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ALL 39 EPISODES, FULLY RESTORED
Running Time: 986 minutes.
Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walsh, Leonard Ontkean, Juan Root, Peter Humphreys, John Vernon, Daryl Masters, Chris Wiggins, Powys Thomas, Edward Holmes, Rodney Burke, Hugh Watson, Fred Euringer, Arch McDonnell, Brian Smyth, John Paris, Sándor Naszódy, Stan Francis, George Barnes, Don Garrard, Helene Gilbert, Rex Devlin, Jacqueline Barnett, Bill Walker, Beryl Braithwaite, Joan White, Lloyd Chester, Michael Julian, James Barron, Eric Clavering, Charles Jarrott, Joan Blackman, Kay Hawtrey, Pegeen Rose and many more.
This popular 1957 TV series starred John Hart as Nat Cutler (aka “Hawkeye”) and Lon Chaney Jr as Chingachgook, the last surviving member of the Mohican tribe. John Hart had played the Lone Ranger, as well as acting in numerous westerns. Lon Chaney Jr., the son of Lon Chaney, featured alongside Gene Autry in The Singing Cowboy (1936), and made many films with 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, where he became a horror star. In 1957, Chaney travelled to Ontario, Canada to co-star with Hart in the first ever American-Canadian television production, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans. Loosely based on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Last of the Mohicans, published in 1826, the series portrayed a realistic view of frontier America with the settlers depicted as rugged people, carving out new lives in the small settlements of the wilderness. The Native Americans were portrayed as intelligent people with good and bad individuals among them. The stories take place in the 1750s, during the French and Indian War in the Hudson Valley. The plotlines follow Hawkeye and Chingachgook as they encounter redcoats from the British army, rescue settlers trapped in Indian territory and attempt to integrate the communities of Indian tribes and settlers. Themes include murder, witchcraft, robbery and kidnap. The two brave heroes take on bandits, warring tribesmen and renegade soldiers, always endeavouring to bring justice and peace to the frontier. The series was filmed in the city of Pickering, just east of Toronto, on a local farmstead and in a nearby valley. Sets were erected to include a complete log village from 1757 and a lake was used for water scenes, with an Indian village of teepees installed beside it. The series was the first to be shot in Canada, using local talent for much of the cast, extras being bussed to Pickering from Toronto. Local newspapers documented the filming with great excitement, noting that youngsters were besieging the building where Hart and Chaney were staying, attempting to catch a sight of “The Lone Ranger”.
Hawkeye finds out that his brother has joined the British army and is now a ‘redcoat’. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Michael Ansara, Max Showalter, Frank DeKova and Lilian Fontaine.
Hawkeye and Chingachgook find a group of new settlers trapped in the Huron’s territory. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., John Paris, Lloyd Chester, George Barnes and Elizabeth Cole.
After several people are murdered, Hawkeye seeks the help of his friend Benjamin Franklin. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Stan Francis, Bill Walsh, Leonard Ontkean, John Vernon and Les Rubie.
The Wild One.
A young Indian Doctor attempts to practice medicine while the townspeople practice intolerance. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Fred Euringer, Joan Blackman, Michael Ontkean, Chris Wiggins, John Vernon and Arch McDonnell.
The Delaware tribe, friends of Chingachcook, are framed for a murder they didn’t commit. Hawkeye sets out to prove their innocence. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walker, Powys Thomas, Earl Grey, Sándor Naszódy (as Alex Denaszody), Glynne Morris and William Timblin.
Tom and his father are attacked by Hurons. Tom runs away in fear, leaving his wounded father behind. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Jonathan White, Stan Francis, Norman Ettlinger, Kathleen Kidd and Larry D. Mann.
The Ethan Allen Story.
Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys are at war with ruthless tax collectors but Hawkeye intervenes. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Chris Wiggins, Stan Francis, George Barnes, Les Rubie and John Ringham.
Someone is going to a lot of trouble to convince the townspeople that a witch has cursed them but Hawkeye is determined to find the truth. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Arch McDonnell, Rosemary Palin, Norman Welsh, Glynne Morris, Juan Root and John Vernon.
The Medicine Man.
Hawkeye and Chingachcook find Wenatchgo, an old and respected medicine man an old and respected medicine man, wandering in the forest, driven out of the tribe by a younger, ambitious rival. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Dickson Kerwin, Fred Euringer, Eric Heath, Edward Holmes and Jon Gardner.
Hawkeye and Chingachgook find a young Irish girl called Bridget alone in the woods escaped from a man who claims to own her. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Leonard Ontkean, Iris Krangle, Chris Wiggins, Anne Roberge and Hugh Watson.
Hawkeye and Chingachkook rescue an elderly woman from kidnappers. She asks them to help her find her son. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Larry Solway, Marjorie Purvey, Ed McNamara, Cec Linder, Daryl Masters, Frank Perry and Alice Stacy.
Hawkeye and Chingachcook set out to help a young Native American, the long-lost son of a tribal chief. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Daryl Masters, Bonar Stuart, Tommy Tweed, Fred Euringer, Bob Van Stone, Gene Sandys and Richmond Nairne.
Army payroll messengers are found dead, murdered by a gang of bandits. Hawkeye and Chingachcook go undercover to find the killers. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Rodney Burke, Charles Jarrott, Bill Walsh, Don Garrard, Fried Diehl and Nonnie Griffin.
Fur trader McKenzie initiates a war between the Hurons and a nearby settlement. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walker, Daryl Masters, Patricia Moffatt, Arch McDonnell, Powys Thomas, Leonard Ontkean and Thor Arngrim.
Hawkeye sets out to help the Tuscarora tribe avoid starvation after a harsh winter. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Jonathan White, Bruce Webb, Leonard Ontkean, Vita Linder, Hugh Watson, Earl Grey and James Doohan.
The daughter of Mingo Chief Nocona must choose between two warring tribesmen. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., James Doohan, Rex Devlin, Marjorie Purvey, Frank Perry and Joan Blackman.
Tim is made to believe he killed someone and when he flees he becomes an easy scapegoat. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walker, John Ringham, Edward Holmes, Lloyd Chester and Alene Kamins.
Carpenter foolishly travels into the wilderness to establish a new settlement called Carpenterville. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Leonard Ontkean, Alan Zelonka, Don Garrard, Hugh Watson and Ruth Springford.
The Promised Valley.
A Tuscarawas brave tries to start a war which Hawkeye and Chingachgook endeavour to prevent. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walsh, Larry O’Connor, Richmond Nairne and Cec Linder.
A young woman with a past and a Seneca Chief attempt to stir the Iroquois into war with the settlers. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Pegeen Rose, Peter Humphreys, Bill Walsh and John Vernon.
A soldier is accused of stealing new breech loading rifles and selling them to the Native Americans, an offence viewed as treason. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Michael Julian, Norman Welsh, Charles Jarrot and Don Sinclair.
Mike is returning home to marry, unaware that his fiancée and family have been murdered. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Brian Smith, Edward Holmes, Larry O’Connor, Sándor Naszódy (as Alex Denaszody), Peter Humphreys and Rodney Burke.
Tolliver and his outlaw gang of former pirates has kidnapped two women and demands a ransom of 1000 pounds. Hawkeye goes undercover in a rescue attempt. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., John Vernon, Bruce Webb, Don Baker, Ben Lennick and Jacqueline Barnett.
The Colonel and his Lady.
Chief Black Wolf is accused of breaking the treaty. It is up to Hawkeye and Chingachgook to clear them. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Brian Smith, George Barnes, Alan Chrysler, Sándor Naszódy (as Alex Denaszody), Bill Walsh, Rex Devlin, Leonard Ontkean, Ria Sohier and Arch McDonnell.
Surveyor George Washington aids a young woman whose land grant is threatened by a wicked innkeeper. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Rodney Burke, Dawn Lesley, Joan White, Ben Lennick, Bill Walsh and Larry D. Mann.
Frontier wives hope to join their husbands in time for Christmas. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Kay Hawtrey, Tony Brown, Angela Fusco, Winnifred Springett, Daryl Masters, James Barron, Jon Granick, Juan Root and Peter Humphreys.
More unrest brews between the Ottawas and the settlers. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Chris Wiggins, Michael Julian, John Vernon, Bobby Barringer, Arch McDonnell and David Sniderman.
La Salle’s Treasure.
Fortune hunters seek a treasure rumoured to have belonged to the French explorer La Salle. Hawkeye realises it is hidden in a sacred Dakota burial ground. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Rodney Burke, John Hardinge, Powys Thomas, Lawrence Beatty and Rex Devlin.
Lt. Briggs breaks the treaty by chasing a Native American beyond the recognised border and is ambushed. Hawkeye and Chingachgook are assigned to escort him to his court-martial and probable hanging. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Brian Smith, Shane Rimmer, Bill Walsh, Pat Morgan, Juan Root and Michael Ferens.
A series of thefts made by a gang wearing the masks of the Mingo False Faces are falsely attributed to the innocent medicine men. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walsh, Peter Humphreys, Larry D. Mann, Helene Gilbert, Fred Euringer, Edward Holmes and Jon Granik.
The Morristown Story.
Hawkeye has tracked outlaw Simon Girty to Morristown, but he and Chingachgook are turned away. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., George Barnes, Beryl Braithwaite, Powys Thomas, Juan Root, Lloyd Chester and Hugh Watson.
A young lieutenant seeks blind vengeance for the brutal murders of his parents. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Rodney Burke, Chris Wiggins, Powys Thomas, John Vernon and Juan Root.
Hawkeye and Chingachcook match their wits against two thieves with phoney identities. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., James Barron, Don Garrard, Edward Holmes, Lee Crawford, Brendan Dillon and Eric Clavering.
Hawkeye and Chingachgook escort young Greg to his Aunt and Uncle’s home after his parents’ deaths; however, Hawkeye and Chingachgook suspect he may need protection. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., David Hastings, Chris Wiggins, Jacqueline Barnett, Eric Clavering, Peter Humphreys, Tom Busby and Michael Baker.
The Royal Grant.
Cressing claims to have a royal grant giving him ownership of the town, granted by King Charles. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Brian Smyth, Iris Krangle, John Hardinge, John Vernon, John Paris, Julian Flett, Norman Ettlinger and Lloyd Chester.
The Long Rifles.
Someone is selling illegal guns to the Native Americans. The townspeople blame gunsmith Eben Cotten. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Brendan Dillon, Jan Campbell, Larry Solway, Juan Root, Powys Thomas and Sam Donaldson.
Freedom of the press is threatened when the Baxterville newspaper editor is framed for murder. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Don Sinclair, Betty Leighton, Jim Barringer, Colin Eaton, James Barron, Les Lawrence, Daryl Masters, Juan Root and Donald Ewer.
The Indian Doll
Little Snowbird falls into a deep trance after Hawkeye presents her with a doll. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Ed Wilson, Henry Comor, Eric Clavering, Rochelle Goldstein, Vita Linder and Les Rubie.
Circle of Hate
Threats to ignite a war between the colonial forces and the Iroquois nation increase after several unexplained deaths. Cast: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr., Bill Walsh, Michael Julian, Leonard Ontkean, Don Garrard and Barry Nesbitt.