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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Episode cast overview:
Ben Cartwright (credit only)
John Beal ...
Philip Diedesheimer
Helene Holloway
Andrew Holloway
Charles Cooper ...
Gil Fenton
Paul Birch ...
Robert Osterloh ...
William Forrest ...
Alan Reynolds ...
Howard Negley ...


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


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


Helene Holloway: That's the word he was looking for - dead! But nobody wants to say it because it's a dirty word. Not here in this house. Not on this level, the stockholders might hear. Dead is for those that work down in the ground. Not people like us! We can't talk about a man who's buried under fifty tons of rock, but he's dead just the same!
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A well acted episode about early mine life.
12 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another episode concerning mining-- but this time it involves a cave-in at the local mine that kills some of the workers. There is a problem with the way the timbers are shifting and the danger is very real. The problem is that the manager of the mine, Andrew Holloway (R.G.Armstrong), is more about profits and keeping the owners off his back than he is safety. And even being told that the mine is not safe, he orders the men back down into the mine. And with a cold heart he provides the widows of the dead men a box of groceries for their loss all because the company says they are entitled. But when the fiancé of Holloway's daughter is killed in another collapse things may start to be done.

With the help of Adam Cartwright, Phillip Diedesheimer will develop a new way to timber the mine and hopefully make the mine more safe. But they will face problems from Holloway and other mine owners because the cost of the new timber complex will eat into their profits. The two will have to prove that the new timber design is the best for the men and the mine.

There are some nice scenes in this episode that really made the show stand out from others. Like when Helene Holloway comes to grips that her fiancé had died or when Hoss is upset when Mr Holloway is thinking more about the mine that an employee's death. This episode had much going on that is worthy of a watch. Ben and Little Joe are a no-show on this episode but their absents are not really missed. This was a good story that was played well by the entire cast. Good watch.

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