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Hondo is so "perfect" a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford--or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, The Sea Chase [55]). In Hondo, John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker, star of TV's Rin Tin Tin). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado Leo Gordon--who happens to be Page's long-absent husband. Having killed Gordon, Hondo returns to the ranch to protect Page from the Indians, and to rekindle the woman's hesitant love for him. The climactic attack sequence is enhanced by Hondo's 3-D photography, one of the few truly effective utilizations of this much-maligned process. Long unavailable thanks to the labyrinthine legal tangles of the John Wayne estate, Hondo was finally released to videotape in the early 1990s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 27, 1953

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Geraldine Page Best Supporting Actress 1953 Nominee

Cast

John Wayne
as Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page
as Angie Lowe
Ward Bond
as Buffalo
Michael Pate
as Vittorio
James Arness
as Lennie
Leo Gordon
as Ed Lowe
Tom Irish
as Lieutenant McKay
Lee Aaker
as Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix
as Major Sherry
Rayford Barnes
as Pete
Lassie the Dog

Crew

John Farrow
Director
John Wayne
Producer
James Edward Grant
Screenwriter
Archie J. Stout
Cinematographer
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Composer (Music Score)
Emil Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Ralph Dawson
Editor
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