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Look to the Stars 

The Cartwrights encourage young genius, Albert Michelson, to pursue his scientific experiments while trying to discover why schoolmaster, George Norton, expelled Albert from school and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ... Albert Abraham Michelson
William Schallert ... George Norton
Joe De Santis ... Samuel Michelson
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Rosalie Michelson
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Henry P. Quince
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Antonio Garcia
Wallace Rooney Wallace Rooney ... Boardman
Ricky Vera Ricky Vera ... Miguel Garcia (as Richard Vera)


The Cartwrights encourage young genius, Albert Michelson, to pursue his scientific experiments while trying to discover why schoolmaster, George Norton, expelled Albert from school and seems determined to stand in the way of his appointment to the prestigious Annapolis Naval Academy. Written by shepherd1138

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18 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The exterior of the school house used in this episode "Looking to the Stars" was located on the backlot of Paramount Studios, (in an area now known as The Tank) it is the Historic Lasky-DeMille Barn in which the first feature length motion picture in 1913 "The Squaw Man" was shot. Moved from it's original location on Selma Avenue and Vine Street by film Pioneer Jesse L. Lasky; it was used in many Paramount western films and television episodes. Mr. Booth Colman who guest stars as "Henry P. Quince" was a close friend of Jesse L. Lasky Jr. See more »


Albert Abraham Michelson was born in 1852, he received his appointment to Annapolis in 1869 from Ulysses S. Grant. These early seasons of Bonanza were set before 1861 and the start of War Between the States. See more »

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every bit as bad as "Dr Quack, Modern Woman"
6 June 2013 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

Inasmuch as Albert Michelson grew up around Virginia City, someone must have thought that getting the Cartwrights involved in his life would make an interesting story. * It might have, but this isn't it.

Given Michelson's great intelligence, the Cartwrights try to get him appointed to the Naval Academy, so he can receive the education he deserves. But... Michelson is thwarted at every turn by his teacher (William Schallert) who doesn't like people with dark skin, or Jews, or fill in the name of any discriminated-against minority.

Of course, justice wins out in the end, and Schallert is even allowed to keep his job after promising to never, ever do bigoted things again. (Spare me.)

AS A LIBERAL, I detest this rewriting of history to "prove" that some people (eg, the Cartwrights) were good and decent and unprejudiced and just and (fill in whatever positive attributes you care to). Such stories are little more than an excuse for the viewer /not/ to feel guilty about their own failings.

"In the real world", the white citizens of Virginia City would have had little social tolerance for people who looked or acted differently. They wouldn't have given a damn whether Michelson was admitted to Annapolis. Indeed, I suspect Michelson was nominated and appointed without any problems.

* Given Michelson's stated age of 16, the story would have had to take place in 1868 or 1869. I couldn't find a chronology for the Ponderosa or the Cartwrights, so I don't know if this is accurate.

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