Bonanza (1959–1973)
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A Rose for Lotta 

Lotta Crabtree is hired by mining tycoon Alpheus Troy to lure one of the Cartwrights into town and hold him for ransom in exchange for Ponderosa timber rights.




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Episode cast overview:
Alpheus Troy
Aaron Cooper
George Garvey
Christopher Dark ...
Langford Poole
Hop Ling
Stagecoach Driver


The widower Ben Cartwright is running a huge cattle ranch in Nevada called the Ponderosa. He has been married thrice, and has an adult son with each of the three wives. Adam is the oldest of them, Hoss the biggest, and Little Joe the youngest and cutest. In nearby Virginia City three mine owners are in great need of more wood to be able to build tunnels to new bonanzas. Ben Cartwright has much wood on his ranch, but refuses to cut it down. The mine owners get the idea to hire a famous actress, Lotta Crabtree, who could lure Little Joe to Virginia City, where they can hold him as a hostage. If Ben Cartwright still refuses to sell any wood to them, they will kill his son. Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Release Date:

12 September 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title and the story deals with Lotta Crabtree, an American actress who toured the country and became one of the wealthiest and most beloved American entertainers of the late 19th century. See more »


Joe tells Lotta his mother's name was Felicia. This is changed in later episodes to Marie. See more »


Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: That would be the day when anybody tried to josh with you, you Yankee granite head!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are scrolled over the Ponderosa map with a different instrumental version of the "Bonanza" theme. See more »


Referenced in Bonanza: Return Engagement (1970) See more »


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Performed by Loetta Crabtree
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This was amazing for 1959, no wonder everyone liked Bonanza
20 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an amazing kick off for one of the best TV series ever on the air. I had no idea that these early episodes were done in color. We didn't get a color TV in our Family until about 1971, so I only knew them in Black and white. I'm sure if you were lucky enough to have a color TV back then you would have been blown away by Yvonne D Carlo as well as the scenery of the Ponderosa Ranch. It helped explain how the three brothers were from three different mothers. It must have been a major feat getting a big star like Yvonne D Carlo to do a TV show at the time. She has always been one the world's most beautiful and exotic looking actress's of all times, a true timeless beauty.

I also noticed a bit part by a guy named Ned Glass that I had recognized from a 3-stooges short (From nurse to Worse 1940)(he was in many 3-stooges and was a friend of Moe Howards) I remembered this as a kid but never could connect the dots until the invention IMDb. He always played a small time crook in many bits parts. Like Freddie the forger in Get Smart. He was from Poland born one year before my grandfather who was a Polish/Russian Immigrant also, that probably wouldn't have made it through WWII if he had stayed in Poland.

A Great start for one of the best and longest running westerns TV shows of all time! (I miss them all)

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