Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Three Brides for Hoss 

"Three Brides for Hoss" is an episode of Bonanza starring Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker. An ordinary day on the Ponderosa turns all but ordinary when three mail order brides arrive claiming they're engaged to Hoss.





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Episode cast overview:
... Ben Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Jester McGillicuddy
... Annie Slocum
Mitzi Hoag ... Libby Spencefield
Danielle Aubry ... Yvette Devereaux
Claude Hall ... Ned Slocum
Wynn Pearce ... Jed Slocum
Sharyl Locke ... Jenny McGillicuddy
... Matt
... Doctor
... Hop Sing


An ordinary day on the Ponderosa turns all but ordinary when three mail order brides arrive claiming they're engaged to Hoss.

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Release Date:

20 February 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the show opens, Ned Slocum is playing a harmonica, and the tune he is playing is the theme song from "Gunsmoke." Both shows were filmed at Paramount Studios, but Bonanza was on NBC and Gunsmoke was on CBS. See more »

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Love is strange
10 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although Stu Erwin's Irish brogue is not terribly convincing, the whole Bonanza episode leans most successfully on the humorous side as three women show up at the Ponderosa claiming to be mail order brides for Hoss Cartwright. Not like the Cartwright boys ever had any trouble getting women even Hoss.

Of course it's not Dan Blocker looking for a bride, it's Stu Erwin who wants a bride and a mother for his little daughter Sharyl Locke. He just signs his advertisement Hoss Cartwright.

Answering the ad is Majel Barrett taking time from Star Trek to play a gal from Kentucky who comes to the Ponderosa with her hillbilly brothers Claude Hall and Wynn Pearce. Also answering the ads are Mitzi Hoag from Boston and Danielle Aubry from Cajun New Orleans. This episode was awash with accents.

And believe it or not it all works out and I think you can figure it out. The course of true love is strange indeed at times.

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