Daniel Boone: Season 1, Episode 24

Four-Leaf Clover (25 Mar. 1965)

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A bumbling school teacher has come to Boonesborough with the deadly Shawnee hot on his heals. To make matters worse, the town is nearly out of gunpowder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Cincinnatus (as Dallas McKennon)
Dick Wessel ...
Moses Hennepin
Alvy Moore ...
Amos Truro
Saugus (as Frank De Kova)
Francis Clover


A bumbling school teacher has come to Boonesborough with the deadly Shawnee hot on his heals. To make matters worse, the town is nearly out of gunpowder.

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22 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

DANIEL BOONE – Four Leaf Clover - 1965

This is the 24th 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.

Fess Parker and Albert Salmi are out hunting when they come up on a broken down wagon. They find the owner of said wagon, George Gobel, hanging off a nearby cliff edge. They pull the man up and find that Gobel is the new schoolmaster for the children at Fort Boonesborough.

Parker and Salmi fix the wagon and escort the man to the fort. Gobel turns out to be something of a clumsy fellow. He is always tripping over things or quoting idiotic sayings from his books.

Cherokee Scout, Ed Ames, now shows and reports that some heavily armed Shawnee war parties are advancing on Fort Boonesborough. The fort is running out of gunpowder again and they were expecting a load to come in. Gobel mentions that he had been carrying 100 pounds worth on his wagon. Gobel had asked several Indians he met on the trial, to bring the barrels to the fort for him. Needless to say these were Shawnee who were more than happy to add the powder to their own supply.

The Shawnee arrive and surround the Fort. Parker figures they need some sort of bluff to fool the Shawnee into believing they have plenty of gunpowder. Gobel, foolishly lets slip to the natives that the fort is nearly out of gunpowder. The people inside are all for tossing the overly talkative Gobel over the fort walls to the Shawnee.

Goble however saves the day by looking up how to make gunpowder in his textbooks. They gather all the necessary ingredients to make the required amount of powder. Gobel fashions the resulting mess into grenades. When the Shawnee launch their attack on the out-gunned settlers, they receive a rather unpleasant surprise. The attack is quickly broken up by the grenades with large losses to the Shawnee.

They decide any further attacks would be pointless and withdraw. Gobel is now a hero and his school is a success.

This episode is sort of a strange mixture of violence and comedy that actually works. Veteran Republic Pictures serial director, John English, blends the two elements smoothly.

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