Country: USA
Year: 1953
Duration: 83'

Arizona, 1870. Hondo Lane, a US Army dispatch rider, shows up at the farm of Angie Lowe, a woman who lives alone with her son Johnny while she waits for her husband's return. Hondo tries to convince the woman to leave the Apache territory but she refuses and, despite her attraction for the soldier, she gives him a horse and lets him leave. Hondo finds Angie's husband, a good-for-nothing who has become the leader of a band of outlaws. Angie receives a visit from the Indian chief Vittoro, who becomes fond of young Johnny after seeing how he tried to protect his mother during the Indian attack. It will be up to Hondo, who was first assaulted by Angie's husband and later kidnapped by the Apaches, to save the woman and her son.


film director

John Farrow

screenwriter who became an American citizen. He was a skilled Hollywood craftsman, able to pass from noir thrillers to love stories, from war movies to westerns. The high point of his career was in the 1950s, when he directed John Wayne in two famous movies, Hondo (1953) and The Sea Chase (1955), and won an Oscar for the screenplay (which he co-wrote with James Poe and Sidney Joseph Perelman) of Around the World in 80 Days (1956) by Michael Anderson.


& Credits

DIRECTOR: John Farrow. STORY: Louis L’Amour. SCREENPLAY: James Edward Grant. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Burks, Archie Stout. EDITING: Ralph Dawson. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alfred Ybarra. MUSIC: Hugo Friedhofer. CAST: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Lee Aaker, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Tom Irish, Leo Gordon. PRODUCTION: Wayne-Fellows Productions, Batjac Productions, Warner Bros.