Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (October 5, 1956)
Released on October 5, 1956: Daniel Boone leads settlers to Kentucky to establish a new home named Boonesborough, but the red coats and the red skins have other plans.
Directed by Albert C. Gannaway and Ismael Rodriguez
Written by Tom Hubbard and John Patrick.
The Actors: Bruce Bennett (Daniel Boone), Lon Chaney Jr. (Blackfish), Faron Young (Faron Callaway), Kem Dibbs (Simon Girty), Damian O'Flynn (Andy Callaway), Jacqueline Evans (Rebecca Boone), Nancy Rodman (Susannah Boone), Freddy Fernandez (Israel Boone), Carol Kelly (Jamima Boone), Eduardo Noriega (Squire Boone), Fred Kohler Jr. (Kenton), Gordon Mills (John Holder), Claudio Brook (James Boone), Joe Ainley (General Hamilton), Lee Morgan (Smitty).
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Along about the time this movie was filmed I was a very young boy in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and one of my older sisters was going to college and in love with a fellow there who was studying to become a preacher, like my dad. Irene was dad and mom's third daughter of five, and when I was very young I could not pronounce her name. It always came out something close to 'Iweenie,' and still today she signs letters to me as 'your weenie.' I can still remember a time when her boyfriend Gail came to our house to visit during their college days. They would sit in the front room on the couch next to the tall wood record player that we had to crank before starting a 78rpm record. I would sneak into the room on my hands and knees to try and catch them sparking (kissing). Of course they knew I was doing this and Gail would put on a great show of giving Irene attention and suddenly 'discover' that I was crouching at the end of the couch watching. He always made a big production out of discovering me and feigning surprise, giving me much joy at my successful spying venture. After Irene and Gail finished school and got married they had a 'calling' - an inspired vision and passion. They decided that they wanted to go to the hills of Kentucky and start a church in some small mountain town that had no church. My brother-in-law Gail has recently passed on after a lifetime of joy walking one day at a time towards their passion. Over the years Gail and Irene started several new churches in the appalachian mountain area of Kentucky and Maryland, bringing a lot of love, friendship, fellowship and instruction to many good people. They never became what anyone would call financially wealthy, but they had, and Irene still has an abundance of love and joy in her life that many of us never know or could understand.
This tale of the founding of Fort Boonesborough is based in enough fact to make it fascinating to anyone with a mind towards history, and enough fiction to make it an exciting adventure. In 1775 Daniel Boone was hired by the Transylvania Company, owner of a large chunk of land in what is now Kentucky, to build a road through the hills and establish a settlement deep in the Transylvania land. He established Fort Boonseborough just as this movie shows, bringing more of his family after the initial fort was built and manned by 30 brave souls. The fort was attacked by Native American Indians so often over the years that it was eventually abandoned, and today stands restored as a state park and tourist attraction.
Bruce Bennett and Jacqueline Evans as Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca
Bruce Bennett and Freddy Fernandez
Bruce Bennett as Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
Carol Kelly and Faron Young
Freddy Fernandez and Faron Young
Jacqueline Evans and Nancy Rodman
Joe Ainley and Kem Dibbs
Lon Chaney Jr. and Kem Dibbs
Lon Chaney Jr. as Blackfish, leader of the Shawnee
Nancy Rodman and Faron Young
Nancy Rodman as Susannah Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone