Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Medal 

Ben offers moral support to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Matthew Rush when comes down on his luck. But that's the least of Matthew's problems, for he must also contend with the ... See full summary »


Lewis Allen


David Dortort (created by), Frank Chase


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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Dean Stockwell ... Matthew Rush
Harry Townes ... Seth Nagel
Susan Howard ... Laurie Nagel
John Beck ... Walt Nagel
Charles Briles Charles Briles ... Del Nagel
E.J. Schuster E.J. Schuster ... Barker
Remo Pisani Remo Pisani ... Bartender
Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing
Sundown Spencer Sundown Spencer ... Boy
James Rawley James Rawley ... Sam, telegraph Clerk


Ben offers moral support to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Matthew Rush when comes down on his luck. But that's the least of Matthew's problems, for he must also contend with the embittered Nagle clan, who has been transplanted from Georgia after they lost their house and land to Yankees. When the Nagles' daughter, Susan, falls in love with Matthew, she risks much more than just estrangement from her family and, in the process, the Cartwrights become involved. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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26 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the telegram Ben reads detailing how Rush won the Medal of Honor, he read that on "July 2nd 1863, at the Battle of Chancellorsville." The Battle of Chancellorsville was fought between April 30th and May 6th. See more »

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Fine job of acting by Dean Stockwell, Lorne Greene, Harry Townes & Susan Howard
26 July 2007 | by HobbitHoleSee all my reviews

For those who wondered if the 'Boy With the Green Hair' could act as an adult, look no further than this fine episode of Bonanza. Stockwell plays a man who is on the skids, but he was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. The narrative tells us most of the people awarded this medal had it awarded posthumously and it is the highest award that could be bestowed for bravery above and beyond the call of duty.

Some of Ben Cartwright's neighbors lost brothers, their stock, had their house burned down and lost their wife/mother according to the husband/father(Harry Townes) because of 'Sherman's men'. He takes a particular disliking to the man who won the 'Yankee's highest killing medal'.

He does everything he can to try to get Stockwell's character out of town, but his daughter likes Stockwell (played by later "Dallas" star Susan Howard) and that makes him even madder.

It comes out in the end that Stockwell was a former ordained minister and Ben invites him to build a church on part of the Cartwright property where some others had a tragedy happen that destroyed their building there. To symbolically 'build out of the ashes' something new and decent and go on with life, not still divided 'north' versus 'south'.

The Cartwright's neighbor and sons are ready to tar and feather Stockwell until the daughter, who has brought Ben along, arrives. Ben reads them a telegram he received including a letter from Abraham Lincoln as to just how he got the's a shocker and a tear jerker to be sure at the end.

Key line from Stockwell "I want to be liked for who I am, a human being, not for what I did (in the war)".

Don't miss this gem. A fine outing by Lorne Greene as Ben as well.

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