Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Once a Doctor 

Suffering from an infected foot, Hoss finds unexpected relief from Professor Poppy, an itinerant patent medicine peddler who secretly carries a medical bag. But Hoss soon finds that the ... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright (credit only)
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Michael Rennie ... Prof. Poppy / Dr. P.A.Mundy
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Thomas Crippen
Elizabeth Rogers ... Allie Lou
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Rob Keefer
Bill Clark ... Sam
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Suffering from an infected foot, Hoss finds unexpected relief from Professor Poppy, an itinerant patent medicine peddler who secretly carries a medical bag. But Hoss soon finds that the professor may really be Doctor P.A. Mundy who is being trailed by a vengeful Englishman claiming that Mundy murdered his wife. Written by shepherd1138

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The large red show wagon used by Borelli in season 6, episode 22 is used again (with a re-paint) in this episode by Dr Poppy. See more »

Goofs

When Ben and Little Joe are speculation of whether Hoss is sick or not; Ben says "if he'd fallen he'd come right through the ceiling and landed right there in the living room". Living room is not a term used in this time period. If a house was big enough to have a room to just sit in, to read, or entertain; it was called a sitting room, or parlor. The term living room didn't come along until the middle twentieth century. See more »

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A long way from Harley Street
30 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of Bonanza's best episodes involves guest star Michael Rennie playing a fugitive Harley Street physician and surgeon who now is a patent medicine quack running an itinerant show in the American west.

This story actually starts in Great Britain where Rennie flees after an operation where his female patient dies. The husband charged foul play and Ashley Cowan has tracked him to Virginia City.

Poor Dan Blocker's having trouble breaking in those new boots, so much so he's in danger of developing an infection. Michael Rennie sees the problem and provides a medical solution and then Hoss learns of his background and his story.

Later on Rennie's skills as a surgeon come in handy. More I cannot say.

Rennie gives his usual cultivated performance and Ashley Cowan does nicely as the spitfire cockney looking for revenge. The two of them and Dan Blocker make this episode one of Bonanza's best.


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