This is the 21st 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.
Daniel Boone (Fess Parker) and scout Yadkin (Albert Salmi) are in Salem, Virginia buying up supplies for Fort Boonesborough. They have three wagon's full of gunpowder, flour and the like. Problem is that they are unable to hire any mule skinners to drive the wagons. The local men are all afraid of a bandit band that is raiding all along the trail. The band is led by a rather nasty ex-soldier, Bruce Cabot.
Parker finally gets the men he needs by taking charge of four prisoners. The local law will discharge the men, Gordon Jump, Charles Horvath, Sean McClory and James Best into the care of Parker. The four of course will need to be watched like hawks, as they all will bolt at the first chance. The men are shackled at the wrists with chains.
The three wagons roll out for the week long trip to Fort Booneborough. The wagons are to meet Cherokee scout, Ed Ames at the half way mark. Ames will then help escort the supplies to the fort.
Parker and Salmi soon learn something about the men, Best, is a schoolteacher who was thrown in prison because of his father's debts. McClory is a rebel from Ireland, Horvath is an ex-Hessian soldier and Jump an embezzler. Several days on the road and they come up on a destroyed wagon and several dead men. It is the work of Cabot and his gang of cutthroats.
Then they come up on Ames. Ames has been captured by Cabot's gang. They have him tied out on the track as bait. Parker of course is not about to fall for the ploy. He arms the prisoners, circles the wagons and waits. Sure enough, the bandits launch a late night attack. Gun blaze, tomahawks fly and knives strike home. The bandits are defeated and Ames is rescued. Two of the prisoners, McClory and Horvath did not survive the assault. Parker gives the two remaining their freedom. The two would rather continue on to the fort and begin a new life.
A nicely done episode with plenty of action to keep the viewer entertained.
The director here is silent movie actor, turned director, David Butler. Butler was known for a string of Shirley Temple, Bob Hope comedies and Doris Day musicals in the 30's 40's and 50's. He moved to television as film work dried up. He was involved in film production of one kind or another from 1910 to 1967.
His most well-known films are, THEY GOT ME COVERED, BRIGHT EYES, THE LITTLEST REBEL, CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT, ROAD TO MOROCCO, TEA FOR TWO, CALAMITY JANE, SAN ANTONIO, THE COMMAND.
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