As is often the case on Bonanza, things are not always as they first seem. Hoss and Adam eventually learn who is the good guy and who is not.



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Episode cast overview:
Marshal Emmett Dowd
Fintan Meyler ...
Andrea Strasser
Dave Walker
Dr. Anton Strasser
Micah Bailey
Ron Hayes ...
Hurd Cutler
Charlie - Stagecoach Driver
Tom Greenway ...
Deputy Dan


When a brutal U.S. Marshal arrests one of the Ponderosa's workers for murder to transport him to Los Angeles for trial, and a doubtful Hoss and Adam come along in the stagecoach, along with a Dr. and his beautiful daughter, to make sure the Marshal doesn't kill him before they get there. The question also arises later of whether the ranch worker is really guilty and dangerous after all. Written by Directorgene

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Release Date:

20 February 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Desert Justice" is the first of four episodes of "Bonanza" in which Claude Akins appeared. The others are "The Mill", "Sam Hill" and "The Deserter". See more »


In the scene where the stagecoach stops and meets up with Cutler - shortly after Cutler talks about his partner, the stagecoach driver, Charlie, has his leg over the rail of the seat. Every shot of Claude Akins afterwards shows Charlie with his leg down off the rail. For the rest of the scene Charlie's leg keeps swapping back and forth. At the end of the scene when they are leaving, Charlie once again takes his leg off the rail. See more »


[first lines]
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Can't you load it any faster, Joe?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Can't I load it any faster?
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A Perilous Stagecoach Journey
5 November 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It seems like any other ordinary day at the Ponderosa when a really brutal US Marshal played by Claude Akins arrives and takes into custody one of the hands played by Wesley Lau.

Pernell Roberts and Dan Blocker are right there and they don't care for Akins's methods and are concerned their friend Lau might not reach Los Angeles to stand trial for a murder he's accused of. Akins agrees to let them go, but they have to deposit their six guns in the stagecoach's locked strong box.

It's not long before a whole lot of other people start complicating the trip for which Bud Osbourne is driving the stage. John Weingraf and his daughter Fintan Meyler are a pair of European travelers going to the Pacific coast. Also another stranded cowboy on the trail, Ron Hayes is looking for a lift. It all comes to a head when the whole cast arrives at Will Wright's stagecoach relay station.

This episode of Bonanza is driven mainly by the performances of Lau and Akins. As you might gather neither is quite what he appears to be when we first meet them. Don't let this one slip by.

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