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The Gentleman from New Orleans 

Gullible Hoss meets a flamboyant, sword-brandishing drunk claiming to be none other than the notorious pirate Jean LaFitte. Believing LaFitte is who he says he is and remembering that ... See full summary »

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Adam Cartwright (credit only)
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Molly Travers
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Gullible Hoss meets a flamboyant, sword-brandishing drunk claiming to be none other than the notorious pirate Jean LaFitte. Believing LaFitte is who he says he is and remembering that history considered him a patriot for his aid at the Battle of New Orleans, Hoss chooses to treat LaFitte like a hero and invites him to the Ponderosa. While skeptical Ben contacts old friends in New Orleans to try to verify his identity, LaFitte is accused of murder and Hoss must try to find not only the real killer but the answer to the question: who is Jean LaFitte? Written by shepherd1138

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2 February 1964 (USA)  »

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Ben Cartwright is asked to verify the identity of a man who claims to be the infamous pirate 'Jean Lafitte' because Ben had met Lafitte years earlier. Almost true: In 1958, Lorne Greene played "Monseiur Mercier" to Yul Brynner 's "Jean Lafitte" in The Buccaneer (1958). See more »

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It was known that Ben sailed for many years. Then he should have known that Jean Lafitte was born around 1776 and died in 1823. Someone who sailed would have known a lot about Jean Lafitte since he played a big part in the War of 1812 and was a notorious pirate in those days. He was long dead by the times represented in Bonanza. See more »

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Subject To Speculation
3 February 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jean Lafitte is one of those characters in history who is still shrouded in legend. After his helping Andrew Jackson win the battle of New Orleans he went back to the pirate trade, relocating to Galveston Island and then sailed off, his fate unknown but subject to speculation. It's on that speculation that this Bonanza episode revolves.

The Gentleman From New Orleans is John Dehner who arrives at Virginia City claiming to be the one and only Jean Lafitte. He's got the manner to carry it off and he makes a believer out of Dan Blocker. But later on the 70 something old pirate if that's who he is gets suspected of the murder of a rancher who was robbed of money that Lorne Greene paid him for cattle. When you call yourself Jean Lafitte you go to the top of anyone's suspect list.

This episode turns on the charm of John Dehner as the old pirate and the nice chemistry he establishes with the trusting Dan Blocker. And your speculation is as good as anyone's about the fate of Jean Lafitte.


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