Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Wagon 

"The Wagon" is an episode of Bonanza starring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon. A murder suspect escapes a prison wagon. Sheriff Price Buchanan, who covets an appointment to Deputy U.S. Marshal, finds an injured Hoss. Buchanan, knowing his career is at risk if he fails... See full summary »

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... Ben Cartwright
... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
... Price Buchanan
... Madge Tucker
... Kyte (as Jonathan Lippe)
Lee J. Lambert ... Jase (as Lee Jay Lambert)
... Sheriff Brody
Robert Vanselow ... Fred Quinn (as Bob Vanselow)
... Luis Getty
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A murder suspect escapes a prison wagon. Sheriff Price Buchanan, who covets an appointment to Deputy U.S. Marshal, finds an injured Hoss. Buchanan, knowing his career is at risk if he fails his appointed duty, arrests Hoss and plans to substitute him in as his prisoner. Hoss befriends a fellow prisoner named Madge Tucker, whom knows Hoss was falsely arrested. Together, the two scheme to escape the wagon and Buchanan's clutches. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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5 October 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Ken Pettus also wrote a very similar episode with an almost identical plot for Season 3 of The Big Valley (Four Days to Furnace Hill) in 1967. Enter Victoria in the part for Hoss. See more »

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So relevant for today
13 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

A prison wagon being driven to the Nevada State prison finds an unconscious Hoss Cartwright on the ground. He got that way after being grazed by a bullet fired by someone who escaped from said wagon earlier. The man in charge is Denver Pyle who has been charged with delivering three prisoners and he will deliver them one way or another. One of the other prisoners is a woman Salome Jens.

This was an interesting story from the point of view of that this sounds an awful lot like the privately run prisons so recently and deservedly attacked. Interesting how this Bonanza episode has so recently assumed a relevance.

It is a reworking of a previously broadcast Big Valley story. But I liked this one because it's so relevant for today.


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