Bonanza (1959–1973)
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A House Divided 

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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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
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Lily Van Cleet Kyle
Howard Wendell ...
Hennessy
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Tom Madigan
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Barry Cahill ...
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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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16 January 1960 (USA)  »

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The title is taken from Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark 3:25 (with parallels in Matthew 12:25 and Luke 11:17): "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln famously used the words to describe his divided nation in a June 16, 1858 speech. 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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Northern Miner: The South would never praise the thinkin' of a man like Abe Lincoln.
Frederick Kyle: A man who honestly knows what he believes, and has courage enough to act on it, is a man deserving of praise from all men.
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The Civil War Comes To The Ponderosa
8 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Cameron Mitchell comes to Virginia City in this episode of Bonanza entitled after Lincoln's famous quote from the Bible that A House Divided cannot stand. In this case it's the residence of the Ponderosa that is shaking because of Mitchell's presence.

This is one of the few, maybe the only episode of Bonanza that dealt with the Civil War. As followers of the show know Lorne Greene's three wives hailed from different parts of the country. Pernell Roberts's mother was from New England, Dan Blocker's from the Missouri border state area, and Michael Landon's from New Orleans.

When Mitchell comes to town he accidentally on purpose meets up with Michael Landon and told him that he knew his mother way back when they were living in New Orleans together. Fans of Bonanza also know that to mention the mothers of any of the boys is to strike a vulnerable chord. With Landon in tow and seemingly the Cartwright imprimatur on his actions, Mitchell tries enlisting the Comstock Lode silver mine owners to the Confederate cause.

Of course all this causes discord on the Ponderosa and more I won't go into. Let's say Lorne Greene had his hands full keeping the family together.

This was one of the most memorable episodes from early Bonanza where politics nearly renders the Cartwrights asunder.


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