Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 10

The Magnificent Adah (14 Nov. 1959)

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When an actress named Adah Menken comes into town, Ben considers marrying her, but his sons have other ideas. Meanwhile, trouble arrives when Adah's old lover, washed-up heavyweight boxer ... See full summary »

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Don Megowan ...
John C. Regan
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Adah Isaacs Menken
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Durwood Watkyns
Victor Sen Yung ...
William Mims ...
One-armed miner (as Bill Mims)
Fay Roope ...
Castellan
Nancy Root ...
Actress portraying Olinska
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When an actress named Adah Menken comes into town, Ben considers marrying her, but his sons have other ideas. Meanwhile, trouble arrives when Adah's old lover, washed-up heavyweight boxer John C. Regan, comes along seeking his former glory. Written by Anonymous

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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Was she or wasn't she?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Was she or wasn't she what?
Adam Cartwright: You know...
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: No, I don't know. Ask Adam.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Adam, was she or wasn't she?
Adam Cartwright: Was she or wasn't she what?
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Naked.
Adam Cartwright: Well now, you got eyes. You saw her.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Yeah but, exactly what did we see really?
Adam Cartwright: She was wearing tights.
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The real Adah
11 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode involves a real person from Western history. Adah Issac Menken was a famous actress of the time and performed the spectacular "Mazeppa" around the world. It was well known because she played the role of the leading man and was strapped "naked" to a horse. She wore tights, but it was scandalous at the time and drew crowds. She was married three times. John Heenan, the "Benecia Boy", was her second husband and physically abused her. At the time of her performance in Virginia City in 1864, she was married to her third husband. Born in 1835, she would've been younger than Adam and maybe a year older than Hoss. Definitely not the older woman she appears in this episode.


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