Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 8

The Phillip Diedesheimer Story (31 Oct. 1959)

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Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his ... See full summary »

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Ben Cartwright (credit only)
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John Beal ...
Philip Diedesheimer
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Helene Holloway
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Andrew Holloway
Charles Cooper ...
Gil Fenton
Paul Birch ...
Tregallis
Robert Osterloh ...
Casey
William Forrest ...
Mine Owner
Alan Reynolds ...
Howard Negley ...
Pat
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Mary
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Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his innovative honeycomb support system to improve mine shaft safety and save miners' lives. Written by shepherd1138

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The Events were inspired by the real story of Philip Deidesheimer but Deidesheimer was a German not a Dutch. See more »

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At the end of the episode the shadow of the boom mic is visible. See more »

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Philip Diedesheimer: Only the dead have time to wait, Adam. Our concerns are with the living.
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4 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really good episode about a middle-aged man who's cold heart started to warm. Andrew Holloway was pretty proud of himself. He headed a silver mine and no longer had to go down in the mine and he had a daughter who was engaged to his foreman. But all this came crashing down when the cave in happened.

This episode isn't merely about a cave in. It's about what happens to a person as they climb up that social ladder. No longer do you see your workers as people. Instead, they are just empty faces - numbers. The miners that died got no sympathy from Andrew Holloway. His daughter, who had a lot of feelings for mankind, was appalled that the only service given to the families was a box of groceries.

Helene's fiancé, Gil, is upset that men were even working in that section of the mine. He knew it was dangerous. He asked a man to try and figure out how to make it stronger so it wouldn't crumble when dynamite was set off. Probably the most tragic and the most revealing moment of the movie was the aftermath of Gil's death. The father- daughter talks were really good.

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