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Radisson
(a.k.a. Tomahawk)

Title Card - RADISSON (a.k.a. 'TOMAHAWK')

Syndicated
1957
Drama
30 Minutes

The exploits of two frontier scouts as they traveled Canada's  frontier (known as New France) during the 17th century, including such regions as Lake Winnipeg, Hudson Bay and the Arctic Seas.

The frontier scouts included:

  • Jacques Godin as Pierre Esprit Radisson, a French explorer and mapper.
  • René Caron as Medard Chouart, Sieur Des Groseilliers, Pierre's brother-in-law and partner on his journeys.

Wearing buckskins and fur hats, our frontier heroes traveled northern wildernesses where they paddled canoes down mighty rivers, hunted animals for their meat and pelts, and built shelters to protect them from the harsh winter cold. 


Theme Song Lyrics
(written by John Lucarotti)

Radisson, Radisson,
Canada's courageous pioneer!
Radisson, Radisson,
Lord of the Wilderness,
The man who knew no fear


Radisson and Medard also had many adventures with Indians, some who wanted to kill them and others who wanted to be their friends and trading partners. The tribes were Huron, Iroquois, Cree and Ottawas. Indians of particular note included:

  • Raymond Royer as Onega, Radisson's blood brother.
  • Percy Rodriquez as Iroquois Chieftain
  • Jean Boisjoli as Mojida, a Huron Chieftain
  • Marc Forrez as Huron Medicine Man
  • Julien Bessette as Nahala, an Iroquois and Radisson's old nemesis.

Others to interact with Radisson and Medard included:

  • Francoise Faucher as Marguerite, Radisson's sister
  • Lionel Villeneuve as Pere Radisson
  • Laurette Fournier as Mere Radisson
  • Camille Ducharme as French Governor of 3 Rivers
  • William Robert Fournier as Dutch Governor of Fort Orange. 

Screen Captures from Radisson Intro

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  Screen Capture - RADISSON, a.k.a. 'TOMAHAWK'  

TRIVIA NOTE: Known as TOMAHAWK in the US,  the 26-episode RADISSON series was narrated in the style of a documentary that told tales of real events and historical characters that occurred in the early days of the Canadian frontier.

Pierre Esprit Radisson (1630-1710) was an actual explorer and map maker -- a Canadian version of Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett. His explorations led to the formation of The Hudson Bay Company that supported the fur trapping trade and later provided farming goods and supplies to settlers.

The series was produced by Omega Productions (Montreal Studios) and Radio Canada production for the CBC. It was filmed in black and white at Montreal studios and at Ile Perrot, on the St. Lawrence River southwest of Montreal.

FYI - The series is more of a Northern than a Western, but it has Indians, frontiersman and lots of action, so it belongs here.


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