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The Passing of a King 

Ben sells a prize bull to an old friend, whose unscrupulous son has taken charge of the ranch from his father. The son double-crosses Ben over the agreed price of the bull, only offering to... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Benson

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), B.W. Sandefur
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Jeremy Slate ... Jeremy Roman
Denver Pyle ... Claude Roman
Diana Muldaur ... Mary Roman
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Dan Tobin ... Judge Rideout
Russ Conway ... Balenger
Jackie Searl ... Harrison (as Jack Searle)
K.L. Smith K.L. Smith ... Sheriff
Larry Ward ... Carver
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Ben sells a prize bull to an old friend, whose unscrupulous son has taken charge of the ranch from his father. The son double-crosses Ben over the agreed price of the bull, only offering to pay well below the selling price. Upset over the deal, Ben stays in town to seek proper compensation. Written by Queenslander

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Some prodigal sons have no redemption
16 July 2018 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

Ben sells a prize bull, King Henry, to an old friend, Denver Pyle as Claude Roman, who has paid $2,000 down and will pay $2,000 on delivery. Jeremy Slate does a great job as the greedy, hateful, spiteful son, Jeremy, who wants the ranch now and has a judge rule his father, Claude, as non compos mentis. Diana Muldaur plays Mary Roman, the kind, loving daughter who does not agree with her brother's actions, but is told by the judge that she doesn't have legal standing as the brother has precedence.

Jeremy tries to pay Ben less than what was promised and Ben isn't happy. Claude tries to make Jeremy pay, but he won't listen to his father and tells him that he is in charge now. Jeremy justifies his actions by saying he just did what Ben and his father did. Ben took his ranch from the Indians and Claude took his ranch from the Mexicans. Unable to reach a deal Ben seeks legal action and eventually comes to get the bull and take it back.

SPOILER: Jeremy is so spiteful he has killed the bull and cut it up. Upon learning this Claude realizes he has to pay Ben in full and has his daughter get $2,000 to pay Ben but Jeremy tries to stop the payment. Claude then pulls a gun on his son, but then as he becomes distracted Jeremy is drawing on his father when Little Joe jumps him and they fight. Little Joe thinks the fight is over and turns his back but Jeremy picks up an ax to use on LIttle Joe when Claude uses his gun and kills Jeremy. Claude then suffers a heart attack and dies. The ranch is thus left to Mary.

Overall a good episode with good actors, but the story wasn't original enough to be great.


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