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Cain's Birthday: Part 1 

A French officer named Michelet conspires with the various Indian tribes to lay siege to Boonesborough. The Indians appear to have overwhelming numbers and the cutoff townspeople are desperately short on supplies.

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Daniel Boone
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Israel Boone
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A French officer named Michelet conspires with the various Indian tribes to lay siege to Boonesborough. The Indians appear to have overwhelming numbers and the cutoff townspeople are desperately short on supplies.

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a Fight for Survival
26 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

DANIEL BOONE – Cain's Birthday – Part One -1965

This is the 25th episode of the long running 1964-70 series about the life of American frontiersman and explorer, Daniel Boone. The lead is played by Fess Parker. Also in the mix are Albert Salmi, Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Veronica Cartwright and Darby Hinton.

This particular episode is the first of a two part story arc. I am including both parts in the write-up.

Fess Parker and a group of men from Fort Booneborough are out at the salt lick. They are there to boil up enough salt to get them through the winter. Boone (Fess Parker) is scouting around the site with Cherokee scout, Ed Ames. A French officer, Cesare Davona comes out of woods with a large group of natives. He calls on the men to surrender.

The men are most reluctant to do so despite the long odds. Danova now shoves a prisoner out into view. It is Parker. The Indians had captured him a bit earlier. Parker tells the Boonesborough men to lay down their arms. This, the group does, and are lead off to a camp. Watching from the woods is scout Ames, who had escaped capture when Parker had been grabbed up.

It appears that Davona is out trying a bit of Empire building. He is building an alliance of various tribes to chase the white folks off. He is supplying weapons and gunpowder to all who join. He already has 2-3 tribes with him. He just needs the big war chief of the Creeks to join him. The man, Ted De Corsia, is not sure the alliance would work. He tells Davona that he needs proof it will work.

Davona tells De Corsia he will now take Fort Booneborough and put everyone to the sword. Mingo, Ed Ames hotfoots it back to the Fort to warn the remaining settlers. There is hope help will come soon because a request for soldiers had been sent out the week before.

The help, when it arrives, turns out to be two men, British officer, Alan Napier and his aide. The local women folk are soon all put through some quick weapons training. They will need to man the fort walls if an attack comes.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, err, Indian camp, Parker has pulled a fast one and escaped. He also hotfoots to the fort to join in the defence. He immediately clashes with British officer, Napier, about the fort defence. Napier is all for surrendering when Davona offers terms. Parker knows better and tells Napier that would lead to a massacre.

Boone (Parker) then has an idea on how to equal the odds against the horde of natives outside the fort. They fashion a cannon out of a stout log wrapped in bands of iron. The natives under Davona attack, the fort gate is opened and the Indians jam up at the fort entrance. The cannon, loaded with chunks of glass, metal and rocks, is fired point blank into the attacking force, decimating it.

The surviving Indians decide they have had more than enough strife for the day. The alliance breaks up and Davona is left alone. So much for building his empire.

By no means is this a complete review. I left out quite a bit of the story and just threw together a general outline of the story.

(B/W)


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