Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 5

Enter Mark Twain (10 Oct. 1959)

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The Cartwrights help Virginia City reporter Samuel Langhorne Clemens investigate suspected shady goings-on between a railroad company and a local judge.



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Episode cast overview:
Dorothy Green ...
Minnie Billington
Patrick McVey ...
Bill Raleigh
Victor Sen Yung ...
Edmon Ryan ...
Daniel Lash (as Edmund Ryan)
Judge Jeremy Clarence Billington
Lane Bradford ...
Lash's Foreman
Anne Whitfield ...
Rosemary Lawson (as Ann Whitfield)
Percy Helton ...
Blurry Jones
Robert Carson ...
Arthur Lovejoy ...
Dr. Ephram Lovejoy


The Cartwrights help Virginia City reporter Samuel Langhorne Clemens investigate suspected shady goings-on between a railroad company and a local judge.

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The first of three "Bonanza" episodes featuring Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain. See more »


In a discussion between "The Enterprise"s publisher Bill Raleigh and writer Sam Clemens, Bill uses the term "comic strip"; however, according to, the term "comic strip" (despite the actual existence of serial illustrations in newspapers) wasn't established until 1900, well after the 1860s, in which "Bonanza" is set. (see "Memorable Quotes") See more »


Bill Raleigh: Are you afraid "The Enterprise" won't print any story you happen to dig up?
Samuel Clemens: You know, I had a little bet with myself that you'd go along with me.
Bill Raleigh: Sam, this is a newspaper, not a comic strip - you come up with a story, and "The Enterprise"ll print it!
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The end credits are scrolled over the Ponderosa map with a different instrumental version of the "Bonanza" theme. See more »

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Mark Twain?
1 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me several days just to watch this episode for this review. I just couldn't get into it. I didn't think the character in here fit the image of Mark Twain, and I just couldn't like the guy. Though the episode held some humerus spots, like the naked girl, and some not so humorous spots, like the girl's story; I just can't quite get into it.

One thing about Bonanza: It's amazing how well put together the episodes are. There aren't many shows that can pull off going from humorous to tear-jerking in less than thirty seconds, but they prove to do just that time and time again.

Adam was his own "I'm better than you" self in this as well.

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