Little Joe is his family's only hope when he escapes from a kangaroo court that has framed the Cartwrights for a bank robbery and sentenced them all to hang.



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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Gains
Deputy Sheriff Stan Mace
Artie Clay
Jan Harrison ...
Billy Tyler (as Joey Walsh)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Judge Jackson
Mr. Mason


When the Cartwrights are framed for bank robbery and murder by the corrupt Sheriff Gains (Charles McGraw)and his deputies, Stan (Ben Johnson) and Clem (Robert Foulk), Little Joe Cartwright (Michael Landon) breaks jail and organizes a fighting force to save his father and brothers from being hanged. Written by Les Adams <>

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1 April 1962 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This one includes an inside joke on the casting of an actor. For the role of Mr. Mason, the bank president, Morris Ankrum was used. At that time he was well known for his appearances as a judge in the popular Perry Mason series. See more »

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30 September 2014 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Bonanza and buy the DVDs as they become available. The last one that I just purchased was DVD official season 7 part one. I am watching the DVDs in order and the ;ast episode of Bonanza I have watched was entitled, "The Gamble" from DVD the official third season volume 2. There have been many good episodes with good guest stars like Dean Jones, Ben Cooper, among others that my family and I have enjoyed. "The Gamble" with guest stars Charles McGraw as the sheriff, and Ben Johnson as the deputy and Robert Sampson as Artie in that episode were excellent. Charles Mc Graw and Ben Johnson are actors I've seen in numerous feature films, and Robert Samspon I've seen in many television programs. He was particularly good as Artie Clay in "The Gamble", the best so far. Looking forward to watching more of Bonanza because the best episodes are yet to come. I haven't seen many of these shows since I watched them on television when I was a kid so I enjoy seeing them again this time on DVD.

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