Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Meredith Smith 

After falling off a wagon, a dying friend asks Ben to make sure his large estate is given to a relative since he didn't have a will. After posting an ad in a newspaper, several people come forward to claim it.

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Meredith Smith / 'Ace' Jones
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Meredith Smith / Callie Martin
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Little Meredith Smith
Winnie Collins ...
Widow Smith (as Winnie Coffin)
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Robert Sorrells ...
Meredith Smith / John Swanson
Guy Lee ...
Meredith Smith / Ah Chow
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Jake Smith
Kam Tong ...
Ching Liu
Wynn Pearce ...
Ozzie Flynn
Owen Bush ...
Ira
Howard Wright ...
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After falling off a wagon, a dying friend asks Ben to make sure his large estate is given to a relative since he didn't have a will. After posting an ad in a newspaper, several people come forward to claim it.

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31 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Will the real heir please stand up
5 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Comedy is accented in this Bonanza episode as Burt Mustin all of 92 drops dead on the Ponderosa doorstep and Ben Cartwright becomes the executor of the estate. The frugal Mr. Mustin never made out a will, but he's worth several hundred thousand dollars and with his dying breath says it all goes to his next of kin one Meredith Smith.

By the time the six month deadline comes around Lorne Greene has more Meredith Smiths than he knows what to do with. Are any of them legitimate? This is of vital importance as Mustin held certain water rights on his property adjacent to the Ponderosa.

This story looks like an enlarged episode of To Tell The Truth. But that's half the fun. The other half is seeing Lorne Greene get rid of the unwanted Smiths.


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