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Theme music composer  Richard Markowitz
No. of episodes  17
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
No. of seasons  1
First episode date  8 September 1967
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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
Network  American Broadcasting Company
Written by  Andrew Fenady, James Edward Grant, Louis L'Amour
Cast  Ralph Taeger, Kathie Browne, Noah Beery Jr, Michael Pate, Gary Clarke

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Hondo is a 17-episode Western television series starring Ralph Taeger and Noah Beery, Jr. that aired in the United States on ABC during the 1967 fall season. The series was produced by Batjac Productions, Inc., Fenady Associates, Inc., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television.

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Overview

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.

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

References

Hondo (TV series) Wikipedia


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