Hondo

Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1953. Final script for the 1953 film. Based on the short story "the Gift of Cochise" by Louis L'Amour, published in Collier's Magazine on July 5, 1952. Copy belonging to actor Tom Irish, with his name to the front wrapper and his holograph notations throughout.

Though easily one of John Wayne's best performances, "Hondo" was virtually unviewable until the early 1990s due to a conflict within the Wayne estate. Geraldine Page, in her film debut, received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the Wayne's love interest, and the film was nominated for a second Academy Award for L'Amour's writing as well.

Shot in the briefly-popular stereoscopic 3D technique that was invented in late 1952, in which two cameras are placed slightly apart from each other for filming and two projectors are used to screen the film while the audience wears 3D glasses. As opposed to widely-used gimmicks like objects coming at the camera, director John Farrow wished to use the format to more evocatively portray the depth of the Mexican desert.


Set at a remote ranch in the Arizona Territory, shot on location in Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.

Orange titled wrappers. Title page present, dated March 12, 1953, with credits for screenwriter James Edward Grant, and author Louis L'Amour. 104 leaves, with last page of text numbered 100. Mechanically reproduced. Pages Very Good plus, wrapper Very Good plus bound internally with three gold brads.


[Book #140218]

Price: $875.00