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Don Jose Ortega claims to have a brass box full of Spanish land grants, giving him ownership over most of the area around Virginia City, including the Ponderosa. Although Jose is reluctant to pursue his claim, his nephew, bitter over the loss of land in the Mexican War, would like to claim it back. Making things worse, many others living in the area are determined not to lose their land and will resort to any means to stop the Ortegas' claim. Written by rbecker28

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26 September 1965 (USA)  »

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The Patrone class
19 May 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ramon Novarro guest stars in this Bonanza episode as a Spanish Don fallen into genteel poverty who everyone likes and buys drinks for at the saloon. But he's got a nephew in Michael Dante who is interested in lifting Novarro and himself into the Patrone class like the Cartwrights and an old Spanish land grant giving his family entitlement to just about all the land around including most of the Ponderosa could do just that.

Lorne Greene might be willing to settle this legally, but others in the Virginia City aren't behaving so nobly. Since the Cartwrights were back for another Bonanza episode or two we know Dante and Novarro did not succeed in this.

Ramon Novarro as a proud descendant of Spanish settlers turns in a fine performance, sadly one of his last. This episode is worth watching for him alone.


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