HONDO (Theatrical Release USA 1953)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Hondo does that thing that westerns always have done…it appeals to the most basic of human instincts and works its mystique to involve audiences from around the world. John Wayne epitomizes the style and, if for no other reason, makes this movie a very good watch for the western movie fan. The name Hondo captures the imagination and the plain, simple, and overdone storyline just seems to vanish as the audience identifies with the characters while hoping there will be a happy ending, but not completely sure there will be one. You expect a Blockbuster and you don’t get it…it’s a B-grade movie, but somehow one doesn’t care and walks away satisfied that everything turned out just exactly as it should have. It’s a pleasure to revisit Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, and James Arness in this reasonably good western. Watch for a cameo appearance of Leonard Nimoy as a horseback-riding native. Good work for late Director John Farrow.

Storyline

A drifter finds love and romance on an isolated ranch.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Farrow for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Robert Fellows and John Wayne for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Hondo Lane (John Wayne), Angie Lowe (Geraldine Page), Buffalo Baker (Ward Bond), Vittorio (Michael Pate), Lennie (James Arness), Silva (Rodolfo Acosta), Ed Lowe (Leo Gordon), Lieutenant McKay (Tom Irish), Johnny Lowe (Lee Aaker), Major Sherry (Paul Fix), and Pete (Rayford Barnes).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Typical John Wayne western that is what it is and will completely satisfy the John Wayne western movie fan.

Ben Meyers

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