wayne cuts the animal loose and the wagon takes off with three horses pulling it. In the final scene of the movie, after the battle has concluded, the wagon rides off with a full compliment of four horses.
* Audio/visual unsynchronized: The sound of sharpening continues after Hondo has lifted the ax from the grind stone.
* Continuity: (At 25:00) When the Apache first appear (when Mrs. Lowe meets Vittorio for the first time), Johnny comes out to defend his mother. Silva goes to confront the boy and Johnny first tries to shoot Silva and then troughs the pistol at him. The pistol lands to the right on the ground by the pole (porch post), but then after a short scuffle, when Vittorio tells Silva to bring the boy, the pistol is laying on the porch next to where Johnny was.
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