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Caught in the middle of a longtime family feud over a disputed piece of land, star-crossed lovers Joe Cartwright and Amy Bishop try to convince their stubborn fathers to resolve their differences as tension escalates into violence.

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Adrienne Hayes ...
Amy Bishop
Carl Benton Reid ...
Luther Bishop
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Pete Jessup
Charles Horvath ...
Willard Trump
S. John Launer ...
John Frederick ...
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Caught in the middle of a longtime family feud over a disputed piece of land, star-crossed lovers Joe Cartwright and Amy Bishop try to convince their stubborn fathers to resolve their differences as tension escalates into violence.

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21 November 1959 (USA)  »

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When Joe Cartwright lays the dead Chinese cook across his horse, at first he was belly up then as the camera switches back to Joe the Chinese cook is belly down over the horse. See more »

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Ben Cartwright: Are we so apart boy? I've never held my land above my sons. Before that'd happen, I'd destroy the Ponderosa.
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The curse about falling in love with a Cartwright begins in this episode.
14 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you ever have watched many of the Bonanza episodes you will know that falling in love with a Cartwright always ends up poor for the guest star. And in this episode we have the beginning of the curse when little Joe falls in love with a neighboring girl named Amy Bishop. But there is a wrench thrown into the mix because the Cartwrights and the Bishops are in dispute over a tract of land called the Truckee Strip.

Even though the feud between the families is history, it begins anew when a rich man thinks of a way to try to get the timber that is on the Bishop's property. He gets his roughs, led by James Coburn who just happens to be working at the Bishop's farm, to renew the feud and hopefully get Mr Bishop to sell the property so that he can get the lumber that he so much is seeking.

The feud is interesting but the main part of the story is the feeling that Joe and Amy have for each other. In fact Joe believes that this is the woman that he wants to marry and even goes as far as to seek approval of his father and Amy's father. But things will not go as planned when a fight gets out of control which will break the heart of many.

Having seen many shows in the series this was a routine script with predictable results. However if we were to revert back to 1959 and watch the first-run of this episode, I feel sure this would have been tugging at heartstrings and an enjoyable show. So I am giving this offering a good rating all in the name of not knowing the predictable results awaiting.


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