Daniel Boone: Season 1, Episode 23

The Ben Franklin Encounter (18 Mar. 1965)

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Boone and Mingo travel East and get caught up in a confrontation between Benjamin Franklin and British Admiral Lord Clydesdale, who threatens to hang them all for treason.



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Episode credited cast:
Adm. Lord Clydesdale
Laurie Main ...
Clara Merivale
Alan Simpson ...
James Forrest ...
Lt. Richard Fergus
Vikki Harrington ...
Mary Merivale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Carrier ...
Charles Penet


Boone and Mingo travel East and get caught up in a confrontation between Benjamin Franklin and British Admiral Lord Clydesdale, who threatens to hang them all for treason.

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18 March 1965 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Helping Ben Franklin Escape the British
21 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

DANIEL BOONE – The Ben Franklin Encounter - 1965

This is the 23rd 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 Ed Ames are making a visit to Virginia to see about getting some gunpowder laid on for Fort Bonnesborough. The British are not shipping supplies out to the frontier over fears the items might be used against them if rebellion comes.

Anyways, Parker and Ames, through no fault of their own, become embroiled in a mix up with British soldiers, French spies, several women and Ben Franklin. The British are trying to catch Franklin before he is whisked away by the French to Paris. Anna Lee and Vicki Harrington play a couple of wealthy types, helping Franklin escape. Edward Mulhare is the dastardly British officer trying to catch Franklin. He wishes to string the man up as a traitor to the King.

Parker and Ames are forced to bang a few heads and the like in order to help Franklin get away. Franklin, in order to thank Parker, gives him information on where he can find all the gunpowder he needs.

The whole episode takes place at night in a big house. There are plenty of guns being drawn and folks getting clubbed in the back of the head etc. Great fun! A very entertaining episode, that is handled smoothly by veteran B-film helmsman, Nathan Juran. Juran had a good reputation for turning in good B-films, even when saddled with shoestring budgets. Examples of his work include, THE BLACK CASTLE, DRUMS ACROSS THE RIVER, LAW AND ORDER, HIGHWAY DRAGNET, THE CROOKED WEB, GOOD DAY FOR A HANGING, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE DEADLY MANTIS, ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN and THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD.

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