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Daniel Boone (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, History, Western | 16 October 1936 (USA)
In 1775, Daniel Boone settles Kentucky, despite menacing Indians and renegade whites.


David Howard


Daniel Jarrett (screenplay), Edgecumb Pinchon (story)




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Daniel Boone
Heather Angel ... Virginia Randolph
John Carradine ... Simon Girty
Ralph Forbes ... Stephen Marlowe
George Regas ... Black Eagle
Dickie Jones ... Master Jerry Randolph
Clarence Muse ... Pompey
Huntley Gordon ... Sir John Randolph
Harry Cording ... Joe Burch
Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Mary Burch
Crauford Kent ... Attorney General (as Crawford Kent)
Keith Hitchcock Keith Hitchcock ... Commissioner (as Keith Kenneth)
Tom Ricketts ... Attorney General's Associate
Baron James Lichter Baron James Lichter ... Ben Stevens (as Baron Lichter)


In 1775, Daniel Boone leads thirty settler families to Kentucky where they face two threats: Indian raiders led by renegade white Simon Girty, who opposes settlement; and the schemes of effete Stephen Marlowe to seize title to the new lands. Perils, battles, escapes, and a love interest round out the story. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MIGHTY IN WARFARE..DANGEROUS IN LOVE!! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 11 November 1936) See more »


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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Cleveland Wednesday 1 September 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 25 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Syracuse Thursday 10 February 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Los Angeles Sunday 10 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Detroit Thursday 8 September 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »


Pompey: This place we're going to, Black Eagle - get there soon?
Black Eagle: No come soon. Big far away. Plenty forest. Plenty Indian.
Pompey: Say, is them Indians friendly?
Pompey: [Black Eagle shrugs] I mean, they wouldn't hurt a coloured man would they?
Black Eagle: Indian no like black man. Hair too short. Indian like long hair.
Pompey: Huh?
Black Eagle: Scalp easy!
Pompey: Well, if the scalp's no good, why don't they let it alone? I can see why the Indians don't like the white man. They ain't got nothing in common. Now, the coloured man and the red man, they're different. ...
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Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Grace Hamilton (uncredited)
Sung by chorus
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Early Daniel Boone adventure with several struggles , raids and spectacular outdoors
26 April 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals as the title says about Daniel Boone ( George O'Brien ) , as famous scout , he leads some settler families towards Kentucky state ; meanwhile he falls in love with a beautiful colonist ( Heather Angel ) facing off her suitor ( Ralph Forbes ) . Besides , he'll confront Indians led by a nasty villain ( John Carradine ) , risks and numerous perils.

The film is based on real events , these are the following : In 1775,after mediating the purchase of 20 million acres of Kentucky Cherokee land,which was about to be opened to white settlers as the 14th colony,Transylvania,the 40 years old Boone(1734-1820,dead at the age of 85) led colonials to blaze trail.Driving northward from Tenessee through the Cumberland Gap to the Kentucky River,they cleared the famous Wilderness Road,which ended at a settlement on the Kentucky, they called Boonesborough in honor to his name.Daniel Boone as militia leader charged with directing the defense of Kentucky's frontier settlements against Indian attacks and stalled a raid on defenseless women and children left in Boonesboro.Captured by Shawnees and after escaping,Boone reached the settlement in time to help fight off Indian attack and his legend grew to epic proportions and would gain an inflated reputation as Indian fighter ,learning his wilderness skills from friendly Native Americans whose ways he respected and understood.In fact,the myths about Boone's prowess abounded and multiplied even in his own time,but in true,Boone never relished fighting Native Americans and may have killed only one Indian during his entire career and contrary to myth he never wore a coonskin cap.His greatest legacy is,perhaps,his undying legend as the first trail-brazer of America's advance to the West coast

The motion picture packs adventures , battles , action though is a little bit outdated because of being an early talkie the film-copy is worn-out. The flick will appeal to old movies buffs and frontier western enthusiasts.

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16 October 1936 (USA) See more »

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Banditen von Kain-Tu-Kei See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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