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Hawkeye (John Hall) pays a visit to his mother (Esther Somers) with his
friend Chingachgook (Lon Chaney jr), the last of the Mohicans, to learn
that his younger brother Tommy (Don Garner) has joined the army & is
stationed at nearby Fort Henry. But no sooner has he heard that is Tommy
shot within ear's reach from his home. Hawkeye & Chingachgook find a
Mohawk leaning over the dead body, who runs off when he hears them, and
they find a Huron knife besides the body - but a Mohawk would never carry
a Huron knife, because "that bad medicine".
When Hawkeye & Chingachgook arrive at Fort henry, they learn that
Tommy, who was supposed to get reinforcements from Albany, has been
accused of treason by the Indian guide, Ogama (Michael Ansara) he had with
him ... exactly the Mohawk Hawkeye & Chingachgook saw leaning over his
body. When our heroes investigate a little, they find out that the Mohawk
is actually a Huron, who is in league with the French & tries to stop
the Albany-reinforcements from arriving at any cost, & the Hurons,
inleague with a treacherous captain of the fort, plan to attack the fort
with the French's help. But little good does that knowledge do Hawkeye
& Chingachgook, as they are soon arrested for treason themselves ...
Later that night, the Hurons attack, for some reason without help from
the French they have suddenly deemed no longer necessary, but womehow the
reinforcement from Albany arrives even without being asked for (?), so
pretty soon the Huron attack is under control, only Ogama makes off with
Marion (Lillian Fontaine), daughter of Fort Henry's general (Gregory
Gaye), & Hawkeye takes up pursuit that leads into Ottawa country ...
& the Ottawas are enemies of both white men and Hurons, so when Ogama,
Hawkeye & Marion are all captured by the Ottawa chief (Frank DeKova)
he makes Ogama & Hawkeye fight over the woman ... & guess who wins
in the end (hint: this was the first episode of a series called Hawkeye
and the Last of the Mohicans).
This first episode of a series called Hawkeye and the Last of the
Mohicans, which teams up never-quiote-made-it-big John Hall with
has-been & one time horror-icon Lon Chaney jr - visibly marked by his
heavy drinking & now relegated to a sidekick-fole - was probably also
the best episode of the series, inasmuch as it features quite some actiuon
missing from later entries & does feature a stringent plot - which is
also something not always found in later episodes. Still, it's a far way
from being really interesting.