Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 32

Death at Dawn (30 Apr. 1960)

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Organized crime comes to Virginia City -- in the form of a protection racket.



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Episode cast overview:
Robert Middleton ...
Sam Bryant
Farmer Perkins
Sheriff Biggs
Nancy Deale ...
Beth Cameron
Wendell Holmes ...
Judge Scribner
Hugh Sanders ...
Dr. Brahm
Peter Leeds ...
Ric Marlow ...
Scoffing Townsman
Anthony Jochim ...
Bill Edwards ...
Mr. Cameron


It's a sad day in Virginia City when Farmer Perkins shoots a store clerk down in cold blood right in front of his wife, then is allowed to walk after his trial. But if the Cartwright's have anything to do with it, he'll be rearrested, tried, and hung. Written by Michelle P.

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Laughing Farmer
15 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode always gets me. A man walks into the general store, asks the man to pay him for protection, then shoots him in cold blood when he refuses. But what appears to be an open and shut case is anything but when you have a town of people who are too afraid to say anything. Even the widow has to be convinced to testify what she saw him do with his own eyes...

Farmer Perkins' life is pure evil. He's one of those people that has absolutely no value for human life - except for his own. Even when he's found guilty and sentenced to hang, he laughs about it knowing that his friend who seems to run the town will clear everything up. If I'm not mistaken, the actor who plays Sam Bryant, Robert Middleston, played a baddie on The Monroes. He's another of those character actors who plays a good baddie...

Of course, Adam's vainness is allowed to show on this episode. I was with Ben and Little Joe and think the writer's did an injustice by letting Adam prove himself correct.

Good episode. 5 dead.

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