Was the Louis L’Amour short story, “The Gift of Cochise,” ever made into a movie?

Was the Louis L’Amour short story, “The Gift of Cochise,” ever made into a movie?

John Putze

Phoenix, Arizona

Yep. “The Gift of Cochise” was originally published in Colliers Magazine in 1952. John Wayne read it and purchased the rights to the story for $4,000. He asked James Edward Grant to write the screenplay. Grant changed the story a fair amount.

In 1953, the movie—titled Hondo—came out, starring the Duke. On the same day, a novelized version of the screenplay, written by L’Amour, was also released.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu