Bonanza (1959–1973)
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It's a Small World 

Circus midget and new widower George Marshall struggles to deal with the prejudice of Mr. Flynt, the town's banker, when he refuses to hire him despite Ben's recommendation.



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Episode cast overview:
Ben Cartwright
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Candy Canaday
George Marshall
John Flint
Mrs. Marshall
Alice (as Carol Lawson)
Dr. Martin
Stuart Nisbet ...
Deputy Clem Foster
Michele Tobin ...


Circus midget George Marshall vows to keep a promise made to his wife on her deathbed: Find a job outside the circus so our daughter can have a stable life. However, George is unable to find work and turns to Ben for some help. Ben recommends to the town's banker, Mr. Flynt, that George would make an excellent teller, but Flynt is prejudiced against little people and refuses to hire him. As a result of his inability to find work, George goes broke and - needing some money - robs the bank. Flynt immediately has him arrested and wants him to hang. Then, the banker's daughter, Annie, falls down a mine shaft and nobody is able to rescue her. Flynt has no choice but to call on George to save his daughter's life. Only then does Flynt see that midgets have their place in the world and he agrees to hire him (and drop all the charges). Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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4 January 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remade as "Little House on the Prairie" episode "Little Lou." See more »


The oft-repeated error (in this and other series) of showing a Raggedy Ann doll is repeated. The character/doll was not created until 1915. See more »


Remade as Little House on the Prairie: Little Lou (1982) See more »

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What now, little man?
6 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Michael Dunn guest stars in this Bonanza episode playing a former circus performer whose wife is in labor. She gives birth to a healthy baby girl, but dies and leaves Dunn and his mother Angela Clarke to care for the infant.

Lorne Greene offers Dunn a job at the Ponderosa but there's not much that a midget can do in the riding and roping department and Hop Sing wants nobody else in his kitchen. The good people of Virginia City like everyone else see midgets as freaks even though Dunn has experience keeping books which he also did at the circus.

A man does what he has to do to feed his family. But a situation arises where his small size proves invaluable.

Michael Landon directed this episode and I note he redid the story for an episode on Little House On The Prarie. It's a good story with a fine performance by Michael Dunn who had the tragic life that could make him empathize with this role.

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