Bonanza: Season 4, Episode 4

A Hot Day for a Hanging (14 Oct. 1962)

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While making a payment delivery, Hoss is wrongfully accused of being a bank robber with the money being his loot.


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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Tom Stedman
Olive Sturgess ...
Mary Ann Wilson
Jesse Fillmore
Terry Becker ...
Kelly Thordsen ...
Ned Larson
John Harmon ...
Gene Roth ...
Milton Conley
Rayford Barnes ...
Lane Bradford ...
John Mitchum ...
Robert Carson ...
Elmer Horner


Hoss is on his way to deliver a large sum of money for his father Ben, $12,000 to be exact, when he's arrested by the new sheriff of Dutchman's Flat, where the teller had been killed and the bank robbed of exactly $12,000. Hoss can prove his innocence with a telegraph message but the sheriff won't send it because he's trying to prove his worth to the townspeople. Written by the95dillon

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14 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Rehashed plot- that is too predictable.
8 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is another episode that involves one of the Cartwright boys being accused of a murder that he did not commit. This time the character is Hoss when he is arrest outside of a small town that recently had a bank robbery that involved the killing of Ed Wilson, a respected town person.

One of the local drunks is duped into fingering Hoss for the killing. And this sets off the townsfolk wanting a lynching instead of waiting for a trial.

The local sheriff, played by Denver Pyle, is not the most popular guy in town until the townsfolk believe he has captured Ed's murderer. The sheriff likes his new fame and refuses to send out a telegram that would prove Hoss's innocents. But soon he realizes that he can no longer control his town as they demand a lynching with or without any evidence.

This is again a very predictable and repeated episode. This is played out again and again during the entire series of 'Bonanza'. Without needing a spoiler we all know that the last five minutes will produce some action that could possibly save Hoss from hanging. Just way too predictable.

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