Bonanza: Season 3, Episode 32

The Long Night (6 May 1962)

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Adam has a day and a half to deliver a large bankdraft. He is ambushed by an escaped convict. When he is mistaken for one of the escapees by the posse, Adam is hardpressed to prove his identity. All they want to do is hang him.

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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright (credit only)
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Elmer Trace
Jack Chaplain ...
Billy McCord
Frank Ferguson ...
Sheriff Hill
William Bramley ...
Townsend
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Henry Neighbors
Paul Dubov ...
Skidmore
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Poindexter
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Martha Neighbors
E.J. André ...
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Al Avalon ...
Johnny
Eric Barnes ...
Brubaker
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Adam has a day and a half to deliver a large bankdraft. He is ambushed by an escaped convict. When he is mistaken for one of the escapees by the posse, Adam is hardpressed to prove his identity. All they want to do is hang him.

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Predictable show with predictable results
6 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pernell Roberts is given his own show as we see Ben send Adam out to deposit a large bank draft for the purchase of cattle. As soon as he sets off we get a rider screaming into town to tell the sheriff that there has been a break-out at the prisoner and two convicts are on the loose. From the first few minutes of the show the plot has been presented as we follow Adam on his encounter with convicts.

In a near-by town the sheriff gets a posse together. Most are common townsfolk but one is a young buck who has a desire to get a notch in his gun by shooting someone. He gets a badge and they all set off to find the convicts.

While Adam is riding, he gets stopped by a prison guard. However, he is no prison guard but happens to be one of the convicts. He makes Adam remove his clothes and wear the prison garb. So Adam is left walking in prison clothing in an area that is being patrolled by the local posse.

As you may think, the show continues until the posse catches up with Adam. They also meet up with convict, still in prison guard clothing, and team up with him. With help from the rouge guard some of the men want to hang Adam at the nearest tree. When the sheriff protest the young buck teams up with the fake prison guard to by-pass the sheriff and get his first kill.

The plot for this episode is one used many times in westerns. In fact it will be used a number of time in other Bonanza shows throughout the run. And the show is predictable from the beginning.

Pernell Roberts gives his usual nonchalant performance as he has no emotion even when a rope is presented for his hanging. He appeared, just as us viewers also do, that we all know the ending so lets just get it over. The only interesting event is to see how some posse members turns from town folks to blood-thirsty animals. A predictable show with predictable results.


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