Bonanza: Season 3, Episode 28

The Crucible (8 Apr. 1962)

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After being robbed in the desert, Adam stumbles onto a seemingly chivalrous prospector named Peter Kane, who offers him a mule and supplies for three days work. However, Kane is a demented ... See full summary »

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After being robbed in the desert, Adam stumbles onto a seemingly chivalrous prospector named Peter Kane, who offers him a mule and supplies for three days work. However, Kane is a demented madman who is interested in psychological torture, hoping to drive a seemingly rational man like Adam to murder. As Ben, Hoss and Little Joe try to retrace the missing Adam's footsteps, Adam must rely on his own wits to defeat Kane. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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The title comes from the play 'The Crucible' by Arthur Miller, based on the Salem Witch Trials in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. See more »

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In the opening scenes as Adam and little Joe step out of the saloon and ask a local a question, a boom mic comes into view from the top center. See more »

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Without Horse, Water, Gun, Or Food
14 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of Bonanza is centered on Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright. After making a successful cattle deal, Adam is robbed in the desert and left their without, horse, water, gun or food. He manages to make it to a mine where Lee Marvin is working a claim in the middle of nowhere.

Believe it or not, this was the frying pan into the fire for Adam. What Marvin wants is a slave to work the mine and when he hears who Adam is all his pent up resentments about class and the rotten life Marvin has had burst forth.

Though Lee Marvin and the regulars do a grand job, the story was way too unbelievable for me. If you see it you will not believe that Adam Cartwright would have been as civilized as all that.


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