Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Sound of Sadness 

Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May, wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), Michael Landon
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mitch Vogel ... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Tim Matheson ... Griff King
Jack Albertson ... Jonathan May
John Randolph ... Mr. Dawson
Marty McCall Marty McCall ... Tim
Carol Locatell ... Mrs. Holcombe (as Carol Lawson)
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Caines
Dan Ferrone ... Mr. Holcombe
Jerry Harper Jerry Harper ... Silas
Harry Holcombe ... Dr. J. P. Martin
Bing Russell ... Deputy Clem Foster
Timothy Marshall Timothy Marshall ... Robbie
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Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May, wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the adoption agency folks straight on what a loving father is. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Abandoned
7 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Probably the best episode of the last Bonanza season, Jack Albertson gives a touching performance as a widower farmer who takes in two runaway orphans and bonds with them like no other since their parents deserted them.

The two kids are in the orphanage because of parental abandonment and there's a young couple who is willing to adopt one, but not the other because the younger boy has just stopped talking.

Many years ago I knew a brother and sister who had that situation, both were taken from their parents and made wards of the state. But the girl was adopted and the boy wasn't. I knew the issues he faced in his life and that rejection scarred his soul for the rest of his life.

Orphan director John Randolph is really not a bad person, but definitely thick. Both Lorne Greene and Tim Matheson have to set him straight.

Albertson is wonderful in his role. His scenes with the two orphans are truly sublime.


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