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Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Western | 5 October 1956 (USA)
Daniel Boone leads settlers into Kentucky, but must battle Shawnee Indians who have been persuaded by a French renegade that Boone and the settlers are there to kill them and steal their land.


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Cast overview:
Blackfish (as Lon Chaney)
Kem Dibbs ...
Simon Girty
Jacqueline Evans ...
Nancy Rodman ...
Susannah Boone
Freddy Fernández ...
Israel Boone (as Freddy Fernandez)
Carol Kelly ...
Eduardo Noriega ...
Squire Boone
Gordon Mills ...
James Boone (as Claude Brook)
Joe Ainley ...
Gen. Hamilton


Daniel Boone leads settlers into Kentucky, but must battle Shawnee Indians who have been persuaded by a French renegade that Boone and the settlers are there to kill them and steal their land.

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Thrill to the daring exploits of the bold pioneer who blazed the Wilderness Road...and had to fight his Red brother to bring peace to the new frontier! See more »


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5 October 1956 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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2.35 : 1
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James Boone (Claudio Brook) was 27 at the time this movie was made. The real James Boone was only sixteen when he was killed. See more »


Israel Boone: Shel-tow-ee?
Daniel Boone: Yes, Israel. That's the name Blackfish gave me when he made me his blood brother. It means "Big Turtle."
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Dan'l Boone
Music by Albert C. Gannaway
Lyrics by Hal Levy
Sung by the children on the wagon
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Average take on the frontiersman's heroics suffering dangerous and risked adventures
15 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a low-budgeted film about the famous adventurer and explorer Daniel Boone (Bruce Bennet) . After the guidance a settlers party from North Caroline to the fertile valley of Kentucky , Boone undergoes several adventures . This time Boone is living along with his wife and sons in Boonesborough , when his eldest son is kidnapped and murdered by the Shawnees Indians . Boone unites a group to track down a carriage full of children that are surrounded by the Indians , but he's taken prisoner and submitted deadly proof ; later on , he escapes . Chief Blackfish (Lon Chaney Jr.) and Boone accord a meeting in the location named Thousand Waterfalls but an Indian masquerading posing as white men threatens the peace . Then , the savage Indians attack the fort Booneesborough .

This shoe-string budget movie chronicling the further feats of our frontier hero , displays adventures , action , and spectacular outdoors . Filmed in Mexico and with Mexican actors as secondaries , such as Claudio Brook and Eduardo Noriega , and giving a surprisingly good acting by Lon Chaney Jr. including a touching weeping . Worn-out color , granulated and lousy cinematography , in spite of gorgeous landscapes . The flick was regularly directed by Albert Gannaway , also in charge of production and soundtrack which includes some songs . The film didn't help to spread Boone-mania among the kids of the 50s and 60s . Other adaptations about this frontiersman hero are the followings : the classic version (1934) by David Howard with George O'Brien and John Carradine , and the known TV series with Fess Parker .

The picture is partially based on real deeds , the actual events are the followings : Daniel Boone (1734-1820) long hunter , Indian fighter , trail-blazing pioneer and first of the frontier folk heroes was born in Pennsylvania . Moving to North Carolina he settled in the Yadkin Valley , supporting his family by hunting, often making long trips for profitable animal skins . The long hunters were so called because their long wildness hunts might last more than a year . Boone was impressed by the Indian hunting grounds of Kentucky and determined to make his home in this unsettled , fertile land rich with game.The journey was thwarted by hostile Indians who killed six of the party including Boone's eldest son . With a band of hardy woodsmen , Boone set forth and blazed a trail , known as the Wilderness Road , through the Cumberland Gap of the Appalachian Mountains to the Kentucky River , where they built a fort named Boonesborough , to which later brought his family and a group of settlers. In January 1778 Boone was captured by Shawnee Indians and adopted into tribe as the foster-son of Chief Blackfish . In June escaped escaped to warn Boonesborough of an impeding Shawnee attack . Frustated by legal nullification of his Kentucky lands claims, Boone moved on to Missouri . Boone died aged eighty-six in his son's farmhouse in Missouri.

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