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12 September 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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That All-Important 1959 Pilot! See more (43 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 777)

Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright / ... (430 episodes, 1959-1973)

Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / ... (427 episodes, 1959-1973)

Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / ... (415 episodes, 1959-1972)

Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright (200 episodes, 1959-1965)
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Series Directed by
William F. Claxton (56 episodes, 1962-1973)
Lewis Allen (42 episodes, 1960-1973)
Leon Benson (35 episodes, 1967-1970)
Don McDougall (31 episodes, 1961-1965)
William Witney (27 episodes, 1961-1967)
Christian Nyby (26 episodes, 1959-1967)
Michael Landon (14 episodes, 1968-1973)
John Florea (12 episodes, 1960-1965)
Leo Penn (11 episodes, 1968-1972)
Herschel Daugherty (11 episodes, 1969-1972)
Gerd Oswald (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Don Richardson (9 episodes, 1968-1971)
Robert Altman (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Wiard (8 episodes, 1969-1972)
Tay Garnett (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Murray Golden (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Donald R. Daves (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Joseph Pevney (6 episodes, 1968-1972)
Ralph E. Black (5 episodes, 1964-1966)
R.G. Springsteen (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Virgil W. Vogel (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
James Neilson (4 episodes, 1960-1970)
John Rich (4 episodes, 1960-1968)
Joseph Kane (3 episodes, 1959)
Paul Landres (3 episodes, 1959)
Charles F. Haas (3 episodes, 1960)
Arthur Lubin (3 episodes, 1960)
Dick Moder (3 episodes, 1961)
Robert L. Friend (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Marc Daniels (3 episodes, 1968)
Philip Leacock (3 episodes, 1971)
James P. Yarbrough (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Thomas Carr (2 episodes, 1961)
William D. Faralla (2 episodes, 1961)
Arthur H. Nadel (2 episodes, 1963-1971)
Bernard McEveety (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert Totten (2 episodes, 1965)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1967)
Nicholas Webster (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
Nicholas Colasanto (2 episodes, 1972)
Alf Kjellin (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Writing credits
David Dortort (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
John Hawkins (28 episodes, 1961-1972)
Michael Landon (20 episodes, 1962-1973)
Preston Wood (19 episodes, 1962-1972)
Thomas Thompson (17 episodes, 1959-1969)
Ward Hawkins (17 episodes, 1961-1973)
Frank Chase (14 episodes, 1961-1969)
Frank Cleaver (12 episodes, 1962-1965)
Jack B. Sowards (11 episodes, 1968-1972)
Robert Vincent Wright (10 episodes, 1961-1971)
B.W. Sandefur (9 episodes, 1968-1971)
Anthony Lawrence (8 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ken Pettus (8 episodes, 1964-1971)
Suzanne Clauser (8 episodes, 1965-1972)
Joel Murcott (8 episodes, 1967-1973)
Stanley Roberts (8 episodes, 1969-1972)
Alex Sharp (7 episodes, 1963-1968)
Carey Wilber (5 episodes, 1959-1969)
John Furia (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert V. Barron (5 episodes, 1963-1967)
Paul Schneider (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Walter Black (5 episodes, 1966-1968)
Gene L. Coon (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert E. Thompson (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Ingalls (4 episodes, 1961-1972)
William R. Cox (4 episodes, 1961-1966)
Denne Bart Petitclerc (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Norman Lessing (4 episodes, 1961-1963)
Warren Douglas (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lois Hire (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
William L. Stuart (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Peter Packer (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Sabaroff (4 episodes, 1964-1967)
Donn Mullally (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
Jo Pagano (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
William Blinn (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Arthur Heinemann (4 episodes, 1970-1973)
Robert Pirosh (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Donald S. Sanford (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1960-1968)
Steve McNeil (3 episodes, 1960-1967)
Laurence Heath (3 episodes, 1960)
Arnold Belgard (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Lewis Reed (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Elliott Arnold (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
N.B. Stone Jr. (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ed Adamson (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jerry Adelman (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert Goodwin (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
William F. Leicester (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Mort Thaw (3 episodes, 1966)
Milton S. Gelman (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Michael Fessier (3 episodes, 1968)
Arthur Weingarten (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Herman Groves (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Al C. Ward (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Oliver Crawford (2 episodes, 1960-1967)
John T. Dugan (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert M. Fresco (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
George W. George (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Judy George (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Charles Lang (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
E.M. Parsons (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Borden Chase (2 episodes, 1962)
Dick Nelson (2 episodes, 1962)
Richard P. McDonagh (2 episodes, 1963-1970)
Eric Norden (2 episodes, 1963-1967)
Leo Gordon (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Paul Leslie Peil (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jack Turley (2 episodes, 1964-1967)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
Mort R. Lewis (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Don Tait (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Jessica Benson (2 episodes, 1964)
William Bruckner (2 episodes, 1964)
Murray Golden (2 episodes, 1964)
William Koenig (2 episodes, 1965-1971)
Martha Wilkerson (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Elliott Gilbert (2 episodes, 1966-1969)
John M. Chester (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Frederick Louis Fox (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Helen B. Hicks (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sidney Ellis (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Marc Michaels (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack Miller (2 episodes, 1967-1970)
Richard Wendley (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
James Amesbury (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Germano (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Alf Harris (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
S.H. Barnett (2 episodes, 1968)
Colin MacKenzie (2 episodes, 1968)
William H. Wright (2 episodes, 1968)
D.C. Fontana (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Larry Markes (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jess Carneol (2 episodes, 1969)
Kay Lenard (2 episodes, 1969)
Joseph Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1972)

Fred Hamilton (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David Dortort .... producer / executive producer (425 episodes, 1959-1973)
James W. Lane .... associate producer / production executive / ... (242 episodes, 1961-1968)
Richard Collins .... producer (127 episodes, 1968-1973)
John Hawkins .... associate producer (85 episodes, 1969-1973)
Thomas Thompson .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1960-1961)
Robert Blees .... producer (12 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Stillman .... production executive (6 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Original Music by
David Rose (324 episodes, 1959-1973)
Harry Sukman (30 episodes, 1969-1972)
Walter Scharf (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
 
Series Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs (134 episodes, 1960-1972)
William P. Whitley (76 episodes, 1962-1968)
Ted Voigtlander (32 episodes, 1968-1973)
Lester Shorr (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Walter Castle (28 episodes, 1961-1962)
William E. Snyder (17 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harkness Smith (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marvin Coil (94 episodes, 1959-1969)
Ellsworth Hoagland (81 episodes, 1959-1968)
Everett Douglas (74 episodes, 1959-1967)
Jack Harnish (17 episodes, 1967-1972)
Danny B. Landres (16 episodes, 1968-1970)
George Watters (10 episodes, 1971-1973)
Richard L. Van Enger (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
Archie Marshek (3 episodes, 1967)
Edward Haire (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Otho Lovering (2 episodes, 1962)
Harry Coswick (2 episodes, 1970)
Daniel A. Nathan (2 episodes, 1970)
George A. Gittens (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Maybery (3 episodes, 1960-1963)
 
Series Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick (331 episodes, 1959-1971)
Hal Pereira (270 episodes, 1959-1967)
E. Preston Ames (10 episodes, 1971-1972)
Carl Anderson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
George Renne (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Grace Gregory (323 episodes, 1959-1972)
Sam Comer (201 episodes, 1959-1967)
Robert R. Benton (79 episodes, 1959-1967)
Bob Signorelli (9 episodes, 1971-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor / hair styling supervisor / ... (277 episodes, 1959-1967)
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor / makeup artist (277 episodes, 1959-1967)
Jeanette Marvin .... hair stylist / hair style supervisor / ... (63 episodes, 1968-1973)
Marvin C. Thompson .... makeup supervisor / makeup artist (63 episodes, 1968-1973)
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (24 episodes, 1969-1973)
Beau Wilson .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
 
Series Production Management
Kent McCray .... production manager / production supervisor / ... (295 episodes, 1962-1973)
Donald R. Daves .... unit production manager (57 episodes, 1968-1973)
Andrew J. Durkus .... unit production manager (48 episodes, 1960-1961)
John Banse .... production supervisor (34 episodes, 1961-1962)
James W. Lane .... production supervisor (30 episodes, 1959-1960)
Shiu Look .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Dick Mang .... unit production manager / unit manager (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Don Robb .... unit production manager / unit manager (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (66 episodes, 1961-1965)
Donald R. Daves .... assistant director (51 episodes, 1963-1967)
John Burch .... assistant director (34 episodes, 1960-1962)
Wilbur D'Arcy .... assistant director (27 episodes, 1968-1972)
Miles Middough .... assistant director (26 episodes, 1966-1969)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1969-1973)
Clancy Herne .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Walter Daniels .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1962-1963)
Henry E. Brill .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Bud Brill .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1960)
John Barnwell .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Ned Dobson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1961)
George Walls .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Art Department
Dwight Thompson .... property master (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (64 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert Ayres .... illustrator (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Sound Department
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (348 episodes, 1959-1973)
Joel Moss .... sound recordist / sound (261 episodes, 1961-1970)
Lyle Figland .... sound recordist (234 episodes, 1959-1968)
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harley Ramsey .... sound recordist (32 episodes, 1969-1973)
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist (30 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack F. Lilly .... sound recordist / sound (22 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Weaver .... sound recordist (18 episodes, 1970-1973)
 
Series Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects / special effects crew (146 episodes, 1959-1963)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography (9 episodes, 1959-1964)
 
Series Stunts
Bob Miles .... stunts / stunt double: Michael Landon / ... (98 episodes, 1959-1969)
Bill Clark .... stunts / stunt double: Dan Blocker / ... (66 episodes, 1959-1969)
Hal Burton .... stunts / stunt double / ... (16 episodes, 1966-1969)
Henry Wills .... stunt double: Pernell Roberts / stunts / ... (14 episodes, 1961-1972)
Alex Sharp .... stunts / stunt double: George Kennedy / ... (13 episodes, 1961-1968)
Troy Melton .... stunts / stunt double: 'James Beck (IV / ... (9 episodes, 1959-1969)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts / stunt double: Bobby Byles / ... (6 episodes, 1965-1970)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fred Carson .... stunts / stunt double: Michael Ross (3 episodes, 1961-1967)
Clint Sharp .... stunts / stunt double (3 episodes, 1963-1967)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (2 episodes, 1959)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double: 'Carl Reindel' (qv / stunt double: Guy Williams (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (2 episodes, 1962)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (2 episodes, 1965-1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (333 episodes, 1959-1973)
Elmer Faubion .... assistant camera (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Wilbur Kinnett .... chief set electrician (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Allan Lum Li .... video controller (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
James V. King .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Casting Department
William Maybery .... casting supervisor (282 episodes, 1959-1968)
Milt Hamerman .... casting supervisor (52 episodes, 1968-1972)
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (4 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dario Piazza .... costumer / costumer: men (110 episodes, 1966-1973)
Floydine Alexander .... costumer: women (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
 
Series Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (316 episodes, 1960-1973)
Bill Wistrom .... post-production coordinator (160 episodes, 1967-1973)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor (59 episodes, 1968-1973)
Alex Quiroga .... color consultant (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Allan Lum Li .... telecine engineer (27 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (429 episodes, 1959-1973)
Ray Evans .... composer: theme music (373 episodes, 1959-1973)
Jay Livingston .... composer: theme music (371 episodes, 1959-1973)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (181 episodes, 1959-1964)
Edna Bullock .... music editor (69 episodes, 1970-1973)
William Lava .... music supervisor / composer: theme music (67 episodes, 1960-1965)
David Rose .... composer: theme music (54 episodes, 1970-1972)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar soloist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (1 episode, 1971)
 
Series Other crew
Frank Cleaver .... story consultant (134 episodes, 1961-1965)
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor / script continuity (97 episodes, 1964-1973)
Robert Stillman .... production executive (94 episodes, 1962-1965)
John Hawkins .... story consultant / executive story consultant (55 episodes, 1966-1969)
Thomas Thompson .... executive consultant / story editor (39 episodes, 1960-1967)
Denne Bart Petitclerc .... story consultant (33 episodes, 1965-1966)
John S. Peters .... technical advisor (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
James W. Lane .... production executive (27 episodes, 1960-1961)
Richard P. McDonagh .... story consultant (26 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ward Hawkins .... story editor (25 episodes, 1968-1971)
Allan Lum Li .... broadcast video tape engineer (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
Patricia Falken Smith .... story editor (13 episodes, 1959-1960)
Laurence Heath .... story consultant (12 episodes, 1960)
Edward W. Walsh .... story editor (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jo Pagano .... story consultant (6 episodes, 1965)
Brian McKay .... story editor (6 episodes, 1969)
Sidney Marshall .... executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (4 episodes, 1964-1967)
Erika Wernher .... script continuity (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
William D. Gordon .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1972)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Anthony Wilson .... story consultant (2 episodes, 1963)
William Douglas Lansford .... story consultant (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack B. Sowards .... executive story consultant / story editor (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
Clyde Ware .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1972)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ponderosa" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
49 min (430 episodes)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Finland:K-11 (DVD) (2006)

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Trivia:
In 1968, Dan Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series as he was approaching forty and losing hair. He joined the ranks of his fellow co-stars Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both of whom began the series with hairpieces (Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life too, whereas Roberts preferred not wearing his, even to rehearsals/blocking). Michael Landon was the only original cast member who was wig-free throughout the series, as even Victor Sen Yung's Hop Sing wore an attached queue (ponytail).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Floor model wheel slot machine in saloon was not built until 1896.See more »
Quotes:
[running gag]
Ben Cartwright:Hey, Joe, do you know the difference between a table and an ottoman?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright:Sure I do.
Ben Cartwright:Then take your feet off the table!
[Hoss rolls his eyes]
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright:He'll never learn to do that.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Diner (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
BonanzaSee more »

FAQ

How did the characters Adam and Hoss leave the series?
What were the reasons for Pernell Roberts abrupt departure from the series?
Little Joe's middle name
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
That All-Important 1959 Pilot!, 7 February 2005
Author: StuOz

I only got onto this show in recent years. Episodes from various seasons would appear at a local video store or on afternoon television. I was not viewing it in production order and I think it needs to be seen in production order as it is a show about a growing family, the Cartwrights! I found it all a bit too studiobound but found the Cartwrights reasonably interesting but nothing that would change my average view of western shows. Then one day I went to a friends place and he got out a copy of the Bonanza pilot of 1959!

A Rose For Lotta (1959, 50 minutes) is a well directed pilot that captures the vast open fields of The Ponderosa, but more importantly, it captures the Cartwrights as we never see them in the series. They fist fight with each other, they fire guns in the air when invaders enter the land, they threaten invaders with murder, this pilot is in my top five western shows (big screen or little screen) of all time!

The pilot story is about powerful silver barons (including Yvonne DeCarlo) appearing on the Ponderosa and taking Joe hostage in return for valuable timber. The acting from the regulars takes on a 1950s theatrical edge instead of the usual sleepwalking acting (best explained this way, think of Chuck Heston in 1959 Ben-Hur compared to Chuck Heston in 1974 Earthquake) and this hour is something you will never forget. Enjoy!

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