Bonanza (1959–1973)
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A House Divided 

Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writer:

Al C. Ward
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Cameron Mitchell ... Frederick Kyle
Stacy Harris ... Regis
John Anderson ... Gorman
Marianne Stewart ... Lily Van Cleet Kyle
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Hennessy
Dan Riss ... Tom Madigan
Mickey Simpson ... Northern Miner
Jon Locke ... Southern Miner (as John Locke)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Sheriff
Stafford Repp ... Mine Owner (as J. Stafford Repp)
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Luke
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Storyline

Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Guest star Cameron Mitchell was only 41 years old when he played Frederick Kyle, aged to appear older. Seven years later Mitchell was cast as ranch boss Buck Cannon in The High Chaparral (1967), a series created by David Dortort, the creator of Bonanza. See more »

Goofs

The stage coach that left Virginia City with Lily Kyle was red, but the one that wrecked was green. See more »

Quotes

Northern Miner: The South would never praise the thinkin' of a man like Abe Lincoln.
Frederick Kyle: A man who honestly knows what he believes, and has courage enough to act on it, is a man deserving of praise from all men.
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Brother against brother and son against father
17 January 2014 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that show us that even the most loving and close-knit family has problems in the time of crisis. For the most part, Bonanza stayed clear of the Civil War. Now and then a reference was made about it, but in this episode we learn that the North and South are having aggravating problems against each other. War hasn't started yet, but Abraham Lincoln made his speech declaring "A House Divided..."

The most profound part of this episode is when Joe gets mixed up with a man who's allegiances are toward the South. He's trying to force people to take sides, and he forced Joe to have a falling out with his brother. Joe's mother was from the south and Adam's mother was from the North. For some reason, this put the two brothers against each other.

We can tell through watching this episode that the rift in his family hurts Ben badly. I can only imagine how many families were split up and never healed due to such issues as this one.

I don't think anybody died in this episode.


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