Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Unwritten Commandment 

Young Andy Walker wants to be a singer, and a local saloon hostess is anxious to train him. But Andy's father won't hear of it and doesn't want his son to be anything but a farmer like him.

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Jo Pagano (teleplay), William Blinn (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Wayne Newton ... Andy Walker
Anne Jeffreys ... Lilly
Malcolm Atterbury ... Willard Walker
Jerry Newton Jerry Newton ... Mike
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Reverend Porter
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Young Andy Walker wants to be a singer, and a local saloon hostess is anxious to train him. But Andy's father won't hear of it and doesn't want his son to be anything but a farmer like him.

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The songs Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (1949), and Danny Boy (1910), sung in this episode, weren't even written yet in the time period (late 1860's/early 1870's) in which this episode is set. See more »

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Singing for your supper
17 June 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A few references to the departed Adam Cartwright are made in this Bonanza story where young Wayne Newton guest stars along with Anne Jeffreys. There's even a part here for Newton's older brother Jerry Newton as Jeffreys accompanist on the piano.

Young Wayne plays the son of widower Malcolm Atterbury who wants his son to tend to farming. Jeffreys hears him singing and she and the piano player offer to give him some singing lessons. Singing in a saloon is not a place he favors.

The Cartwrights take him in and they even let him use Adam's guitar. In fact we learn that Adam is making the grand tour of Europe.

How does it all get resolved? Let's say that a venue is found for Newton's singing that Atterbury can't object to.

The series regulars are in a backseat to the singing of both Anne Jeffreys and Wayne Newton.


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