Little Joe is off to buy a gift for his pa's birthday. He's unaware that where he is heading the local Indians are on the war path and they've got him in their gun sights.

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Emeliano
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Sam Wolfe
Jack Hogan ...
Cash Wolfe
Robert Christopher ...
Lieutenant
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Cayetano
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Little Joe is off to buy a gift for his pa's birthday. He's unaware that where he is heading the local Indians are on the war path and they've got him in their gun sights.

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1 April 1961 (USA)  »

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The saying Little Joe says his father taught him from the Bible is from the second half of Ecclesiastes 9:4. See more »

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When Sam Wolf tries to take the white stallion and the horse rears up, you can see the top of the background set piece. See more »

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so awful, it's a must-see...
27 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Gift" is one of those overwrought, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink episodes that litter the TV-Western universe.

For starters, when Little Joe doesn't show up with his birthday present for Pa, the mischpocke runs off after him. What will happen to the Ponderosa if they're all killed? Oh, wait... This is Television Land. Such things don't happen there.

There's lots of "bad" to go round, but the worst is Martin Landau's impersonation of a vaquero with a valuable white horse. Not only is Landau unconvincing -- he is not a generally convincing actor, and his Oscar seems more the product of Tim Burton's direction than anything else -- but his death scene (at 33:30) has to be one of the lowest-of-the-low points in the history of TV "drama". (Really. This is in no way an exaggeration.) How Blocker and Green could have watched it without breaking into uncontrolled laughter is hard to fathom. But Green -- a massive canned ham in his own right -- was probably oblivious to such horrifyingly overwrought acting.

"The Gift" should be returned for a refund. Or at least store credit.


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