Hondo (TV series)

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Hondo
Ralph Taeger Hondo 1967.JPG
Taeger as Hondo Lane.
Genre Western
Developed by Andrew J. Fenady
Written by Frank Chase
Andrew J. Fenady
James Edward Grant
Louis L'Amour
Directed by Michael Caffey
Alan Crosland, Jr.
Harry Harris
Lee H. Katzin
Michael D. Moore
Arthur H. Nadel
Eddie Saeta
William Witney
Starring Ralph Taeger
Noah Beery, Jr.
Gary Clarke
Kathie Browne
Buddy Foster
Michael Pate
Composer(s) Richard Markowitz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Production
Producer(s) Andrew J. Fenady
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Batjac Productions
Fenady Associates
MGM Television
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 8 – December 29, 1967

Hondo is an American Western drama series starring Ralph Taeger and Noah Beery, Jr. that aired on ABC from September 8 until December 29, 1967 during the 1967 fall season. The series was produced by Batjac Productions, Inc., Fenady Associates, Inc., and MGM Television.

Overview[edit]

Taeger as Hondo
Taeger in Hondo

Hondo is based on the 1953 3D film of the same name starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page, which was in turn an offshoot of an early Louis L'Amour novel. It concerns Hondo Lane, a former Confederate cavalry officer who had moved west following the Civil War and taken an Indian bride, only to see her killed as part of a massacre of Indians conducted by United States Army troops. Now Hondo and his dog, Sam, travel alone and seek to prevent further trouble between the Army and the remaining Indians. They also fight to counter land grabbers and other outlaws.

Hondo's frequent sidekick, Buffalo Baker, is portrayed by Noah Beery, Jr., the nephew of Wallace Beery and son of Noah Beery, who later played "Rocky" in The Rockford Files with James Garner.

The little boy, Johnny Dow, is played by Buddy Foster, older brother of Jodie Foster.

While the Wayne film had been fairly successful, this series, airing against the hit sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. on CBS and Star Trek on NBC, was soon canceled, with the last broadcast occurring on December 29, 1967.

The rule of thumb for syndication is at least 100 episodes, but Hondo, with only seventeen segments, became popular after it left the air and became the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal[citation needed]. It is presently being broadcast on GetTV.

The first two episodes were edited together to form the feature film Hondo and the Apaches, which was released theatrically outside of North America.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Ralph Taeger Hondo Lane
Noah Beery, Jr. Buffalo Baker
Gary Clarke Captain Richards
Kathie Browne Angie Dow
Buddy Foster Johnny Dow
Michael Pate Chief Vittoro
William Bryant Colonel Crook
John Smith Ed Dow (three episodes)
Randy Boone Sean (two episodes)

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Hondo and the Eagle Claw"TBATBASeptember 8, 1967 (1967-09-08)
Hondo searches for an Apache chief in order to invite him to a peace parley.
2"Hondo and the War Cry"TBATBASeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)
Richards leads his troops against Vittoro, who has agreed to peace talks with Crook.
3"Hondo and the Singing Wire"TBATBASeptember 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)
Hondo becomes embroiled in a feud between the Apaches and the boss of a company putting up telegraph wires.
4"Hondo and the Superstition Massacre"Lee H. KatzinAndrew J. FenadySeptember 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)
5"Hondo and the Savage"TBATBAOctober 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)
6"Hondo and the Apache Kid"TBATBAOctober 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)
7"Hondo and the War Hawks"TBATBAOctober 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)
A new colonel (John Carroll) wants to retrieve hunting weapons given to Vittoro's people.
8"Hondo and the Mad Dog"TBATBAOctober 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)
A killer tries to prove witness Sam has rabies; with James MacArthur, Royal Dano.
9"Hondo and the Judas"Lee H. KatzinTeleplay by: Frank Chase
Story by: Andrew J. Fenady
November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)
William Quantrill (Forrest Tucker) reconvenes his Raiders and asks Hondo to join; with Rick Nelson, John Agar, John Carradine.
10"Hondo and the Comancheros"TBATBANovember 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)
11"Hondo and the Sudden Town"TBATBANovember 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)
12"Hondo and the Ghost of Ed Dow"TBATBANovember 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)
13"Hondo and the Death Drive"TBATBADecember 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)
14"Hondo and the Hanging Town"TBATBADecember 8, 1967 (1967-12-08)
15"Hondo and the Gladiators"TBATBADecember 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)
16"Hondo and the Apache Trail"TBATBADecember 22, 1967 (1967-12-22)
17"Hondo and the Rebel Hat"TBATBADecember 29, 1967 (1967-12-29)

DVD release[edit]

On June 13, 2017, Warner Bros. released the entire series on DVD via their Warner Archive burn-on-demand service.[1]

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