Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans - False Witness
Sigmund Neufeld, Leon Fromkess (executive) for Normandie Productions, Canadian Television Corporation
directed by Sam Newfield
starring John Hart, Lon Chaney jr, Rodney Bunker, Charles Jarrot, William Walsh, Donald Gerrard, Frederick Diehl, Margaret Griffin, Sid Brown, John Paris
written by Louis Stevens, based on characters created by James Fenimore Cooper
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, Last of the Mohicans, Hawkeye, Deerslayer
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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, the army payroll is robbed with
great regularity, & those delivering it are regularly killed. So
Colonel Courtney (William Walsh) has the idea of sending Hawkeye (John
Hart) & Chingachgook (Lon Chaney jr) to the middle of nowhere, to
manage the trading post (which pretty much means they become storeclerks),
Soon they have found a bad guy in Sam Martin (Frederick Diehl), but have
no real proof against him. So Hawkeye comes up with the plan to set up a
trap with the next payroll messengers coming through. But the trap doesn't
work, as Sam MArtin hasn't been idle & planted conclusive evidence on
Jim Foster (Donald Gerrard), who has already been established as a good
guy, but with the evidence even Hawkeye & Chingachgook have to have
himarrested, even if they know better. The payroll, consequently, is not
robbed, since this would shift suspicion from Foster.
So Hawkeye does what everybody with no new ideas would do: He sets the
same trap again a few days later, & this time it springs on Foster
& his gang, Martin is released, & Hawkeye & Chingachgook give
up their job at the trading post ...
Hawkeye & Chingachgook as store clerks, Chingachgook refusing to
sell firewater to Indians (just picture it, Lon Chaney jr, a self
confessed drinker - & he looks it - for most of his life, refusing
alcohl to anyone), Chingachgook sleeping on the job ... all of this might
sound unintentionally funny (& it is), but in total, this episode is
(again) rather boring than anything else.