Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Power of Life and Death 

The Cartwrights are part of a posse that is after Davis, who shot and killed an Army colonel. When Ben and Joe capture Davis in the desert, they are attacked by a rouge Indian tribe, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Leo Penn

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), Joel Murcott
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mitch Vogel ... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Davis
Larry Ward ... Sheriff
Ted Gehring ... Matt - Outpost Manager
Tina Menard ... Consuela - Mexican Woman
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Dusty Rhodes
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The Cartwrights are part of a posse that is after Davis, who shot and killed an Army colonel. When Ben and Joe capture Davis in the desert, they are attacked by a rouge Indian tribe, and Ben is seriously wounded. While Joe crosses the desert on foot to seek medical attention (for his Pa) and the posse (to take Davis into custody), Ben and Davis must set their differences aside to survive their hostile surroundings. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The slave kills the master
25 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Rupert Crosse who received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Reivers guest stars as a former slave who kills his former master in a small town saloon and then goes on the run. Lorne Greene and Michael Landon track Crosse to the desert and all get attacked by Indians. Ben is wounded and guarding the prisoner and Little Joe goes for help on foot across the desert.

After that the bulk of the story is carried by Crosse and Greene as Crosse tells Greene about those old days on the old plantation. Being owned was bad enough, but the indignity that sent Crosse over the edge you watch the episode for.

This is one fine Bonanza story with Crosse giving a performance every bit the equal of what he did in The Reivers.


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