Bonanza: Season 2, Episode 29

The Infernal Machine (22 Apr. 1961)

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Hoss helps out a shy inventor who needs financial backing to build a horseless carriage. Things do not go well until a slick promoter sells shares into the new automobile. But things turn sour when the promoter skips town.

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Adam Cartwright (credit only)
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Eddie Ryder ...
Daniel Pettibone
June Kenney ...
Robin Pettibone
Naura Hayden ...
Big Red (as Nora Hayden)
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Peter Long
Willard Waterman ...
Cyrus K. Throckmorton
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Horace Ogleby
Ken Mayer ...
Jeb
Shug Fisher ...
Jeff
Ricky Kelman ...
1st Boy (as Rickey Kelman)
Richard Correll ...
2nd Boy
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Hoss helps out a shy inventor who needs financial backing to build a horseless carriage. Things do not go well until a slick promoter sells shares into the new automobile. But things turn sour when the promoter skips town.

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Willard Waterman's blowhard character of Cyrus Throckmorton is an homage in name and spirit to Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, the character Waterman played on radio from 1950-57 and on television in a short-lived 1955 series (both titled 'The Great Gildersleeve'). See more »

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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: A man's gotta take care of his partners.
Ben Cartwright: HOSS!
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From hopeful beginnings, this episode failed to deliver.
27 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode begins when Hoss brings home Daniel Pettibone and his wife Robin. Mr Pettibone is an inventor with a shy personality that has a model of a horseless carriage. If he can get some financial backing he would be able to build one of the first automobiles in the country. And it just so happens that Hoss is out to help the shy inventor.

Hoss, not keen on words, cannot seem to get the people of Virginia City to invest in the idea of a horseless carriage. But when a slick talking drummer named Cyrus Throckmorton takes over getting investments nearly everyone in the town wants a piece of the action. But when everything looks like it is coming together, Throckmorton rides out of town with the people's money. Pettibone, the innocent meek inventor, is put in jail for his own protection.

Was not sure in which direction this episode wanted to proceed. At one time it was serious and the next moment it appeared to be a slap-stick comedy. By the end it turned into a depressing tale that just was not that entertaining. There are a few good moments but by the conclusion of the show it felt like a complete waste of time. Not worth the effort.


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