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"Bonanza" The Fighters (1966)

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Original Air Date:
24 April 1966 (Season 7, Episode 30)
Hoss feels guilty about ending a boxer's career and vows never to fight again. However, his promise is put to the test when Joe is badly beaten. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright

Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright

Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright

Michael Conrad ... Hank Kelly

Phillip Pine ... Ross Dugan

Mari Aldon ... Ruby Kelly
Cal Bolder ... Charlie Powers
Gene Tyburn ... Bert (credited as Smitty)
Bruce Mars ... Smitty (credited as Bert)

Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing

Grandon Rhodes ... Doc
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno VeSota ... Sam, the Bartender
Walter Bacon ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Breen ... Townsman (uncredited)

Forest Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Townsman (uncredited)

John Indrisano ... Referee (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cherokee Landrum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Billy McCoy ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Townsman (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Townsman (uncredited)

Joe Phillips ... Townsman (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Townsman (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Bartender (uncredited)
Dean Savant ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Townsman (uncredited)

Carl Sklover ... Cornerman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Walls ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Townsman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
R.G. Springsteen 
Writing credits
Robert Goodwin (written by)

David Dortort (created by) uncredited

Fred Hamilton  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
David Dortort .... producer
James W. Lane .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Cinematography by
William P. Whitley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Grace Gregory 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styling supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kent McCray .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clancy Herne .... assistant director
Art Department
Dwight Thompson .... property master
Sound Department
Lyle Figland .... sound recordist
Joel Moss .... sound recordist
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 (as Carl W. Fortina)
Jay Livingston .... composer: theme music
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Denne Bart Petitclerc .... story consultant
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)

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

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The heavyweight champion of Virginia City, 20 June 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Every now and then Bonanza would do a story pairing Hoss as a friend or adversary or sometimes both with someone his size. That was few and far between because few enough people around were the size of Dan Blocker.

But on a bet Hoss takes on a traveling pugilist Michael Conrad who is preparing for one last fight against top contender Cal Bolder. Blocker gets in a lucky shot and puts Conrad in a coma for a bit.

Conrad is near the end of his line and he and wife Mari Aldon just want to earn enough money for a chicken farm. But this has really left them in a bad way. It's left Dan Blocker in a bad way too, he's really shaken by the fact that Conrad could die.

Phillip Pine has an interesting role as a real bottom feeding fight promoter who sees in Hoss a chance to make a few quick dollars. It's a pretty good story and you'll have to see the episode to see how it all comes out.

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