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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Trivia

This story takes place in July 1858. When Ben reads the newspaper account of Lincoln's "house divided" speech, he notes it was given "last month." The famous speech was delivered on June 16, 1858 in Springfield, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

Episode #1.18 (16 January, 1960), the character Frederick Kyle (Cameron Mitchell) has one arm. In a fight sequence, and later when Kyle throws a hat, the actor's other arm can be seen hidden under his coat. See more »

Quotes

Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: I just don't understand it. We're all from the same country here, and yet there's still all this talk about North and South. Where's the dividing line?
Frederick Kyle: I would say the dividing line was in people's minds.
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Bonanza
(Theme Song)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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