Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 18

A House Divided (16 Jan. 1960)

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Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart.

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Frederick Kyle
Stacy Harris ...
Regis
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Gorman
Marianne Stewart ...
Lily Van Cleet Kyle
Howard Wendell ...
Hennessy
Dan Riss ...
Tom Madigan
Mickey Simpson ...
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Kenneth MacDonald ...
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Mine Owner (as J. Stafford Repp)
Barry Cahill ...
Luke
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Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart.

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The title comes from the gospel of Mark and was used by Abraham Lincoln describing a country that is half free and half slave. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." See more »

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Episode #1.18 (16 January, 1960), the character Frederick Kyle (Cameron Mitchell) has one arm. In a fight sequence, and later when Kyle throws a hat, the actor's other arm can be seen hidden under his coat. See more »

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Ben Cartwright: [to Adam and Little Joe] Brother against brother? How dare you, either of you!
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Brother against brother and son against father
17 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that show us that even the most loving and close-knit family has problems in the time of crisis. For the most part, Bonanza stayed clear of the Civil War. Now and then a reference was made about it, but in this episode we learn that the North and South are having aggravating problems against each other. War hasn't started yet, but Abraham Lincoln made his speech declaring "A House Divided..."

The most profound part of this episode is when Joe gets mixed up with a man who's allegiances are toward the South. He's trying to force people to take sides, and he forced Joe to have a falling out with his brother. Joe's mother was from the south and Adam's mother was from the North. For some reason, this put the two brothers against each other.

We can tell through watching this episode that the rift in his family hurts Ben badly. I can only imagine how many families were split up and never healed due to such issues as this one.

I don't think anybody died in this episode.


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