Harry Starr, a half breed Comanche, is hired by the Cartwrights to work on the Ponderosa. When confronted with the prejudice of other hands he turns the other cheek. Meanwhile someone is stealing horses in the valley...is he involved?

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Adam Cartwright (credit only)
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Harry Starr, a half breed Comanche, is hired by the Cartwrights to work on the Ponderosa. When confronted with the prejudice of other hands he turns the other cheek. Meanwhile someone is stealing horses in the valley...is he involved?

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13 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Burton finds a dollar-sign ("$") branding iron in a cabin when he and the Cartwrights go out looking for Harry, a suspect of horse thieving. He shows Little Joe how the "$" can be used to change the Ponderosa's pine-tree brand. Little Joe is surprised, as is Ben in a later scene. This evident lack of the knowledge that the "$" brand can cover the Ponderosa brand is erroneous. In "The Dark Gate" (#2.24), James Coburn's character, Ross Marquette, did the same thing, making a fortune by stealing Ponderosa cattle and covering the brand with a "$" brand, which Adam discovers to his dismay. See more »

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The legendary Charles Bronson
18 February 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Underdog" is one of the best remembered episodes, no doubt due to the sterling presence of Charles Bronson, at 43 already a well known movie actor, whose TV credits would cease in three years after relocating to Europe. 'Special Guest Star' Bronson is cast as Harry Starr, a drifter facing prejudice in the Old West, his mother a white woman and his father a renegade Comanche. The Cartwrights take pity on the loner by offering him a job as ranch hand, but encounter opposition from another newcomer, Lee Burton (Tom Reese), who decides to take his two days pay and quit. Later in town, Harry is assaulted by Burton's men, so Ben Cartwright decides the best thing for Harry is to work in solitude north of the Ponderosa. Unfortunately, trouble follows the half breed, as horses begin disappearing from ranches around town, and Burton himself discovers a branding iron hidden in Harry's shack, with Harry nowhere to be found. As the bounty for Harry grows to $4000, Burton intends to collect it, dead or alive (preferably dead). Joe does most of the work, Hoss makes only a brief appearance, Adam not at all. Low budget director-actor Bruno VeSota is clearly seen delivering a couple of lines as the bartender.


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