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Elizabeth, My Love 

At the bedside of a seriously ill Adam, Ben thinks back to his days as a first mate on a sailing ship and his marriage to Adam's mother, Elizabeth Stoddard.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Cartwright
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Elizabeth Stoddard Cartwright
Capt. Abel Morgan Stoddard
Richard Collier ...
Bob Hopkins ...
Adam's Doctor
Molly Roden ...
Mrs. Callahan
Alex Sharp ...
John Close ...
Elizabeth's Doctor


At the bedside of a seriously ill Adam, Ben thinks back to his days as a first mate on a sailing ship and his marriage to Adam's mother, Elizabeth Stoddard.

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Release Date:

27 May 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The episode utilized the "New England Street" at Paramount Studios for the exterior street scenes. Rear-projected footage of the sea is used behind the clipper ship mock-up on Stage 17, when Ben and Captain Stoddard are first seen in the story. Later, when Ben and Elizabeth are conversing on Stage 16, the New England sea is matted in behind them and optically printed with the Stage 16 cuts for the final cut, using matte photography. This episode also makes use of backdrops of the New England waterfront, seen in various scenes in the story. Also, various stock clips of the clipper ship are edited in the final cut from Paramount's film library. See more »


Ben Cartwright: Now you listen to me and you listen hard. I don't want your command. I never wanted it. But maybe you should be retired. Maybe you haven't the guts for sailing anymore. I thought you could walk proud, no matter what the storm, but look at you! Now you get up on your feet, Captain, and you walk out of here like a sailing master, or I'll knock you down again.
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Ben, The Star
15 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Pretty good episode where Ben reminisces about one of his ex-wives (Adam's Mom).

Funny to see Ben in the navy on a ship shouting orders.... of course, he's a high-ranking officer (the writers ALWAYS do that -- they make the star a big shot officer during his military days. See McGarrett (Jack Lord) in a Hawaii 5-O episode where he also reminisces about when he wore his cute navy white OFFICER uniform).

Ben's former dark-haired navy persona is a little bit too goody-goody, of course, that was expected also. The STAR has to be drawn as a perfect human being. Anyway, of interest for the novelty of seeing Ben in the service.

Geraldine Brooks plays Ben's former love.

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