Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Mission 

"The Mission" is an episode of Bonanza starring Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and Lorne Greene. Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water.

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... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (credit only)
... Ben Cartwright (credit only)
... Adam Cartwright (credit only)
... Charlie Trent
... Captain Pender
... Lewt Cutter
... Sergeant
... Corporal Burton
... Buck
... Latigo (as Don Rhodes)
... Morgan
... Kelly (as Michael Ragan)
Ray Hemphill ... Johnson
... O'Hara
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Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water.

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Western

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17 September 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Henry Hull plays a character named 'Charlie Trent', a man who had once been a top Army scout for explorer John C. Fremont. The actor, himself, was married to Juliet Van Wyck Fremont, granddaughter of the real John C. Fremont of historical note. See more »

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every bit as awful as the worst "Big Valley" episodes
29 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those heartwarming "alky gains self-respect and recovers" stories. The alky in this case is Charlie Trent (Henry Hull), whose stories about his scouting with General Fremont are popular, and earn him free drinks at the saloon. (In a remarkable coincidence, Hull was married to Fremont's granddaughter.)

It's also a "bad guys cause trouble" story, and you know how those go. It's so consistently bad that you'll be laughing most of the time. One particularly amusing howler occurs when the Army party crossing the plains approaches the first water hole. The mountains in the background appear to be the same mountains we saw when they headed out in the opposite direction.

Whoever composed the music decided to write a "cavalry march" -- which sounds like Roman Empire by way of Tchaikovsky.

It's difficult to believe that TV shows such as this were produced by people who grew up during the Golden Age of American movies. They must have seen many fine motion pictures, so it's hard to understand how they created TV shows devoid of subtlety or restraint. Everything is played "full blast", with the performers screaming and overacting, even in "quiet" scenes.

It's even harder to understand why these people were willing to put their names on such trash.


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