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"Bonanza" Sam Hill (1961)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
3 June 1961 (Season 2, Episode 34)
The Cartwrights join to help mystical blacksmith Sam Hill save the land his drunk, sea-dog father signed away to an old enemy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright

Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright

Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright

Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright

Claude Akins ... Sam Hill

Edgar Buchanan ... John Henry Hill
Ford Rainey ... Colonel Tyson
Robert Ridgely ... Billy Joe
Caroline Richter ... Lonesome Lil
Howard Wendell ... Willis

Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Mickey Simpson ... Percy - Bartender
Richard Bartell ... Hotel Clerk
Nesdon Booth ... Hathaway
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Barton ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Barfly (uncredited)

Bill Clark ... Soldier (uncredited)
Jaye Durkus ... Barfly (uncredited)
Betty Endicott ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Miles ... Soldier (uncredited)
John Quijada ... Barfly (uncredited)
Rudy Sooter ... Barfly (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
David Dortort (written by)

David Dortort (created by) uncredited

Produced by
David Dortort .... producer
James W. Lane .... production executive
Thomas Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Cinematography by
Walter Castle (director of photography) (as Walter H. Castle)
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Andrew J. Durkus .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director
Art Department
Dwight Thompson .... property master
Sound Department
Lyle Figland .... sound recordist
Joel Moss .... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Miles .... stunt double: Ford Rainey (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design
Casting Department
William Maybery .... casting supervisor
Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant
Music Department
Ray Evans .... composer: theme music
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist
Jay Livingston .... composer: theme music
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Dortort  creator
Fred Hamilton  creator (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Continuity: During the fight scene by the Candlewood tree, the horses of the Colonel's henchmen disappear after the Colonel draws his sword, the henchmen disappear and the turned over coals also disappear.See more »


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Meet the real Claude Atkins!, 27 September 2014
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

This is probably my favorite Claude Atkins character. He plays Sam Hill (you know, like "What in Sam Hill...?) He's bigger than life, can hit an anvil over and over without tiring (can eve beat the ol' Hoss), and apparently doesn't need sleep.

His main problem is a land owner who wants the land of his parents. His mother died on that land (stay soon to learn what happened), and there is some sort of magical power that makes a tree grow that shouldn't.

Edgar Bucannon does an excellent job playing Sam's wayward father who has returned from the dead.

Joe and Hoss, of course, offer some rather humorous comic relief. Adam...well...Adam is just there.

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