Army payroll messengers are found dead, murdered by a gang of bandits, and the payroll stolen. In order to find the killers, Hawkeye and Chingachcook go undercover as managers of a local trading post.

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Chingachgook (as Lon Chaney)
Rodney Bunker ...
Lt. Trelway
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Dying Man (as Charles Jarrot)
Bill Walsh ...
Col. Courtney (as William Walsh)
Don Garrard ...
Jim Foster (as Donald Gerrard)
Fred Diehl ...
Sam Martin (as Frederick Diehl)
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Sally Brown (as Margaret Griffin)
Sydney Brown ...
Brown the Tavern Keeper (as Sid Brown)
John Paris ...
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Army payroll messengers are found dead, murdered by a gang of bandits, and the payroll stolen. In order to find the killers, Hawkeye and Chingachcook go undercover as managers of a local trading post.

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26 June 1957 (Canada)  »

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[refusing to trade liquor for pelts]
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: In hunting and trapping, a man must learn to take the bad with the good. Some seasons you get plenty of furs; others aren't so good. This is never good for the Indian.
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Rodney Bunker and William Walsh
10 November 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"False Witness" begins with a search for thieving highwaymen who murder for army payrolls in the Hudson's Bay district. Fort McKenzie's Col. Courtney (William Walsh, second of nine) assigns Hawkeye to take command at the Hudson Bay trading post, where he and Chingachgook meet Jim Foster (Don Garrard, first of four), a dealer who buys and sells guns. Also under suspicion is surveyor Sam Martin (Frederick Diehl), whose burned hand matches the description made earlier by an unnamed Dying Man (Charles Jarrott, first of two). A trap is baited by Lt. Trelway (Rodney Bunker, first of four), posing as the latest army paymaster, but Martin and his accomplice, Swayze (John Paris, second of five), successfully frame Foster for the crimes, easily planting the evidence on an innocent man. Now uncertain of the culprit's identity, Hawkeye must bide his time and hope that the lure of more riches will force Martin's gang back out into the open. The final scene rather touchingly displays Chingachgook's preference for the wilderness over civilization, as he and Hawkeye happily give up the trading post to return to their beloved forest. Both William Walsh and Don Garrard would be reunited in the series finale "Circle of Hate," but only Walsh repeats his character of Col. Courtney at Fort McKenzie.


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