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 Posted:   Sep 10, 2008 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   nathan brittles   (Member)

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

With such interest in Boy on a Dolphin on the Intrada site I thought it might be prudent to enquire about another Friedhofer jem.
This time it's Hondo a rather excellent western film benefiting from a strong joint score effort from Hugo Friedhofer and Lionel Newman.
The soft, wistful, love score by Lionel Newman would become the theme for TV/s LARAMIE.
Friedhofer offered us one of his best main titles for the famous scene of Wayne walking into close-up out of the desert and action set pieces for the cavalry, Apaches and final climatic battle.

Is this tied up in a Wayne / Batjac complication...??
I love the small music excerpts on the Hondo figurine from Franklin Mint..

Anyway.
You have my apologies
Nathan

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2008 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   crogrr   (Member)

This could be difficult - 1953 and we hear that the Wayne Estate/BATJAC is notoriously "not particularly cooperative".

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2008 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   newmanfan   (Member)

The notes on the soundtrack lp give music credit to Hugo Friedhoffer, Emil Newman and Herbert Spencer. Lionel was under contract to Fox, working under his brother Alfred.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2008 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

The notes on the soundtrack lp

There was a soundtrack?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2008 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   nathan brittles   (Member)

(The notes on the soundtrack lp

There was a soundtrack?
)???.

Gentlemen and Ladies

A soundtrack LP for Hondo ?. I really don't think so , though , especially on this, I would love to be wrong.

With Vera Cruz and One Eyed Jacks it stands as one of mystro Friedhofers classic offerings to the western genre.
He did others, sic westerns, but these three each offer more variety of interest.

This is indeed a golden age for collectors.

But the Wayne vaults with Eathan, I believe, in control are locked tight.
Look at all the goodies..

With apologies..and delight..if I'm wrong.
Nathan

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2008 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

If there was a soundtrack LP, it would have to have been a very OBSCURE release that I'm not aware of.

Even if some masters still exist on this, it would probably be complicated by the fact that Paramount now has the video rights to it.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2008 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)


Even if some masters still exist on this, it would probably be complicated by the fact that Paramount now has the video rights to it.


As with THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, the licensing must come from Batjac. Paramount did not acquire ancillary rights.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2008 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   nathan brittles   (Member)

A question for vinylscrubber.

Sir I respect your judgement and call on all LP'S and CD'S.
Can you please advise me whether there ever was a legitimate release for Hondo.
I , possibly, though less extensively, have a large collection of LP'S and associated advertising material.
There is not one mention of Hondo .
It's driving me crazy.
With apologies
Nathan

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2008 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

The notes on the soundtrack lp give music credit to Hugo Friedhoffer, Emil Newman and Herbert Spencer. Lionel was under contract to Fox, working under his brother Alfred.


That's "Island in the Sky", isn't it?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2008 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   MICHAEL HOMA   (Member)

rest assured , there was never a soundtrack to HONDO in any format, ever.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2008 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Mr. Homa calls it right and true. I'd love to think that this might someday see the light of day though.

And, Ron is, no doubt, right about where you remember those credits from. The same team was credited on both HONDO and ISLAND.

As far as Emil Newman is concerned, the only solo scores of his that sort of stick in my mind are for a couple of mid-50's gulity pleasures for me--RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND (with Tab Hunter as Jim Hawkins' son) and THE STEEL LADY with Hunter, Rod Cameron, and the then ubiquitous John Dehner.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Hi - Watching Hondo now on AMC. I realize the score has never been made availabe.

Would anyone know if the main title is at least on some compilation somewhere? This is classic Freidhofer.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

All the years dealing with LP SOUNDTRACKS, I NEVER SAW A HONDO SOUNDTRACK, not even you know what type, but maybe somebody you know what, that's always possible.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Sad that some of the greatest treasures of past Americana will slip into obscurity, and ultimately, extinction...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There maybe a theme from Hondo on some compliation album[possibly easy listening] off the top of my head i remember seeing something like that.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Nice to see Nathan on this board again.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Some how i have a vision in my head, Mantovini, Hondo, on one of the many many LP's that great man did, any help from anyone?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

I don't recall seeing HONDO on any compilation, for what it's worth. I'm pretty comprehensive in that department.

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I don't recall seeing HONDO on any compilation, for what it's worth. I'm pretty comprehensive in that department.

Ron Burbella


I think you and I are the MOST comprehensive in that department and I have never seen Hondo anywhere.

 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2011 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

http://www.amazon.com/Hondo-Theme-John-Wayne/dp/B004KRT3E8

Also...

http://www.amazon.com/Springfield-Rifle-Theme-Gary-Cooper/dp/B004GGYF28/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_19

 
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