Bonanza: Season 14, Episode 15

The Hunter (16 Jan. 1973)

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During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's wagon ... See full summary »

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During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's wagon and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey," and that he intends to stalk him down and brutally murder him. With no help in sight, Joe must rely on his wits and intuition to defeat Tanner. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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This show completed filming on November 8, 1972 (Michael Landon, who was directing, got telephoned orders to hurry it up). It wrapped six days after "Alias Smith and Jones" finished principal photography (and aired three days after Smith and Jones' last telecast), leaving only "Gunsmoke" and "Kung Fu" to represent the Western genre. See more »

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The end of the line
28 January 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

The last of BONANZA's 430 episodes, "The Hunter" was scripted and directed (on the run) by Michael Landon, now 36 and already beginning to gray, with Lorne Greene making only a token appearance at the beginning. Tom Skerritt is effectively cast as escaped madman Bill Tanner, driven by an uncontrollable urge to kill by tracking each victim the way he did during the war, announcing his presence by eerily whistling "Frere Jacques." Joe Cartwright befriends Tanner by firelight, but by the next morning finds himself without food, water, or horse, given a four hour head start before Tanner begins to stalk his prey. The pacing never flags as both men are slowed by injuries while innocent bystanders are doomed, a rather dark and unusual end for such an upbeat and whimsical Western series.


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