Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Twilight Town 

Little Joe is attacked by outlaws, but finds that his biggest challenge is fighting his way through the secrets of a town shrouded in mystery.





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Episode cast overview:
... Ben Cartwright
... Adam Cartwright
... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Louise Corman
... Katie O'Brien
... Mr. Corman
... Masterson
... Felix Matthews / Bushwhacker (as Michael Mickler)
Andy Albin ... Stationmaster
... Clem
Joseph Breen ... Townsman


Little Joe is knocked unconscious and his horse is stolen by an outlaw. He wanders through the desert until he comes to a ghost town. He collapses in the street. When he comes to, finds himself being nursed back to health by a beautiful girl in Martinville, a quiet place full of friendly if mysterious townsfolk. After his recovery, Joe is surprised to be offered the position of Sheriff by the town's leaders. They tell him they need him to save them from a band of marauding outlaws. A woman attired in black warns Joe of the town's previous shameful betrayal of her husband, the town's previous sheriff. Still, Joe organizes resistance against the outlaws. In the end, Joe is forced to face the outlaws as the townsfolk grow increasingly diffident; and he is forced to come face to face with the final dark mystery of Martinville. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Release Date:

13 October 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode had an almost supernatural feel to it, hence the title "Twilight Town" - a homage to the Twilight Zone - in both style and music quality. See more »


Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: [approaching a man lying on the ground, he comes face to face with the barrel of a gun] Look, I'm just trying to help you, mister.
Bushwhacker: You've helped.
[gets up from the ground]
Bushwhacker: Now, just take it easy, friend.
[takes Little Joe's water canteen]
Bushwhacker: I lost my horse, and now I'm buying your horse.
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: He's not for sale, mister.
Bushwhacker: Well, you'd better change your mind. I'm paying you a good price for him.
[strikes Little Joe in the head with the gun]
Bushwhacker: Your life.
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29 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Surely one the best episodes of this series. But it escapes me how no one made the "Brigadoon" connection. It may be somewhat obvious but I think it deserves mention.

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