Blogger Note: As I understand, the film Hondo was adapted from the short story The Gift of Cochise and then Louis L'Amour wrote the novelization of the film into the novel Hondo. The Gift of Cochise is included in The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories, so I have included both books in this Friday's Film Adaptation. The excerpt included is from the novelization, Hondo.
The Gift of Cochise in The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories
With more than 120 titles still in print, Louis L'Amour is recognized the world over as one of the most prolific and popular American authors in history. Though he met with phenomenal success in every genre he tried, the form that put him on the map was the short story. Now this great writer--Wall Street Journal recently compared with Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson--will receive his due as a great storyteller. This volume kicks off a series that will, when complete, anthologize all of L'Amour's short fiction, volume by handsome volume.
Here, in Volume One, is a treasure-trove of 35 frontier tales for his millions of fans and for those who have yet to discover L'Amour's thrilling prose--and his vital role in capturing the spirit of the Old West for generations to come.
This collection includes:
The Gift of Cochise • That Man from The Bitter Sands • Desperate Men • Dutchman's Flatt • From the Listening Hills • Trap of Gold • Riches Beyond Dream • The Lonesome Gods • The Skull and the Arrow • End of the Drive • Caprock Rancher • Dead End Drift • One Night Stand • Marshal of Canyon Gap • A Husband for Janey • Elisha Comes to Red Horse • The Courting of Griselda • Booty for a Badman • The Defense of Sentinel • The One for the Mohave Kid • A Mule for Santa Fe • War Party • Ironwood Station • Alkali Basin • Stage to Willowspring • Let the Cards Decide • Duffy's Man • The Strong Shall Live • To Make A Stand • Get Out of Town • One for the Pot • Beyond the Chaparral • Home is the Hunter • Rustler Roundup • The Moon of the Trees Broken by Snow
He was etched by the desert’s howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the ways of the Apache and the ways of staying alive. She was a woman alone raising a young son on a remote Arizona ranch. And between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, the gunman, and the Apache warrior are caught in a drama of love, war, and honor.
An Army man takes a widow and her son under his wing in Apache territory.
Release Date: November 27, 1953
Release Time: 84 minutes
John Wayne as Hondo Lane
Geraldine Page as Angie Lowe
Ward Bond as Buffalo Baker
Michael Pate as Vittorio
James Arness as Lennie
Rodolfo Acosta as Silva
Leo Gordon as Ed Lowe
Tom Irish as Lieutenant McKay
Lee Aaker as Johnny Lowe
Paul Fix as Major Sherry
Rayford Barnes as Pete
Frank McGrath as Lowe's Partner
Morry Ogden as Horse Rider – Opening Scene
Chuck Roberson as Kloori – Apache warrior
1953 Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress - Geraldine Page - Nominated
"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."
It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.
Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.
Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.
Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.
The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.
Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.
The Collected Short Stories Volume 1: Frontier Stories