Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge.

Director:

Thomas Carr

Writer:

Lewis Reed
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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
Herschel Bernardi ... Clarence Bolling
Catherine McLeod ... Mrs. McClure
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Bill Zuckert ... Gilbert
Robert Foulk ... Deputy Sheriff Fred
Scatman Crothers ... Jud
Hy Terman Hy Terman ... Arthur Bolling
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The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Traditional Negro spiritual
Portion sung by Herschel Bernardi
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Gripping Premise, but Sadly a Letdown
14 July 2017 | by gagaboobalaSee all my reviews

To me, this was insulting. Yes, an interesting premise, and some haunting, ominous undertones. I have been watching Bonanza for 50 or more years. I like many of the episodes. This one let me down.

I had to wonder, how did supposedly smart people act so much like dunces. How did the writers goof around with this so much. Sure, it was a TV show. I don't expect perfection. I do expect a fair degree of competence.

I think is an example of a good 30 minute show presented as a 60 minute mistake. A half hour might have been cramped, but the longer period yielded to much idle brain time for the writers. Again, some good acting and situations. Still, aggravating and disappointing.


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