Synopsis: This is typical Wayne, but that's what makes Hondo a movie well worth watching. Good writing and fine acting, again proving how so under rated Wayne was his entire career. Take the time and watch Hondo, it most definitely will be time we'll spent. As for prejudicial moments, remember, this was 1953 and that's just as it was. Wayne is Wayne, and the Apaches were the white man's idea of Apaches. God bless good ole Sam!
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): John Farrow
Production: Batjac Productions Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

Hey, Mama. Mom! Look at that.

Look, Mommy, look.


Now you let Mommy do the talking.


Yes, Mom.

But he has no horse.

No talking.

Good morning.

- You look like you've had trouble.

- Yep.

l lost my horse a few days ago

getting away from some Indians.


We made dry camp last night

above the llano.

Sam here smelt more Apaches,

nuzzled me up.

So l thought l'd put some miles

between us.

But why?

We're at peace with the Apache.

- We have a treaty.

- Yes, ma'am.

Now l got to get me a new horse,

borrow or buy one.

l can pay you in United States script.

I'm riding a dispatch for General Crook.

- My name's Lane.

- Im Mrs. Lowe.

Im Johnny.

- The water sure looks inviting.

- Well, help yourself.

Watch out for that dog, son.

Could you hire me or sell me a horse,

Mrs. Lowe?

Of course. I've only got plow horses,

and two that are only half-broken.

The hand that was breaking them

for me got hurt and had to go to town.

- You mean you're staying here alone?

- Oh, no.

No, my husband is up in the hills,

- working some cattle.

- Oh.

He would pick today to be away,

when we have a visitor.

l'd enjoy meeting him, ma'am.

l wouldn't touch that dog, son.

He don't take to petting.

And now if you'll allow, ma'am,

I'll take a look at those horses.

Of course.

You'll find a saddle over by the barn.

In the meantime, Ill fix you something

to eat. L imagine you're hungry.

l could eat. Thank you.

Im so sorry my husband had to pick

today to go hunting those lost calves.

He would have enjoyed

having a man to talk to.

We welcome visitors.

Must be right lonely around here.

Especially for a woman.

l don't mind. L was raised here.

- What can l feed your dog?

- Nothing, thanks.

He makes out by himself.

Can outrun any rabbit in the territory.

It's no trouble at all.

lf you don't mind, ma'am,

l'd rather you didn't feed him.

l see. You don't want him to get in the

habit of taking food from anyone else.

Well, you can hand it to him.

No, ma'am, l don't feed him, either.

Sam's independent.

He doesn't need anybody.

l want him to stay that way.

Its a good way.

- Everyone needs someone.

- Yes, ma'am. Most everyone.

Too bad, isn't it?

- You're a good cook, ma'am.

- Thank you.

A woman should be a good cook.

Good cook myself.

Why didn't you get on him

when he was stuck?

'Cause l didn't want him sitting on me

from a standing start.

Stay with him.

You chose the most savage one.

l won't give you an argument there.

He's always been a fighter.

l wouldn't give a plugged nickel

for a horse that wouldn't fight.

It lets you down

when the going gets tough.

Its a little dull.

Well, l can do almost everything

around a ranch, but l never could

put an edge on an ax.

Where is it?

- What?

- The grindstone.

This ranch looks like it's been here

a little while.

Yes, l was born here.

My husband was raised here, too.

He's an orphan. His parents got killed

in a wagon-train massacre,

so my father took him in.

- Handy.

- What do you mean?

Well, it seems the figures are against it.

Only young fellow

in 1,000 square miles,

only young girl in 1,000 square miles.

They get in a whirl over each other.

That's what l meant. Handy.

l guess it was quite a coincidence.

But they say that the right two people

are going to meet

by an arrangement of destiny.

You believe that, Mrs. Lowe?

- Yes, l do.

- lnteresting.

Always sink a blade into a log, son.

Keeps the edge clean.

Well, l guess l'd better quit stalling

and get back to that horse.

And can l play with Sam now?

Ive told you twice not to.

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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