Hondo Lane: Before I go, I wanna explain somethin'. Angie Lowe: Yes? Hondo Lane: It didn't happen in the low way you heard it. I didn't bushwack him Angie Lowe: I never for a moment thought you did,
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Hondo Lane:
Before I go, I wanna explain somethin'.
Angie Lowe:
Yes?
Hondo Lane:
It didn't happen in the low way you heard it. I didn't bushwack him
Angie Lowe:
I never for a moment thought you did, but you've killed him.
Hondo Lane:
I didn't have any choice. He cut loose at me.
Angie Lowe:
I should have known that. I should have known you were lying to make me think well of you. Poor Ed. I guess he wasn't the sort of man to die well. Sorry now I hated him so much. I guess he couldn't help being weak and selfish.
Hondo Lane:
I just didn't have any choice.
Angie Lowe:
I know that.
Hondo Lane:
Are you going to feel differently about me?
Angie Lowe:
No one has any control over the way they feel. I'm never going to change the way I feel about you. But, well what about him?
Hondo Lane:
Yeah. I guess there's some things that just can't... He's gonna be a good man. Good spread to his shoulders. Head works, too. The other night after you went to sleep, he crawled up into my bunk and put his arms around my neck. Made me feel kind of funny, like he was dependent on me. A lot of things I'd rather do than this.
Angie Lowe:
You're going to tell him?
Hondo Lane:
If I don't, somebody else will. And I got a belly full of lies.
Angie Lowe:
No! Your ranch in California: it's too far for gossip to travel. You and your silly ideals. You think truth is the most important thing.
Hondo Lane:
It's the measure of a man.
Angie Lowe:
Well, not for a woman. A man can afford to have noble sentiments and poses, but a woman only has the man she married. That's her truth. And if he's no good, that's still her truth. I married a man who was a liar, a thief and a coward. He was a drunkard and unfaithful. He only married me to get this ranch and then he deserted Johnny and me for good. And that's your fine truth for you. Could I bring Johnny up on that?
Hondo Lane:
Well, I guess you couldn't.
Angie Lowe:
And then you come along and you're good and fine and everything that Ed could never hope to be. And now in your vanity, you want to spoil Johnny's chances and mine.
[she starts to cry]

Hondo Lane:
Varlabania.
Angie Lowe:
What?
Hondo Lane:
When the Indians finish up their squaw-seekin' ceremony, they only say one thing: "Varlabania." It means "forever." Forever.

Transcript:
-Before l go l want to explain something.
-Yes?
It didn't happen
in the low way you heard it.
-l didn't bushwhack.
-l never for a moment thought you did.
-But you killed him.
-l didn't have any choice,
-he cut loose at me...
-l should have known that.
l should have known you were lying
to make me think well of him.
Poor Ed. l guess he wasn't the sort
of man to die well.
Sorry now l hated him so much.
l guess he couldn't help
being weak and selfish.
-l just didn't have any choice.
-l know that.
You're gonna feel differently about me?
No one has any control
over the way they feel.
I’m never going to change
the way l feel about you.
But,
what about him?
Yeah.
Guess there are some things
that just can't...
He's gonna be a good man.
Good spread to his shoulders.
Head works, too.
Other night, after you went to sleep,
he crawled up into my bunk
and put his arms around my neck.
Made me feel kind of funny.
Like he was depending on me.
Lot of things l'd rather do than this.
You're going to tell him?
lf l don't, somebody else will.
And l got a belly full of lies.
Look what l got!
-Hold him by the gills like l showed you.
-Sure.
-Johnny, l want to tell you something.
-It’s a nice perch, ain't it?
Bass. Remember the shape of its head?
Oh yeah, l forgot.
Bass have a jaw that stick out like this.
What l wanted to tell you is,
while back,
a man came at me with a gun.
-l had to kill him.
-Good. Indian?
No, he was a white man, Johnny,
but l didn't have any choice. He...
l told you to press down on the shank,
and then you won't stick yourself.
Won't break the hook, either.
Here, bite down on this stick.
That's the way Indian youngsters
learn not to cry.
-Johnny, this man l killed...
-No!
Your ranch in California,
it's far, too far for gossip to travel.
Go wrap your thumb
in some bayberry leaves.
You and your silly ideals.
You think truth
is the most important thing.
-It’s the measure of a man.
-Not for a woman.
A man can afford to have
noble sentiments and poses.
But a woman only has the man
she marries. That's her truth.
And if he's no good,
that's still her truth.
l married a man who was a liar,
a thief, and a coward.
He was a drunkard and unfaithful.
He only married me to get this ranch,
and then he deserted Johnny
and me for good.
And that's your fine truth for you.
-Could l bring Johnny up on that?
-No, l guess you couldn't.
And then you come along
and you're good and fine,
and everything that Ed
could never hope to be.
And now, with your vanity, you want to
spoil Johnny's chances, and mine?
-Varlebena.
-What?
When the Indians wind up their
squaw-seeking ceremony,
they only say one word. Varlebena.
It means forever.
Forever.
Well, we caught the wild cat.
Give us a hand, will you?
l can't understand,
we killed him on the last charge.
Vittorio?
They had us surrounded.
Could've cut us to pieces,
then they withdrew.
That's why they pulled out.
Anytime their leader is killed,
that means their medicine's bad.
-This poor child.
-We're going out with this troop.
-Vittorio's dead.
-No, he can't be.
Everybody gets dead, it was his turn.
Now get your possibles.
l have some medicine in the cabin.
Thank you, Mrs. Lowe, l'd be
eternally grateful
if you'd pass among the men first.
No, you're wounded,
I’m going to fix you up.
Thank you, ma'am.
The men are in worse shape than l am.
Come on, do as he says.
We'll take care of him.
-Sergeant.
-Yes, sir?
Dismount the men.
-Hitch their horses up to the wagon.
-Yes, sir.
You'll find harness in the barn.
Len.
-What do you want?
-Take four men and gather the settlers.
We'll probably catch up with you
at Errad Crossing.
Wilson, McGrath, Lyon, Johnson.
-How is he?
-He'll make out.
Don't know much.
Led us into an ambush.
But l ain't ashamed of him nohow.
Bullet holes are in the front of him.
All those youngsters from the Point
are like that.
They got to learn.
Partly they learn, partly they die.
But l gotta float my stick same as you.
l never saw one of them
l had to be ashamed of.

Clip duration: 344 seconds
Views: 12
Timestamp in movie: 01:09:09
Uploaded: 22 September, 2021
Genres: drama, romance, war
Summary: Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.


Actors

Hondo Lane - John Wayne
Angie Lowe - Geraldine Page