Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Terror at 2:00 

"Terror at 2:00" is an episode of Bonanza starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon. A white supremacist named Mr. Ganns plans to disrupt a peace-treaty signing between the people of Virginia City and the Paiutes by massacring the entire town, then pin the blame on the Indian tribe.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Cartwright
... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
... Mr. Ganns
... Sam Dawson
... Deputy Clem Foster
Byron Mabe ... Hunter
Ron Foster ... Graham
... Mrs. Carruthers
... Mr. Loomis
... John Baines
... Toby Harris
Kerry MacLane ... Teddy Daws
James Jeter ... Buck


News of a peace treaty signing between the Paiutes and people of Nevada give cause for a big celebration. Virginia City is filled with a circus-like atmosphere, but nobody is aware of a deadly threat that a white supremacist has planned. Mr. Ganns - a white supremacist who killed his own son after marrying a Paiute - arrives in Virginia City with two henchmen, all of them posing as reporters from St. Louis and hoping to cover the treaty signing. Inside boxes marked "camera equipment" are actually parts from a stolen Gatling gun, which they plan to use to kill everyone. Ganns - whose hatred of the redman had been building for years, resulting in his son's estrangement and eventual murder - suggests that, by massacring everyone at the peace treaty signing, each side will blame the other and eventually, a raging war would start with the Paiute tribe (then other tribes) eventually being killed off. Eventually, Hoss is taken hostage by Ganns's men, and when Joe and Clem go to investigate, ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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7 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A quality episode from a much missed actor/writer/director.
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Michael Landon (Little Joe) wrote and directed this episode showing the early promise that we became used to later on series like Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven.His characteristic use of zoom shots courtesy of regular photographer Ted Voigtlander and actors walking towards or away from camera to cut scenes is much in evidence as well as his use of props like the timepiece (used in his later two part story 'Forever') and his frequent use of children for key scenes who he always managed to get good performances from. Steve Inhat starred here just a year before his early death at the age of just 37 and gives an excellent performance. Comic scenes with Dan Blocker help to contrast with the serious nature of the proposed peace treaty with the Indians and though there may be too many shots of riders heading towards the town for the meeting I think this episode deserves a better rating than the 6.8 it currently has on this site. Catch it if you can and see if you agree.

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