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The Phillip Diedesheimer Story 

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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Philip Diedesheimer
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Helene Holloway
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Andrew Holloway
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Gil Fenton
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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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31 October 1959 (USA)  »

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This story's events were inspired by the real story of the German-born American immigrant engineer Philip Deidesheimer (1832-1916). Diedesheimer developed his square set timbering system for the Comstock Lode's Ophir Mine in Virginia City, Nevada in 1860. And just as portrayed in the story, Diedesheimer chose not to patent his revolutionary and life-saving innovation in mining. 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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Andrew Holloway: How soon can you give me a report?
Gil Fenton: It'll be on your desk. Cold black figures against a white piece of paper. Four dead, two dying, five missing, 14 injured. But no slow up in production, Mr. Holloway. Does that make you happy?
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Heartless
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.

7 dead.


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