Daniel Boone (1936)

75 or 77 mins | Biography | 17 October 1936

Director:

David Howard

Writer:

Daniel Jarrett

Producer:

George A. Hirliman

Cinematographer:

Frank Good

Editor:

Ralph Dixon

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos
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HISTORY

In the onscreen credits, writer Edgcumb Pinchon's first name was misspelled "Edgecumb." The film's foreword states that while the story is "imaginative in some aspects," it is "faithful to the character and times." According to historical records as noted in modern sources, in 1775, as part of an agreement with Richard Henderson's Transylvania company, Daniel Boone led a group of settlers, which included his wife and daughter, from Yadkin, North Carolina to the Indian territory known as Kain-tu-kee. In the process of establishing Boonesborough (later spelled Boonesboro), he and his followers fought with and were captured by Indians. Instead of being named the fourteenth colony, the newly settled land was incorporated by Virginia as a county. Richard Henderson never succeeded in procuring legal title to the land. Simon Girty, called "The Great Renegade," led raids against settlers and soldiers, but not until 1778, after his participation in the American Revolution.
       Although a HR news item announced that the film was to have its premiere in Louisville, KY, release charts indicate that the national release date preceded the proposed premiere date. Many films and television shows based on the life of Daniel Boone have been made, including the 1923 short film Daniel Boone, which was part of the Yale University Press's Chronicles of America series; Daniel Boone Thru the Wilderness, a 1926 Sunset Productions film starring Roy Stewart and directed by either Frank S. Mattison or Robert N. Bradbury (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1197); Young Daniel Boone, a 1950 Monogram production starring David Bruce and directed by Reginald LeBorg; ...

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In the onscreen credits, writer Edgcumb Pinchon's first name was misspelled "Edgecumb." The film's foreword states that while the story is "imaginative in some aspects," it is "faithful to the character and times." According to historical records as noted in modern sources, in 1775, as part of an agreement with Richard Henderson's Transylvania company, Daniel Boone led a group of settlers, which included his wife and daughter, from Yadkin, North Carolina to the Indian territory known as Kain-tu-kee. In the process of establishing Boonesborough (later spelled Boonesboro), he and his followers fought with and were captured by Indians. Instead of being named the fourteenth colony, the newly settled land was incorporated by Virginia as a county. Richard Henderson never succeeded in procuring legal title to the land. Simon Girty, called "The Great Renegade," led raids against settlers and soldiers, but not until 1778, after his participation in the American Revolution.
       Although a HR news item announced that the film was to have its premiere in Louisville, KY, release charts indicate that the national release date preceded the proposed premiere date. Many films and television shows based on the life of Daniel Boone have been made, including the 1923 short film Daniel Boone, which was part of the Yale University Press's Chronicles of America series; Daniel Boone Thru the Wilderness, a 1926 Sunset Productions film starring Roy Stewart and directed by either Frank S. Mattison or Robert N. Bradbury (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1197); Young Daniel Boone, a 1950 Monogram production starring David Bruce and directed by Reginald LeBorg; Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer, a 1956 Republic picture starring Bruce Bennett and directed by Albert C. Gannaway and Ismael Rodriguez (see entry), and the NBC television series Daniel Boone, which starred Fess Parker and ran from 1964 to 1969.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Sep 1936
p. 3
Film Daily
22 Sep 1936
p. 8
Film Daily
30 Sep 1936
pp. 16-17
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 1936
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1936
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 1936
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1936
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
19 Sep 1936
p. 2
Motion Picture Herald
31 Oct 1936
p. 41
New York Times
24 Oct 1936
p. 23
Variety
28 Oct 1936
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Frank Sylos
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
Arthur Kaye
Mus dir
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd rec
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Make Way," words and music by Jack Stern and Harry Tobias; "In My Garden," words by Grace Hamilton, music by Jack Stern.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 October 1936
Production Date:
22 Jul--mid Sep 1936
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
12 October 1936
LP6632
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 77
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2500
SYNOPSIS

In 1775, frontiersman Daniel Boone prepares to lead a group of Colonial settlers from their home in Yadkin, North Carolina, across the Cumberland Mountains to a region known as Kain-tu-kee. Before leaving, Daniel sets out on a "hunting" trip with his Indian friend, Black "Blackie" Eagle, and finds his prey, the dreaded white renegade Simon Girty, who, with his small band of outlaw Indians, have murdered numerous settlers. Daniel and Black Eagle capture Girty but learn that, because of a recently signed treaty with the Indians, Girty cannot be tried for his crimes. Although he and the revenge-hungry settlers are frustrated by the law, they agree to free Girty to avoid trouble with the Indians. On the way to Kain-tu-kee, Daniel asks dandy Stephen Marlowe, who is in love with the pretty aristocratic settler Virginia Randolph, to ride ahead and tell the men who are driving the cattle herd to return to the main group. Marlowe, however, ignores Daniel's order, and the cattle herders are murdered that night by Girty. Furious, Daniel tells Marlowe to leave the group, but changes his mind when Virginia intercedes on Marlowe's behalf. Unknown to Virginia and Daniel, Marlowe and his rich political cohorts from Richmond are plotting to seize the land settled by Daniel by enforcing a law that requires squatters to acquire a legal title to their land claims by a certain date. Consequently, as soon as the new fortified settlement of Boonesborough is developed, Daniel is forced to ride to Richmond to save it from the Virginian politicians. In spite of Daniel's pleas, Marlowe refuses to bend the law, and Daniel rides sadly back to Boonesborough. ...

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In 1775, frontiersman Daniel Boone prepares to lead a group of Colonial settlers from their home in Yadkin, North Carolina, across the Cumberland Mountains to a region known as Kain-tu-kee. Before leaving, Daniel sets out on a "hunting" trip with his Indian friend, Black "Blackie" Eagle, and finds his prey, the dreaded white renegade Simon Girty, who, with his small band of outlaw Indians, have murdered numerous settlers. Daniel and Black Eagle capture Girty but learn that, because of a recently signed treaty with the Indians, Girty cannot be tried for his crimes. Although he and the revenge-hungry settlers are frustrated by the law, they agree to free Girty to avoid trouble with the Indians. On the way to Kain-tu-kee, Daniel asks dandy Stephen Marlowe, who is in love with the pretty aristocratic settler Virginia Randolph, to ride ahead and tell the men who are driving the cattle herd to return to the main group. Marlowe, however, ignores Daniel's order, and the cattle herders are murdered that night by Girty. Furious, Daniel tells Marlowe to leave the group, but changes his mind when Virginia intercedes on Marlowe's behalf. Unknown to Virginia and Daniel, Marlowe and his rich political cohorts from Richmond are plotting to seize the land settled by Daniel by enforcing a law that requires squatters to acquire a legal title to their land claims by a certain date. Consequently, as soon as the new fortified settlement of Boonesborough is developed, Daniel is forced to ride to Richmond to save it from the Virginian politicians. In spite of Daniel's pleas, Marlowe refuses to bend the law, and Daniel rides sadly back to Boonesborough. Before reaching the settlement, Daniel is captured by Girty but is saved from a flaming death by Black Eagle. The settlers do battle with Girty and the Indians for nine exhausting days and, with the help of a well-timed rain storm, finally defeat the Indians. Girty, however, refuses to surrender and murders Daniel's special friend, little Master Jerry. Filled with vengeance, Daniel kills Girty after a long fight. With Virginia at his side, Daniel then leads the surviving settlers west to pioneer more virgin territory.

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