Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 19

The Gunmen (23 Jan. 1960)

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Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for bloodthirsty hired killers in a small Texas town dominated by two feuding families.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / Big Jack Slade
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / Little Jim Slade
Ben Cartwright (credit only)
Adam Cartwright (credit only)
Sheriff B. Banneman Brown
George Mitchell ...
Jubal Hadfield
Douglas Spencer ...
Alonzo McFadden
King Donovan ...
Twirly Boggs
Dennis Holmes ...
'Black' Alonzo McFadden
Lorna Doone Mayberry
Ann Graves ...
Amanda McFadden
Jenny Maxwell ...
Clara Lou Kinsey
Bill McLean ...
Bartender in Kiowa Flats (as Billy McLean)
Jonathan Gilmore ...
Anse Hadfield
Jody Fair ...
Lisabelle Jones


On a cattle buying trip to Texas, Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for a pair of hired killers recruited by a feuding family in their bid to wipe out a rival clan. Their efforts to convince the town otherwise are hindered by the fact that the Cartwrights are dead ringer for the gunfighters in question - Big Jack and Shorty Jim Slade. Written by David Bassler

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[first lines]
[a cowhand accidentally bumps into Big Jack]
Big Jack Slade: Hey, what's the matter with you?
[a gunfight erupts and the Slades kill all the cowhands in the bar, with Shorty Jim shooting the last one as he attempts to flee]
Big Jack Slade: Hey, that's good shootin' Little Jim - as clean a backshot as I've ever seen in my life! That calls for another one.
[Shorty Jim picks up the poker hand of the man he just shot in the back]
Shorty Jim Slade: What a shame - he had a full house. Well, you can't win 'em all.
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19 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The town is really scared after two men with the spitting image of Hoss and Little Joe gun down several in a bar for no apparent reason. There's word that they are coming there to kill, so when look alikes, Hoss and Little Joe ride into town they panic and decide they have to string them up.

The episode is on the funny side, which would be okay if you like this kind of silliness. Don't get me wrong, there are several Bonanza silly episodes I like, and I thought this was one of them, but after trying to endure the whole thing I've decided it's not as funny as it once was. There are some funny parts in it and some funny lines, but I can live without it.

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