Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water.

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Ben Cartwright (credit only)
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Adam Cartwright (credit only)
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Charlie Trent
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Captain Pender
Peter Whitney ...
Lewt Cutter
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Sergeant
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Corporal Burton
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Buck
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Latigo (as Don Rhodes)
Dale Van Sickel ...
Morgan
Mike Ragan ...
Kelly (as Michael Ragan)
Ray Hemphill ...
Johnson
Robert Adler ...
O'Hara
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Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water.

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17 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Crossing the desert
28 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Bonanza has US Army Captain John Dehner on a mission to transport gold across the desert. When his scout Peter Whitney gets drunk, Dehner has no choice but to hire grizzled old timer Henry Hull who was a noted Army Scout but now does drunk for a living. Hull's not sure he's up to it and asks Dan Blocker to come along and essentially hold his hand.

What they don't know is Whitney is leader of a ban of outlaws who plan to rob the army gold and leave no survivors. As was pointed out in Casino, the desert swallows up a lot of problems.

Hull is fine as the old timer not sure if he still has the right stuff for the job. Hoss believes in him though. The usual situations about deserts present here.

Who's really good is Peter Whitney. He's a swaggering braggart and a bully, but not stupid. One of the best roles Whitney ever had.

Nicely done story.


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