Bonanza: Season 3, Episode 16

The Tall Stranger (7 Jan. 1962)

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A handsome, charismatic con man sweeps Margie Owens off her feet with promises of excitement and adventure, jeopardizing Hoss Cartwright's hopes to wed the pretty rancher's daughter.

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Margie Owens
Sean McClory ...
Mark Connors
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Kathie
Russell Thorson ...
George Owens
Ed Prentiss ...
Dorothy Neumann ...
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Robert Ridgely ...
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Forrest Taylor ...
John
Bert Carlon ...
Henry Wills ...
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A handsome, charismatic con man sweeps Margie Owens off her feet with promises of excitement and adventure, jeopardizing Hoss Cartwright's hopes to wed the pretty rancher's daughter.

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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Oh Hoss, I don't know what to say! You better grab the halter on that filly cause I'm gonna yell!
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grade-Z schmaltz -- set to Brahms
24 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the sort of episode that popped up too often on "Bonanza" and "The Big Valley". One of the patriarch's/matriarch's offspring falls in love, wants to be or is married, then (to maintain series stasis) conveniently dies or runs off.

In this case, it's Margie Owens, a young woman whom Hoss has supposedly known all his life (but the audience has never seen).

Naturally, she rejects Hoss, marries a man who promises a life of travel and excitement, is abandoned while she's pregnant, and (what else?) dies in childbirth.

The most interesting thing about this otherwise forgettable episode is that David Rose -- instead of writing his own music -- makes heavy use of Brahms' First Symphony. Really. I now have to listen to the piece to -- I hope -- wipe out the memory of its abuse.


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