Honest John, a drifter is looking for a nest and hopes to settle on the Ponderosa through his rapport with the newly adopted Jamie. But John's breakthrough with the boy must be weighed against the seamier side of his character.

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Honest John, a drifter is looking for a nest and hopes to settle on the Ponderosa through his rapport with the newly adopted Jamie. But John's breakthrough with the boy must be weighed against the seamier side of his character.

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20 December 1970 (USA)  »

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The old scalawag
8 March 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Mitch Vogel who's been taken in by the Cartwrights a few episodes back has still got a lot to learn about the adult world. So when drifter Jack Elam comes around he reminds him a lot of his father who was an itinerant rainmaker. Elam has a trained crow and that's part of his shtick.

Lorne Greene is a bit bemused by Elam he is a charming old scalawag, but only up to a point. As for Elam he's looking to freeload off the Cartwrights and with Vogel interested in him and the crow he might have a meal ticket for a while.

Elam who started out as a straight out psychotic villain in his career discovered a real gift for comedy in the 60s. This is not a straight comic part, but he does give us a few amusing moments.

Of course Elam does exit, we know because he did not become a Bonanza regular. That's a pity because Jack Elam was always good in comedy or as the deepest dyed villain.


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