This is the 14th 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.
In this episode, Fess Parker is pleased to get a visit from an old friend whom he knew 15 years before. The man, Pat Hingle, is an old time frontiersman who likes to live deep in the woods. He has a big pile of pelts to exchange for some gunpowder and a bit of hard cash. Hingle is a hit with the local residents of Fort Boonesborough with his tales of daring do etc.
Soon after Hingle's arrival, Cherokee warrior, Mingo, (Ed Ames) pays a visit. Ames is on the trail of a man who killed three young braves and stole their fur pelts. The trail had led right to the fort. Since the only new man at the fort is Hingle, all eyes turn to him. He swears he never saw any Cherokee, and that the furs were his.
Parker goes with Ames to have a talk with the Cherokee chief, George Lewis. The Cherokee are a bit hot under the collar about the murders and swear vengeance. They are quite sure the guilty person is the new arrival, Hingle. Turn him over or there will be war.
Parker returns to the fort to tell everyone about the Cherokee demands. The locals decide to arm up rather than turn Hingle over to be roasted alive. That night the rum pours freely and this has the effect of causing Hingle to say more than he meant. He blurts out that he did indeed slice up the braves, and then stole their pelts. Parker has Albert Salmi and Del McKennon keep an eye on Hingle while he returns to the Cherokee camp.
Parker tells Ames and the Chief that Hingle is the murderer. He also tells them that Hingle well be dealt with by the Law. Parker heads back to the fort with Ames coming along to see just what justice the court will visit upon Hingle. When Parker and Ames reach the fort, they find Salmi knocked cold, and McKennon nearly dead from a stab wound to the back. Hingle, is of course nowhere to be seen.
The now furious Parker sets off in pursuit. He soon catches up with the swine, Hingle. The guns are dropped and the two go at it with knives, fists and boots. A real knock down brawl takes place, with both getting in their fair share of blows. The fight ends when the two go off a cliff and fall 20 feet, with Parker landing on top, breaking Hingle's back.
This is a pretty good episode with veteran serial man, John English, again handling the directing chores.
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