Bonanza: Season 9, Episode 29

The Bottle Fighter (12 May 1968)

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Hoss needs a lawyer but the only one available is an alcoholic. Its up to the Cartwright's and Candy to keep him sober until the trial.



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Episode cast overview:
Barney Sturgess
Douglas Kennedy ...
Sheriff Sam Purcell
Harlan Warde ...
Nate Ogleby
Alan Baxter ...
Robert Sorrells ...
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Hoss needs a lawyer but the only one available is an alcoholic. Its up to the Cartwright's and Candy to keep him sober until the trial.

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A classic episode from Season 9 one of their best..
5 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This in my opinion was one of their very best written and directed episodes. The entire cast is top shelf.. Albert Dekker who portrayed the alcoholic attorney hired because no other lawyer in town would take the case was SUPERB... Why he wasn't nominated and won an EMMY for his guest appearance was a classic example why Bonanza never won a major acting trophy in it's 14 year run... Leon Benson one of the better directors of the time added an extra dimension of depth to the teleplay which was excellent..

Season 9 was a major transition in the series with the addition of a new character (Candy), a new producer, new writers and directors which gave Bonanza a fresh transfusion and vitalized the series... Bonanza was always an underrated series in the quality of it's later scripts and direction... The 67-68 season was one of their best, Season 10 was also one of the very best..

Sadly Albert Dekker passed away a week before this episode aired from auto erotic asphyxiation.. A brilliant eccentric actor whose talent was unparrelled.

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