Hatch's Mill (Series) (1967)

Hatch's Mill, backed out of the 19th century Upper Canada backwoods by patriarch Noah Hatch and his family, was a crossroads for the adventurers, the wayfarers, the military and professional men in pursuit of their duty, the immigrants, the con men in search of a sucker, the clowns of the road. Life is colorful, boisterous and tough in Hatch's Mill. Starred were Robert Christie. Cosette Lee, Marc Strange, and Sylvia Feigel as the Hatch family - Noah (the father), Maggie (the mother), Saul (the son) and Silence (the daughter). They operated the mill, the inn. the general store, and it was around them that the community revolved. Noah was also the local magistrate. The village was situated on the rough and lonely road that lead south to Toronto, north to the hinterland of bush and waterways. The time was somewhere between the War of 1812 and the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. Created by George Salverson, Hatch's Mill grew out of a pilot production, Hero at Hatch's Mill, seen on CBC in 1965.

Robert Christie .... Noah Hatch
Sylvia Feigel .... Silence Hatch
Diana Leblanc .... Silence Hatch (pilot episode)
Cosette Lee .... Maggie Hatch
Marc Strange .... Saul Hatch

Original Broadcaster(s): CBC

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byClick here to see the profile of this user Miramichier, September 25, 2009
I would love to see the episodes of this show again. It was hilarious.
I remember one episode in which a group came through the community escorting the body of a prospector from the North to his home in, I believe, the Maritimes. He had had himself preserved in a barrel of rum or whiskey for the trip.
Locals, including a charming rascal played by Gordon Pinsent (?), attempted to steal and drain the barrel. There may have been more than one group trying to get at it.
Eventually there was a battle for it, the wagon upset and the barrel rolled down a hill and shattered exposing -- a barrel shaped hunk of ice. Someone had got at the liquor somewhere earlier in the journey or, perhaps, before it even set out.
I loved the show. I don't think there was anything better on TV at the time. Come to think of it, I was living in Nova Scotia at the time and had access to only two stations although they carried most of the biggest US shows.
There was a huge hullabaloo in Parliament about it. The Opposition had fits about the CBC spending (gasp) $85,000 per episode to make it. As I remember it, that was the kiss of death for the show.
The fact that I went searching for information about the show after over 40 years gives you some idea of the impression it made on me at the time. I think that was my first exposure to Gordon Pinsent who has been one of the delights of my life ever since. My next memory of him is as "The Rowdyman," another wonderful story.

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