Bonanza (1959–1973)
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El Jefe 

The Cartwrights come to the aid of Mexican farmers in the Prince River vicinity, after they were run off the land by a corrupt tycoon wanting to strip mine the area.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), Richard P. McDonagh (story) (as Dick McDonagh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Rodolfo Acosta ... Sheriff Vincente Aranda
Warren Stevens ... Owen Driscoll
Jaime Sánchez ... Ramon Cardenez
Anna Navarro Anna Navarro ... Sara
Shug Fisher ... Toler
Troy Melton ... Graves
Bill Shannon Bill Shannon ... Brady
Alex Sharp Alex Sharp ... Truitt
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Rojas
Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing
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The Cartwrights come to the aid of Mexican farmers in the Prince River vicinity, after they were run off the land by a corrupt tycoon wanting to strip mine the area.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title "El Jefe" is translated from Spanish meaning "the Chief" or "the Boss." See more »

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Agreed!
30 January 2017 | by wildbillhardingSee all my reviews

I agree with the poster from Buffalo. This is a wonderful "little movie" and convinced me I was wrong to write off Bonanza as a soap opera with holstered guns. Like the poster says, it belongs to Rodolfo Acosta, who's played more Indians and crooks than many an actor. He had a regular slot as Vaquero on High Chaparral.

The entire cast is perfect, and that's rare. Apart from Acosta, Shug Fisher stands out. He's just magical in a small but important role. I recognised him recently in a Gunsmoke episode. It must be hard to be moving in a series TV western. Somehow Shug pulls it off with so much written on his face. He's a superb actor and deserved wider recognition.

Two more movie names are here; Pepe Hern, who was in The Magnificent Seven, and Jaime Sanchez, whose death in The Wild Bunch kicks off the final, massive gun battle.

The Mexican town set makes a refreshing change to the usual locations. Bonanza improved when it left Paramount's fake western set and moved to Warner's. Good though it was, Gunsmoke suffered from its stuffy stage set with its wooden street. I wonder how many towns in the old west had wooden streets!


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