Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Dark Gate 

Ross Marquette's behavior over the past few months can't be easily explained -- beating his wife, rustling cattle, robbing a stage, killing a man. Adam is determined to find out why his friend is acting so strangely before it's too late.

Director:

Robert Gordon

Writer:

Ward Hawkins
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
James Coburn ... Ross Marquette
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Delphine Marquette (as CeCe Whitney)
Harry Dean Stanton ... Billy (as Dean Stanton)
John Mitchum ... Jake
Roy Engel ... Doctor
Med Flory ... Monk Hartley (as Ned Florey)
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
James Anderson ... Sam
Joe Di Reda Joe Di Reda ... Joe - Minister
Donald Foster Donald Foster ... Mr. Begley
Rush Williams ... Matthew
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Storyline

Ross Marquette's behavior over the past few months can't be easily explained -- beating his wife, rustling cattle, robbing a stage, killing a man. Adam is determined to find out why his friend is acting so strangely before it's too late.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the close up of Ben Cartwright holding down the calf, after the calf was branded another man walks up to the calf and wipes his hand where the calf was branded, that was done so that calf wouldn't run into the brush with fire on its back and start a fire in the brush. A long haired calf like that could start a brushfire as the hair would burn for up to 30 seconds to a minute. The good thing is that calves have tough enough hide on them where as the fire wouldn't burn them enough to hurt them. See more »

Goofs

Early on, when Ben first appears, Adam asks why he wanted to see him. Ben tells him he wants him to talk a friend in to coming over - but in this close-up, not only can you tell Ben's dialogue has clearly been overdubbed, it's been done by a totally different actor. See more »

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How can I find my way back?
28 July 2014 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Main characters: Ross and Dalphine Marquette

Bonanza character: Adam

ames Coburn plays a man who's losing his mind. No longer is he the loving, devoted husband and friend. Instead, a monster is in his place - one who beats his wife, rustles cattle, and longs to kill his best friend.

This is a good example of what happens when mental illness takes over a body. The episode ends tragic, and even though I'm not a big Adam fan, watching Adam break down like he does at the end brought tears to my eyes. This is a very moving episode.

It seems several died in this episode, though I didn't keep count (at least 6, possibly more)


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