Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Reluctant American 

Leslie and Gillian Harwood come to Nevada from England to take over the operation of a failing ranch near the Ponderosa. They have trouble adjusting to frontier life, which include cattle rustlers who threaten to put them out of business.



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Episode cast overview:
Leslie Harwood
Gillian Harwood
Dan Kemp ...
Bolton (as Daniel Kemp)
Big Mac
Gore Stanhope
Sandra Ego ...
Pat Houtchens ...
Rev. Williams
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Stokely (as Red Morgan)


Leslie and Gillian Harwood arrive from England to Nevada to take over the daily management a poorly performing ranch owned by their holding firm. At first, the Harwoods mistake the Ponderosa as their new place and make themselves at home, much to the bewilderment of the Cartwrights when they return from a cattle drive. Eventually, they realize there is a misunderstanding and agree to help the Harwoods restore their ranch to sound financial health. There are a number of problems in the way, however. The Harwoods have to adjust not only to life in frontier America but also to the resistance of locals who don't want to work for them on their ailing ranch. Their problems are complicated by cattle rustlers who are stealing what little stock they still have on hand. Written by Brian Rathjen <> (corrections by Hoss' Boss)

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14 February 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mistake: The Reluctant American,Bonanza
21 May 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I'm writing you for telling you that you made a mistake about the actor who plays with the Cartwrights in Bonanza in the episode:The Reluctant American". You are saying that is Richard Long,the main character of the Big Valley. Unfortunately I have to tell you that Richard Long didn't play in the episode of Bonanza,called"The Reluctant American"The actor who plays is : Daniel Massey. Peter Breck is the only actor from The Big Valley who played in Bonanza. He played in the episode called :The Cheating Game with Pernell Roberts,one of the main characters in Bonanza,the unforgettable Adam Cartwright played in two episodes of The Big Valley too: Cages of Eagles and Run of the cat.In both episodes,Peter Breck is the main character. Thank you very much for letting me to send you a comment. Anyway you have a very good and interesting information about whatever about the cinema and television that it helps us so much. Congratulations Get on with Thank you very much Bernadette

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