An alcoholic saloon girl changes her life with the help of Ben and an ex-prizefighter who falls in love with her.





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Episode cast overview:
Rita Marlowe
Mase Sindell
Harry Hickox ...
Dink Martin
Tiny Mack
Bill Edwards ...
Don Kennedy ...
John Indrisano ...


While in San Francisco on business, Ben meets Rita, a friend from the past. He's surprised to find that she is now an alcoholic saloon girl. He convinces her to come stay at the Ponderosa for a month, no strings attached. While there, she meets Mace, an ex-prizefighter who falls in love with her. Rita accepts a payoff to get Mace to accept an invitation to fight when he doesn't want to fight. Ben must confront both Rita and Mace in order to help them both. Written by Charles Delacroix

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17 March 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hard hearted Ruta
16 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ruta Lee and Don Megowan guest star in this Bonanza episode. Ruta is a widow who Ben Cartwright knew back in the day. But Lorne Greene knew her as a wife with two children. She was the only one who escaped from a hotel fire that killed her family. Now she sings in saloons and drinks up half the bar at the same time.

Megowan is a former heavyweight boxing contender who has hung up the bare knuckles and now works as a saloon swamper. He and Ruta are hitting it off and he gets an offer to stay five rounds from his former manager Harry Hickox to stay with his new boy Roger Torrey.

It's right about now we find out just how twisted and hard hearted Ruta has become.

The guest casts definitely takes over this Bonanza story. You'll not forget Ruta Lee in this one.

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