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


Michael Landon, David Dortort (created by)


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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?


Originally shown as a 2-hour episode, for later broadcasts, it was shown in 2 parts. Part 2 had a recap of scenes from Part 1 at the beginning. See more »


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

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Bad way to end an excellent series
30 May 2009 | by Sparker-35See all my reviews

I was born in 1952, so my primary growing up years were in the 60,s. My family watched the series religiously all through those years. Those were the maturing years of T.V. I doubt Bonanza would make 14 years today. They would have known that the show though good and popular had "run its course" at about season 8 or 9. When the episode "Forever" was aired, I had lost interest and watched sporadically. I had an engagement that night which some of my friends skipped just for the episode. When I heard about it later from them they were livid! As was my father, the recurring opinion among viewers was that the tragedy was unnecessary, they had very unfavorable opinions of the producers for writing it that way. I remember that it kicked off a storm of protest to NBC, but I doubt they cared. In the city in which I lived then, the local newscaster took a few minutes of local news time to editorialize with his unfavorable opinion of what the producers of the program had done. I did not watch the rerun 6 months later, have never seen it, and have no plans to do so even though I am an avid fan of Bonanza reruns. It was a sorry way to introduce what became the last season.

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