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"Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" Hawkeye's Homecoming (1957)

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Original Air Date:
3 April 1957 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Hawkeye finds out that his brother has joined the British army and is now a "redcoat". However, when he is murdered by a treacherous Indian companion, Hawkeye seeks revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

John Hart ... Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler (as Johnny Hart)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Chingachgook (as Lon Chaney)

Michael Ansara ... Ogana

Max Showalter ... Capt. John West (as Casey Adams)
Lilian Fontaine ... Marian Thorne (as Lili Fontaine)
Leslie Denison ... Col. Thorne

Stacy Harris ... Capt. Brownell (as Stacey Harris)
Esther Somers ... Mrs. Cutler
Don Garner ... Sgt. Tommy Cutler

Frank DeKova ... Ottawa Chief

Gregory Gaye ... Gen. Montcalm (credit only)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Bellew ... Young Huron (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Sidney Salkow 
Writing credits
James Fenimore Cooper (novel)

Richard Schayer (story)

Richard Schayer (teleplay)

Produced by
Irving Cummings Jr. .... producer
Leon Fromkess .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Monica Collingwood 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Hersh .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harold Hanks .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Einar Bourman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
John A. Bushelman .... supervising film editor (as John Bushelman)
Crew believed to be complete

Series Cast
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Don Cullen

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Additional Details

26 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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[first lines]
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler:Don't shoot! I surrender!
Mrs. Cutler:Nat! I might have know it was you. Nobody else could hit that iron from across the clearing. Chingachgook, welcome to my home again!
Chingachgook:Greetings to the mother of Hawkeye.
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Excellent debut episode features Michael Ansara, 8 November 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS proudly boasts of its heritage to James Fenimore Cooper, its one syndicated season lasting a full 39 episodes, filmed in wintry Canadian locations in Pickering, Ontario, with indoor facilities in Toronto's Lakeshore Studio (about a 12 month period beginning in July 1956). Former Lone Ranger John Hart toplines as frontiersman Nat Cutler, known as 'Hawkeye, the Long Rifle' to his Indian friends, protecting white settlers during the ongoing French and Indian War along the New York-Canadian border. Co-starring was Lon Chaney as Mohican blood brother Chingachgook, a role played in the 1920 German version by none other than Bela Lugosi, while Chaney was no stranger to dignified Indian portrayals, from 1952's "Battles of Chief Pontiac" (title role) to 1956's "Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer" (as Shawnee Chief Blackfish). Like Tonto, Chingachgook remains steadfast in his devotion to the loner Hawkeye, ignored by the white man and unloved by his Native American brethren (the last of his devastated tribe). Director Sam Newfield and his brother, producer Sigmund Neufeld (as well as Leon Fromkess), were responsible for the entire series, a decade after the demise of their Poverty Row unit at PRC. Nowadays advertised as HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, all 39 episodes available in one format or another, this excellent debut episode, "Hawkeye's Homecoming," was the only one directed by Sidney Salkow rather than Newfield, with John Hart's Hawkeye returning to his mother's cabin along the Iroquois Trail, where he learns that younger brother Tommy (Don Garner) now proudly serves as a sergeant for the British army. Unfortunately, his assignment from Col. Thorne (Leslie Denison) to deliver a dispatch to Albany is foiled by Mohawk scout Ogana (Michael Ansara), a Huron chief in disguise, who plots an attack on Fort William Henry that will be a triumph for his people, not the French. The show couldn't have begun on a higher note, the only episode shot in Hollywood, Ansara just beginning his 2 season run as Cochise in the TV series BROKEN ARROW, John Hart quite serviceable as Hawkeye, eager to clear his brother's name by exposing Ogana's treachery, their inevitable showdown well played and tense. Lon Chaney's Chingachgook reveals the truth to Hawkeye after examining Ogana's knife, that he couldn't have acquired it from a dead Huron: "red man never carry tomahawk or knife that belongs to enemy, bad medicine!" (incredibly, the theme music during the end credits was borrowed by Ed Wood for his "Plan 9 from Outer Space"!). Yes, one can argue that it's The Lone Ranger and Tonto on a lower budget, but younger viewers still enjoyed it. Chaney had previously appeared opposite Michael Ansara in 1950's "Only the Valiant," Leslie Denison in 1952's "The Black Castle," and Casey Adams in 1955's "Indestructible Man."

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