Hondo Coming to DVD

Short-lived western Hondo is coming to DVD. Warner Archive hasn’t officially made the announcement, so details may change. Right now, the release date is June 13th. This will be a manufacture on demand set.

The series ran for 17 episodes on ABC during the 1967-1968 season. Based on the 1953 John Wayne film of the same name, the TV series starred Ralph Taeger as Hondo Lane. The former Confederate soldier operates out of Fort Lowell in Arizona Territory. Along with with his dog, Sam, he hopes to prevent violence between the United States Army and Indians.

Gary Clarke played Captain Richard, in charge of Fort Lowell, who offers Hondo a job as a scout. Noah Beery, Jr., played Buffalo Baker, Hondo’s friend and fellow scout. Kathie Brown played Angie Dow, who runs a general store at Fort Lowell. Buddy Foster played Johnny, Angie’s young son. Michael Pate had a recurring role as Apache Chief Vittoro, Hondo’s former father-in-law. Pate also played Vittoro in the 1953 film.

Among the guest stars were Robert Reed, Denver Pyle, Claude Atkins, Nick Adams, Forest Tucker, and Michael Rennie.

Hondo currently airs on diginet getTV. Warner Archive Instant streamed the series from 2015 to 2016.

(via TVShowsOnDVD.com)

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4 Replies to “Hondo Coming to DVD”

  1. excellent series that finally got its due in reruns on TNT (for a decade!) and now getTV. Warner Archive streamed it back in 2013 as well and will likely stream it again in the future,

    1. Several minutes, including entire scenes, were cut from each episode streamed on the Warner Archive. The MOD DVD box set info says the 17-episode total running time is 834 minutes, or 49 minutes per episode. This is probably a few minutes short of the length of each initial broadcast. Is there any way to find out if these are cut. We’re not interested in getting it if it’s the same as on the Warner Archive.

      1. I believe these DVD’s must be complete. I am watching “Hondo and the Gladiators” and I see minutes restored that were missing from Warner Instant’s presentation (also missing from getTV’s: i.e. the discussion between Akins and Farr regarding Sam’s water that opened Act Two and the subsequent discussion about whether Lane could be trusted between the Captain and the envoy).

        I believe based on this sample episode that these are fully restored episodes.

  2. After watching several more, I can confirm that the HONDO episodes on the Complete Series DVD are fully restored to original network length.

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