Daniel Boone: Season 2, Episode 2

The Tortoise and the Hare (23 Sep. 1965)

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The annual footrace with the Creeks is looming, and everybody in town has big bets on Daniel to win the race against the Creeks' champion, Deerfoot. When Daniel hurts his foot, they ... See full summary »

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The annual footrace with the Creeks is looming, and everybody in town has big bets on Daniel to win the race against the Creeks' champion, Deerfoot. When Daniel hurts his foot, they fortunately find a good substitute, Jericho Jones, but he is very stubborn, feeling hurt that they never asked him before. Is he capable and willing to win, and pull the town's "fat out of the fire?" And, what are Stinch and Coll up to? Written by Charles Hurley <bullwinkle60@gmail.com>

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10 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

DANIEL BOONE – The Tortoise and the Hare -1965

This is the 31st 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) is getting ready for the annual 10 mile footrace with the Creek Indian tribe. The event generates much trade and wagering between the residents of Fort Boonesborough and the Creek tribe. This year the Creek have brought in a ringer from a northern tribe to try and win. The winner four years in a row has been Parker.

Needless to say several flies in the ointment appear. Parker goes for a stumble while out hunting with Cherokee scout, Ed Ames. Parker twists his ankle and looks unlikely to be able to race. The Fort residents are in a frenzy to find a replacement for Parker. They have already made their wagers with the Creek and it is too late to cancel them.

Robert Logan, the hired hand for Fort trading post operator, Dal McKennon, seems like the best choice to replace Parker. Logan is seen running down rabbits and catching them by hand.

Logan however is not all that happy about being forced by boss, McKennon to enter the race. He would have liked if someone had asked him. Parker's daughter, Veronica Cartwright, has taken a shine to young Logan. She takes him meals and tells him how much her father is proud of Logan. This gives Logan a boost in the pride department. He tells Cartwright he will win the race for the people of the fort.

Now another fly alights in the ointment. Two rascals, James Griffith and Laurie Main step up. They sneak in to Logan's room the night before the race, bash Logan on the noggin, and carry him off. They leave a ransom note for the fort residents. Cough up some coin or they will keep Logan from the race. Now the old "dog ate my homework" gag happens. Logan's pet rabbit eats the ransom note.

The next morning everyone figures that Logan has bolted the fort because he is afraid to race. Parker, as poorly as he still feels, volunteers to race. Logan however has escaped Griffith and Main and ran the 5 miles back to the fort. He gets there in time to take his place in the race.

Off they go with Logan and the brave running neck and neck for the first half. Then Logan falls behind as the effects of the earlier run catch up. But at the finish line, everyone is surprised when Logan comes in carrying the brave piggy back style. The brave had tripped and busted a leg. Logan had picked him up and hobbled home carrying the man.

Griffith and Main are grabbed up and put to work doing Logan's chores. Logan is of course the hero of the fort.


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