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Episode complete credited cast:
Cincinnatus (as Dallas McKennon)
Marvin Brody ...
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Kid (as Chris Hundley)
Meredith Lynn Smith ...
First Girl
Timothy Patrick Bryan
Jericho Jones
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With Daniel and Jericho away and Choctaw chief Gabriel and his warriors on the warpath, a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving is in doubt. Then Rebecca's Irish father Timothy Patrick Bryan shows up and, in order not to disappoint his grandson Israel, who believes his yarns, invites the Indians to Thanksgiving dinner. Written by bobbymaxwell

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25 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Turkey Time
21 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

DANIEL BOONE – The Thanksgiving Story -1965

This is the 39th 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, Ed Ames, Patricia Blair, Veronica Cartwright and Darby Hinton. This episode is from season two, which was the first season to be filmed in colour.

Daniel Boone (Fess Parker) and Jericho Jones, (Robert Logan) are returning to Fort Boonesborough with a wagon of supplies. They meet a man on the road hightailing it the other way. He tells Parker and Logan that a big raiding party of Choctaws are raiding around Fort Boonesborough. He is heading the other way.

Parker and Logan spare no horses as they race to the fort. They are soon set upon by a band of Choctaws and barely escape after abandoning the wagon of supplies. They make it into the woods and start running towards home.

At the same time, the locals living around the fort are grabbing up food etc and fleeing into the fort. Parker's wife and children are hustled to the fort as well. That is except for young Darby Hinton. The boy has set out to bag a turkey for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Darby gets a surprise when he bumps into his grandfather, John McIntire.

McIntire was in the area to see his daughter and grandkids. Together they capture a turkey. Then they head for the fort. Needless to say Darby gets a load of hell from his mom, Patricia Blair. But at least he is now safe.

McIntire heads for the trading post to wet his whistle with a few drops of rum. There he tells a tall tale about knowing the war chief of the Choctaw tribe, Rodolfo Acosta. Of course he says this before he finds out that Rodolfo Acosta is the same man burning up the valley.

The locals call him on the story and say he should go out and talk Acosta into stopping his attack. McIntire does just that. He jumps the fort walls and heads off. There is however a problem, young Hinton has followed him. The two are soon captured and taken to the Choctaw camp.

McIntire, who is somewhat of a rogue, pulls off a few simple magic tricks which astound the Choctaw medicine man, Abe Sofaer. Sofaer tells Acosta that maybe they better not continue the raid. The fort might have powerful medicine.

Acosta laughs and leads the warriors off in the direction of the fort. They bump into Parker and Logan. Soon there is a wild chase happening with Parker and Logan leading the Choctaws over hill and dale.

Back at the Choctaw camp, McIntire has talked the Medicine man into coming to the fort for Thanksgiving dinner. McIntire pulls out his flute and is soon doing a pied piper bit. The Choctaw women and children follow him to the fort.

Now back to Parker. Parker and Logan have thrown the natives off their trail and again head for the fort. They find everyone feasting on turkey and all the trimmings. Everyone is seated at the same table, settler and Choctaw feasting away. Now Acosta and the braves arrive. They see their womenfolk and children having fun and decide to join them No need for anymore war.

A rather simple feel good story, that, was the norm on most series at Thanksgiving time.

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