John Farrow (1953)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This fine colourful western was originally made in 3D, which explains the odd look of certain segments, notably the marvellous title sequence where John Wayne just keeps on walking off the screen and, supposedly, into the audience. Wayne, in his prime, plays a grim, buckskin-clad cavalry scout, who comes across Oscar-nominated Geraldine Page and her son Lee Aaker - shades of Shane - in the wilderness and eventually helps them fend off some Apache Indians. There is a strange tendency for some scenes to fade into black as though not fully completed by director John Farrow, yet this is still a mature, good-looking western - almost a rehearsal for The Searchers - with an excellent screenplay by James Edward Grant. The film was long unseen as Wayne's son Michael owned the rights.


A hard-boiled cavalry scout with a feral dog as companion stumbles across a woman and her child stranded on their homestead deep inside hostile territory. Despite repeated attacks by the Apaches, they refuse to leave their home, leaving the scout with no choice but to stay and defend her. Western, starring John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond and Michael Pate.

Cast & Crew

Hondo Lane John Wayne
Angie Lowe Geraldine Page
Buffalo Ward Bond
Vittoro Michael Pate
Lennie James Arness
Silva Rodolfo Acosta
Ed Lowe Leo Gordon
Lt McKay Tom Irish
Director John Farrow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray