Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young Bonnie Bedelia who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John from a poker game gone bad. The two eventually marry and are... See full summary »


Michael Landon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mitch Vogel ... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Tim Matheson ... Griff King (credit only)
Bonnie Bedelia ... Alice Harper
Andrew Robinson ... John Harper (as Andy Robinson)
Roy Jenson ... Mr. Hanley
Robert Doyle Robert Doyle ... Sloan
Lee de Broux ... Krater
Jay D. Jones Jay D. Jones ... Carver (as Jay Jones)
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Minister
Joan Lemmo Joan Lemmo ... Gloria
Helen Kleeb ... Miss Grayson
John J. Fox John J. Fox ... Jack


Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young Bonnie Bedelia who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John from a poker game gone bad. The two eventually marry and are expecting a baby. However, things go sour for them when John Harper owes a large sum of money to a professional gambler named Damion played by actor Larry Golden. When Damion attempts to collect the debt from John, he and his gang pay his sister Mrs Alice Cartwright a visit. Damion encounters a valuable music box given to her by Joe as a wedding gift and demands that Alice surrenders the box as payment for the gambling debt. When she refuses both she and John are murdered and the house is burned to the ground to conceal the evidence. Joe later finds the music box in the possession of a prostitute. It was given to her by Damion. Joe concludes that his wife's death was no accident. And he and Candy seek to bring the culprits to justice.

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Release Date:

12 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forever See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Landon originally wrote this script for Dan Blocker. Because of Blocker's death in May 1972 (two months before filming), Landon was forced to re-write the script, pressing Little Joe - the Cartwright who had lost many other girlfriends to death throughout the show's run - into the spotlight role. There are several allusions to Dan Blocker's death, including a scene where Joe and Ben grieve over the tragic circumstances surrounding Alice's murder (Michael Landon and Lorne Greene cry in each other's arms, which was very out of character for Joe and Ben). Later there is a zoom-in on a picture of the now-deceased Hoss on Joe's dresser. See more »


Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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Bonanza Episode "Forever"
15 January 2007 | by rab_16See all my reviews

This episode from Season 14 of Bonanza was shown on the Family Channel some years ago and I would love to see it come out on DVD. This episode was originally written by Michael Landon for Dan Blocker who played the character of Hoss. Sadly Mr. Blocker died shortly before the start of the new season and Michael Landon took the part in memory of his good friend. Bonnie Bedelia also does a fine job in the role of Alice. The scenery is lush and beautiful and the writing by Mr. Landon is A-1. This is the only episode where it looks as if Little Joe has at last found his one true love, marries her and they are destined to live happily ever after. One seems to sense however that ultimately the "happily ever after" ending is never quite in reach for the Cartwright men as Part 2 would reveal. Keep that box of tissues handy.

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