When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately ... See full summary »

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When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately the land is next to and very racist farmer and things turn deadly. Written by Directorgene

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22 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Guest stars Ricardo Montalban (Matsou) and Madlyn Rhue (Hatoya) would again team up in the 1967 first season "Star Trek" episode "Space Seed" in which Montalban played the part of Khan Noonian Singh and Rhue had the part of Lieutenant Marla McGivers. Also, Anthony Caruso (Lagos) would appear in the 1968 second season "Star Trek" episode "A Piece of the Action" as Bela Oxmyx. See more »

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[Matsou prevents Lagos from scalping Ben Cartwright]
Lagos: Why do you stop me?
Matsou: Because I do not want to pay for the stupidity of my brother!
Lagos: Only you think it is stupid to kill the white man!
Matsou: I know that if you scalp a white man, the Bannocks would be blamed.
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Good Elements Go Haywire
7 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I thought that Day Of Reckoning might be a Bonanza episode with elements of Romeo and Juliet in it. If it had stuck to that plot the cast could have given it good performances. Unfortunately the story line goes off on some unseen tangents and the ending was a total cop out.

Ricardo Montalban and Madelyn Rhue play an exiled Bannock Indian and his wife who are right now camped in a little used corner of the Ponderosa. Montalban is exiled because he took a wife who was a Shoshone and neither tribe wants them.

When Montalban saves Lorne Greene from a knifing at the hands of his elder brother Anthony Caruso, the Cartwrights are naturally grateful, but another neighbor Karl Swenson just doesn't like Indians of any kind. Before the film is over a lot of the guest cast is dead due to a lot of bigotry and hatred.

One of the things that made Bonanza so popular was many times the episodes had a strong moral value to them. This was one of them, but the execution left a lot to be desired.


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