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In order to escape punishment for mistreating two Paiute women, a trader blames it on Adam Cartwright. The Paiutes seize Adam and make him a hostage as war erupts between the tribe and a local militia.





Episode cast overview:
Mike Wilson
Young Wolf
Walter Coy ...
Captain Kelley
Douglas Kennedy ...
Bill Stewart
Howard Petrie ...
Major Ormsby
Major Hungerford
George Keymas ...
Ring Nose
Mike Ragan ...
Vern Wilson (as Michael Ragan)
Gregg Martell ...


A trader and his two brothers beat up two American Indians and take their wives. When the Indian men ask the Shoshone leader to rescue their wives from the traders, Adam intervenes to prevent a war against the Indians. Adam rescues the assaulted women, but the Shoshone still go on a killing rampage, leaving the trader for dead. The guilty trader decides to incite the people of Virgina City into believing it is the peaceful Paiute Indians who instigated the killings, gathering a mob to confront the Paiutes. An attempt for Adam Cartwright to parley with the Paiute chief turns sour when the trader disobeys orders and fires the first shot. Adam is captured by the Paiutes. Ben must race against time to find the Shoshone leader before the Calvary reach the Paiutes - and the Paiutes kill Adam. Written by The Chief Geek

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Release Date:

3 October 1959 (USA)  »

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$139,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode cost $139,000 to make and featured more than 100 actors and extras portraying Indians and calvary members. See more »


Major Ormsby: Treacherous devils.
Adam Cartwright: Well, what did you expect? A welcome mat?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are scrolled over the Ponderosa map with a different instrumental version of the "Bonanza" theme. See more »

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Indians all the same
24 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jack Warden stirs up a whole hornet's nest of trouble in this Bonanza story. He and his bottom feeding brothers molest some Indian women and when he leaves for a bit their men folk kill the brothers. Warden comes to Virginia City blaming the Paiutes instead of Bannocks and that starts a nasty Indian War which Lorne Greene tries his best to prevent.

He's got a personal reason for stopping this one. Chief Winnemucca of the Paiutes is holding Pernell Roberts as a hostage in the care of his son Michael Forest.

This was a good story about the effects of prejudice on the frontier and how quickly things can get out of hand when hatred is the driving force.

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