Bonanza: The Lost Episodes:
Fourteen Episodes Included
The Saga Becomes A Solid Western
and Candy Comes On The Scene
270.) Second Chance
September 17, 1967
Written by: John Hawkins, Paul Schneider
Directed by: Leon Benson
Original Story Title: "The Losers"
Renegade Indians have been on the rampage attacking settlers and raising havoc in the West. Joe and Hoss have gone to warn the settlers when Joe is shot with an arrow. Hoss tries to remove the arrow, but the shaft breaks and it is imbedded in Joe's shoulder, leaving Joe gravely wounded. Hoss desperately searches for help and comes upon a wagon train with an odd assortment of people. There are two women, a thief, a dying doctor, and a coward on the wagon train.
Guest Stars: Mulvaney...James Gregory,...Estelle Dawson...Bettye
Ackerman,...Issac Dawson...Joe De Santis,...Frazier...Douglas
Kennedy,...Anna...Jane Zachary,...Breck...Ken Drake,...Lt. March...Jim Beck,...Telegrapher...Martin Eric,...Hal Burton...(uncredited;
horseback double for Michael Landon),...Bill Clark...(uncredited;
horseback double for Dan Blocker).
Trivia: The late James Gregory makes another guest appearance, this
time as the traitorous ex-soldier Mulvaney, with actress Jane Zachary as
his daughter Anna. Bettye Ackerman, actress and wife of the late Sam
Jaffee plays Estelle, with character actor Joe De Santis as Dawson, the
dying doctor, in a poignant and sensitive performance. Character actors
Ken Drake as Breck and Douglas Kennedy as Frazier make another
appearance, and Jim Beck makes his last appearance on the series as
Trivia: Stock footage was taken from Paramount's vast library of films for many
shots of the rampaging Indians in all four acts of this episode. Hal
Burton doubles Joe and Bill Clark as Hoss in act one, where the stuntmen
dressed as Indians are chasing them down the sand at Lovejoy Buttes, in
a bit part.
Location Scenes Filmed at: Lovejoy Buttes, Antelope Valley and Red Rock Canyon, Mojave Desert, California, with a June 1962 stock shot of
Ben riding Buck along the shore of Gooseneck Reservoir, Truckee,
California, along with stock footage of the rampaging Indians from
Paramount's film library, laced throughout this episode's storyline.
Filming date: April 27 to May 4, 1967.
271.) Sense Of Duty
September 24, 1967
Written by: John Hawkins, Gil Laskey
Directed by: William Witney
Ben, Hoss, and Joe come to the aid of a militia escort, being pursued
by the Paiute Indians, and ward them off, only for Ben to discover that he
will be commanding the Virginia City 116th militia after decades of
non-service. The prisoner, a rabble-rousing Paiute who claims he is a
God, is being escorted back to prison, at Fort Churchill. They are forced
to cross Indian country on their journey, where they encounter the
prisoner's loyal followers, Chief Winetka and his tribe.
feel he is a God and not a man and will stop at nothing to protect
him. Chief Winetka even puts his friendship aside with Ben and orders
his warriors to fight the militia. Candy Canady (David Canary) makes
his debut, as a drifter looking for a meal and an adventure. In gratitude
for Candy helping them, Ben hires him and he agrees to sign on at the
Ponderosa on two conditions: that he can pack up and leave anytime he
gets the notion or Ben can send him down the road whenever he wants.
Guest Stars: Candy...David Canary,...Sergeant Ankers...Gene
Rutherford,...Wabuska...Michael Forest,...Steve...Ron Foster,...Chief
Winetka...Richard Hale,...Deputy...Ben Gage,...Colonel Brill...John
Matthews,...Tim Kelley...Kip Whitman,...Wells...Gregg Palmer...(uncredited),...Townsman #1...Bill Quinn...(uncredited; bit part),...Townsman
#2...Dan White...(uncredited; bit part),...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback double for Michael Landon),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; horseback double for Dan Blocker),...Bob Miles...(uncredited; horseback double for David Canary),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback double for Lorne Greene)...Lincoln Demyan...Spence.
Trivia: David Canary makes his debut as "Candy Canaday", in
the first of the 81 episodes he would establish himself in
Trivia: Michael Forest makes his last appearance on the series, this
time as Wabuska, the Paiute who is convinced he is a God. Michael
Forest's career suffered heavily after he made the 1967 Star Trek
episode in which he played Apollo and was then confined to these roles,
as he played a similar role on Bonanza, both filmed around the same time
in 1967. He left for Rome in 1968 and made a lucrative career in doing
voice-overs in the film industry there. He returned to the United States
in 1978 and today is retired in his 70's and is still active at
conventions across the country.
Character actors Ron Foster as Steve and Richard Hale as Chief Winetka,
along with Ben Gage as the Deputy and Bill Quinn as a townsman, all make
return appearances in this episode. Big and burly Gregg Palmer makes
another guest appearance as Wells, and goes uncredited, along with a few
other character actors seen in this episode.
Stunt Trivia: Joe is horseback doubled by Hal Burton, Ben by Ed Jauregui and Hoss by Bill Clark as they ride to stop the rampaging Indians from killing the soldiers. This is repeated in act four on location, when all the
stuntmen dressed as Indians ride in from all directions and circle them,
with Bob Miles doubling Candy (David Canary), Hal Burton as Joe, Ed Jauregui as Ben, and Bill Clark as Hoss riding through the sand, in all the long shots at
Red Rock Canyon. This was the first episode David Canary filmed in May
1967. He would film his second three months later in August, after the
12-week hiatus was finished out.
Location Scenes Filmed at: Red Rock Canyon, Mojave Desert, California.
Filming date: May 15 to May 22, 1967.
272.) The Conquistadores
October 1, 1967
Written by: Walter Black
Directed by: Leon Benson
Mexican prospectors take Joe hostage and demand $25,000 dollars in gold for his return. The town quickly hears about it, and two of the townsmen, Anderson and Perkins, plan to steal the gold for themselves, before Hoss and Ben can deliver it.
Guest Stars: Blas...John Saxon,...Anderson...John
Kellogg,...Quail...Mike de Anda,...Miguel...Carlos
Rivas,...Emiliano...Rodolfo Hoyos,...Roy Coffee...Ray
Teal,...Perkins...Eddie Ryder,...Charlie...King Moody,...Boke...Clyde
Howdy,...Aldrich...Jim Boles,...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback
double and stunt double for Michael Landon),...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunts for Carlos Rivas),...Fred Carson...(uncredited;
horseback stunts as townsman).
Trivia: John Saxon makes his second of three appearances, this time as
Blas, the Mexican schoolmaster, in probably the most entertaining of his
guest roles on the series. Veteran character actors John Kellogg as
Anderson and Eddie Ryder as Perkins make another guest appearance on the
series. Mike de Anda as Quail, previously seen as Corrales in nine's
"The Gold Detector" and Carlos Rivas as Miguel, who would be seen in
season ten's "Salute To Yesterday" as the Mexican-Indian bandit Angel
Stunt Trivia: Hal Burton doubles Joe in three bit parts in this
episode. The first is as Joe is lassoed off the Paint horse in act one,
and then later doubles Joe again when he jumps actor Mike de Anda off
his horse at Bronson Canyon, and then at Lovejoy Buttes, in an
over-the-shoulder shot of Joe falling off the cliff, to complete one
filmed scene. Michael Landon only does his close-ups as Joe for the
above scenes on the soundstage and location, but is fully able to do his
complete fight on Stage 16 in this excellent episode.
Location Scenes Filmed at: Lovejoy Buttes, Antelope Valley,
and Bronson Canyon, Southern California.
Filming date: August 9 to August 16, 1967.
273.) Judgement At Olympus
October 8, 1967
Written by: Walter Black
Directed by: John Rich
Original Story Title: "Judgement at Olympia"
Candy is arrested for committing murder in the town of Olympus. He
is accused of killing Jed Wheelock, the son of wealthy A. Z. Wheelock. He insists on finding his son's killer but he wants a fair trial
for Candy. Joe accompanies Candy to make sure things go smoothly, but when Joe is accused of killing a witness who claims he saw Candy kill Jed, Joe is
locked up for murder with Candy, and it is up to Hoss to find the killer. Prototype for several episodes over the next few seasons.
Guest Stars: Dayton Fuller...Barry Sullivan,...Mary Elizabeth
Fuller...Brooke Bundy,...A. Z. Wheelock...Arch Johnson,...Sheriff
Henning...Robert Brubaker,...Deputy Gibbs...James
Greer,...Judge...Rusty Lane,...Telegrapher...Olan Soule.
Trivia: Barry Sullivan makes his last appearance, this time as Dayton
Fuller, previously in one's, "Death On Sun Mountain", as Mark Burdette, later
seen in Little House's, "Author, Author!". Brooke Bundy, in her last
appearance, as Mary Elizabeth, previously in seven's, "The Debt". Arch
Johnson as A. Z. Wheelock, making his last appearance, previously seen in four's, "The Artist", and in five's, "Return To Honor".
Dabbs Greer as the
prosecuting attorney, in a powerful role, making another of eight
appearances on Bonanza. Robert Brubaker as Sheriff Henning, previously in
earlier seasons, and later in this season's, "The Stronghold". James
Griffith as the Deputy, previously seen in some earlier episodes, most
notably, three's, "The Burma Rarity".
Filming date: September 17 to September 24, 1967.
274.) Night Of Reckoning
October 15, 1967
Written by: Walter Black
Directed by: Leon Benson
A sadistic outlaw named Dibbs along with his gang, take siege
of the Ponderosa, holding Joe, Hoss, and Candy prisoners. Their
foreman, Donny Buckler, has stashed $60,000 dollars and Dibbs will stop
at nothing short of murder to get his hands on it.
Guest Stars: Dibbs...Richard Jaeckel,...Donny Buckler...Ron
Hayes,...Kelly Lincrom...Joan Freeman,...Carew...Teeno
Pollick,...Rusher...William Jordan,...Webster...James Wainwright,...Dr.
Martin...Grandon Rhodes,...Harriet Guthrie...Eve McVeagh,...Bob
Miles...(uncredited; horseback stunt as Deputy, stunt double for David Canary, stunt double for Teeno Pollick),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; extra as Ponderosa hand as
stunts for Dan Blocker).
Trivia: Hop Sing is away and a woman named Harriet Guthrie is taking his place at the time of "Night Of Reckoning".
Trivia: Richard Jaeckel in his last appearance, this time as the
sadistic outlaw Dibbs, previously seen in six's, "Between Heaven and
Earth", as Mitch Devlin. Ron Hayes making another appearance, this time as
Dibb's foreman, Donny Buckler. Joan Freeman returns one last time as
Kelly Lincrom, previously seen in five's, "The Trap".
William Jordan as one of Dibb's gunmen Rusher, famous as a screen heavy in TV and films, later seen in ten's "The Clarion" as Mr. Lech and today has his own web site and resides in Florida. James Wainwright as Webster, later seen in Little House, along
with Teno Pollick, as Carew, also in Little House. Eve McVeagh as
Harriet Guthrie, supporting actress, active in TV and film, many
Bob Miles does three bit parts in this episode. First, as the Deputy that is shot off his horse by Rusher in the front yard. The second bit part has Bob doubling Candy as he falls and trips Dibbs in the living room. The third bit has Bob double Teeno Pollick when Joe shoots him off the stairway in the climax. Dan Blocker is doubled by Bill Clark when Hoss charges and tackles Webster to the floor in the climax, too. Bill Clark also plays a Ponderosa hand, who Joe tries to hint that he and the others are held hostage, when he rudely tells him off at the front door, but Dibbs catches onto this.
Location Scenes Filmed at: June 1961 stock footage of Joe riding
Cochise at Solitude Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: August 25 to September 1, 1967.
275.) False Witness
October 22, 1967
Written by: Eric Norden
Directed by: Michael Moore
After completing a cattle drive in the town of Sand Dust, Candy announces he is heading for Chicago, but he, Hoss, and Joe are placed in protective custody in Sand Dust, after they witness robbery and murder.
Guest Stars: Valerie Townsend...Davey Davison,...Billy Slater...Michael
Blodgett,...Doug Slater...Bill Fletcher,...Sheriff Dunkel...Robert
McQueeney,...Matt Haskell...Frederic Downs,...Jeremiah...Jerry
Douglas,...Judge Wheeler...Russ Conway,...Deputy Jensen...Len
Hendry,...Deputy Strand...Frank Gerstle,...Deputy Farrell...Bill
Henry,...Deputy Short...Hal Burton...(uncredited; extra and stunt),...Bill Clark...Deputy...(uncredited; extra),...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback double for Michael Landon and
horseback stunt as gang member),...Bob Miles...(uncredited; horseback double for Bill Fletcher).
Trivia: Davey Davison, making her last appearance, this time as
Valerie Townsend, previously in five's, "Twilight Town", as Louise. Robert
McQueeney makes his last appearance as the Sheriff of Sand
Dust, previously seen in two's, "The Rival", seven's, "The Strange One", and in eight's, "Black Friday". Bill Fletcher making his last appearance, this
time as Doug Slater, previously as Tollar, in eight's, "The Unseen Wound".
Trivia: Billy Slater is played by Michael Blodgett. The handsome and engaging actor was born on January 1, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began his acting career in Minneapolis and later earned a law degree in political science from Cal State Los Angeles and attended Loyola Law School for a year. He made his film debut as a beach bum in "A Swingin' Summer" (1965).
In the summer of 1967, Michael was the emcee on "Groovy", a weekly TV program of beach party music that was telecast on Los Angeles' Channel 9. He was also cast in the "Bonanza" episode "False Witness" as the notorious outlaw, Billy Slater. In 1968, he switched to Channel 11 and went on to serve as host for "The Michael Blodgett Show", a 90-minute talk show in which he interviewed guests such as Connie Stevens, Agnes Moorehead, Henry Mancini and Pat Paulsen.
Blodgett achieved his greatest fame in cult popularity with his excellent portrayal as a blithely decadent and hedonistic playboy, Lance Rocke in Russ Meyer's campy treat, "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" (1970). His other memorable roles in movies include brash young prisoner Coy Cavendish in "There Was a Crooked Man" (1970), free-spirited hippie Lee Ritter in the offbeat fright feature "The Velvet Vampire" (1971) and abusive masseur Roger Hudson in "The Carey Treatment" (1972). Blodgett had a reoccuring role on the short-lived TV series "Never Too Young" (1965).
In addition to his guest star appearance on "Bonanza", Michael did guest spots on "McHale's Navy" (1962), "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962), "The Munsters" (1964), "Daniel Boone" (1964), "Ironside" (1967), "Night Gallery" (1970), "Barnaby Jones" (1973) and "Barbary Coast" (1975).
Michael left the acting business the late 70's and became a successful novelist and screenwriter. He wrote the novels "Captain Blood", "Hero and the Terror" and "The White Raven." In addition, he wrote or co-wrote the scripts for the Chuck Norris action film "Hero and the Terror" (1988), in which he made an uncredited cameo, "Rent-a-Cop" (1987), the hit comedy "Turner and Hooch" (1989), "Run" (1991), the TV-movie thriller "Revenge on the Highway" (1992) and "The White Raven" (1998). Michael was married four times and had three children over the years. He is the ex-stepfather of Eva Bush. On November 14, 2007, Michael Blodgett died from a heart attack at the age of 67 in Los Angeles, California.
Trivia: The first outdoor opening scene of David Canary, as "Candy", in
the opening credits, which was actually filmed a few weeks later, at Zephyr Cove, for, "Showdown At Tahoe".
Stunt Trivia: At the climax of this episode Hal Burton horseback
doubles Joe in a bit part, as he jumps the stuntman who is playing the
outlaw off his horse to the ground in between Michael's filmed cuts in
"False Witness". Hal also plays Deputy Short, who is gunned down by one by the gang on
the street. Earlier in act one, he plays one of the gang members who Joe
shoots off his horse in the first gunfight. Also in the climax, Bob Miles horseback doubles Bill Fletcher when Hoss shoots him off the horse.
Location Trivia: First of five episodes filmed on the Western Street at
the RKO-Desilu backlot in Culver City.
Location Scenes Filmed at: RKO Forty Acres, Culver City, Southern California and June
1962 stock footage at Gooseneck Meadow, Truckee, California accompanied
by stock footage from Paramount's film library, depicting the cattle
drive shots as this episode opens up. A few more stock shots of some
wolves howling are cut in, along with a June 1961 stock shot of the moon
rising at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: September 5 to September 12, 1967.
276.) The Gentle Ones
October 29, 1967
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Harry Harris
Most people consider Mark Cole a coward, but he does not hesitate to step forward when his brother attempts to break a horse by torturing it.
Guest Stars: Mark Cole...Robert Walker, Jr.,...Dana Dawson...Lana
Wood,...Frank Cole...Pat Conway,...Major Dawson...Douglas
Henderson,...Trask...Stuart Anderson,...Clem...Bing Russell,...Hop
Sing...Victor Sen Yung,...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback double
for Robert Walker and extra as hand),...Bill Clark...(uncredited;
horseback double for Pat Conway),...Clint Sharp...(uncredited; extra
as stage driver).
Trivia: Robert Walker, Jr. as Mark Cole, son of the late Robert
Walker, Sr. Robert Walker, Jr. was in 60's and 70's TV and is best remembered as
"Charlie", in the classic Star Trek episode, "Charlie X". Lana Wood, younger sister of the late Natalie Wood, and Douglas Henderson making his last appearance, as Ben's army friend, previously
seen in season seven's, "Five Sundowns To Sunup", as the Reverend. Pat Conway makes his second appearance, this time as
Cole, who is Mark's older brother. Later seen in ten's "Salute To Yesterday", and previously seen in seven's, "The Lonely Runner", as Roy's corrupt Deputy.
Horse Trivia: Beauty makes his twenty-ninth appearance, this time as the
black stallion that Frank Cole winds up torturing in retaliation for
being spirited and his brother Mark steals him away to the Ponderosa.
Filmed on location at: Janss Conejo Ranch in Southern California.
Filming date: April 11 to April 18, 1967.
277.) Desperate Passage
November 5, 1967
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Leon Benson
Driving horses to Utah, the Cartwrights and Candy discover only two people left in a town wiped out by rampaging Paiute
Indians. Together, Mary Burns and Josh Tanner must travel through hostile territory, along with the Cartwrights and Candy.
Guest Stars: Josh Tanner...Steve Forrest,...Mary Burns...Tina
Louise,...Clem...Bing Russell,...Paul Burns...James Forrest,...Hal
Burton...(uncredited; horseback double for Michael Landon and horseback
stunts as Paiute Indian),...Bob Miles (uncredited; stunts as Paiute Indian),...Ray Mazy (uncredited; stunt double for David Canary),...Bill Clark (uncredited; stunt double for Dan Blocker),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback/stunt double for Lorne Greene).
Trivia: Steve Forrest was born as William Forrest Andrews in
Huntsville, Texas on September 29, 1924. The younger brother of actor
Dana Andrews. At 6' 3", the fairheaded, handsome and virile actor found
himself doing bit parts in the 1940's in Hollywood, including 1943's
Crash Dive, which featured his older brother Andrews and The Ghost Ship. He made the transition to a supporting actor in the 1950's and 1960's,
very prominently. In the late 1960's, his face would be much more
heavily seen, as he became very popular and active in major guest star
roles in the 1970's and 1980's, most prominently in the ABC-TV crime
drama series "S.W.A.T"--1975-76, as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson.
made a special cameo in the 2003 remake of "S.W.A.T", as the truck
driver, and Samuel L. Jackson played the role Forrest originally
portrayed in the original TV-series in the 1970's. On "Bonanza" he
portrays Josh Tanner in this episode and would make another appearance
as lawman Dan Logan in eleven's "To Stop A War".
Tina Louise was born as Tina Blacker in New York City on February 11,
1934. The red-headed beauty at 5' 8", was a former model and singer, who
worked and studied at the Actors Studio and Neighborhood Playhouse in
New York. After her success in the Broadway musical "Li'l Abner", she
went to Hollywood and went on to play in a variety of films, but is best
known for her Marilyn Monroe-ish stranded movie star Ginger Grant, in
the 1964-67 TV-series "Gilligan's Island".
In the Broadway musical, she
played Appassionata Von Climax and shared her dressing room with another
Broadway actress making her debut--Julie Newmar. Her measurements as a
starlet in the 1950's were 37-24-36 and later while doing "Gilligan's
Island" at 38-23-37 and was the Covergirl on Modern Man magazine in July
1957. She detested the association of playing Ginger on the TV-series
and wouldn't appear in any of the TV reunions aired on CBS, more then a
decade after the cancellation of the original series.
However, she has
appeared as herself in television retrospectives to "Gilligan's Island"
in 1999, 2000, 2003, and the most recent in March 2004, reuniting with
surviving cast members and producers for the DVD release of "Gilligan's
Island" in Southern California as herself. In recent years, she's a
volunteer reading teacher in NY school systems and a lifetime member of
Actors Studio. She has one daughter, Caprice from her first marriage.
Stunt Trivia: In the filmed scenes of Joe rounding the bend by the
creek on his horse and signaling the others, it is really Hal Burton
doubling for Michael, and the camera pans over to Bob Miles dressed as a
Paiute Indian on a granite outcrop and he jumps Hal off the Painthorse
and they hit the ground. Then you see filmed close-ups of Michael and
Bob in a fight that takes them into the creek at Solitude
Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and then the knife fight and Bob gets the knife from
Michael who wins the fight. Both wore wet suits to protect themselves from getting hypothermia from the cold water in the creek. The stuntmen would always play the Paiute
Indians in all the fight scenes in episodes on the show.
Stunt Trivia: In the big fight at Gooseneck Meadow has Bob Miles as the Paiute, who rides up to Candy and attacks him. Miles did double Candy, but since he played the Indian, it required Ray Mazy to double Candy on the horse. Joe sees the attack and that is where Hal Burton doubles Joe, who rides up from behind and grabs them both. All three take a big fall off the horses and hit the ground. The action cuts to Bob playing another Paiute, who goes after Ben, being doubled by another stuntman, and gets kicked and falls to the ground.
Hoss reacts to this and Bill Clark doubles him as he rides up and jumps off the horse to stop the Paiute. Lorne and Dan had the same stuntman (Bill Clark), but since both actors were being filmed together in the scene, it required another stuntman on the crew to briefly double Lorne. Back to Joe and Candy, has Bob on top of Mike with the knife and Canary shoots him dead. The action cuts back to the others, with Ben regaining consciousness, only to see Hoss (Blocker), who strangles the Paiute dead on the ground.
Stunt Trivia: Hal Burton doubles for Michael at Spooner Lake during the
escape scenes after Joe cuts the horses loose, Hal jumps on and rides a
large white horse, and then jumps off doing a twist then landing on his
too dangerous for Landon to do. Hal doubles Joe again on the horse as the group quickly rides away from the lake as act four comes to a conclusion.
Location scenes filmed at: Gooseneck Meadow, Truckee, California and
Canyon and Spooner Lake, at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: September 13 to September 21, 1967.
278.) The Sure Thing
November 12, 1967
Written by: Sidney Ellis, Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: William Witney
A young girl's ownership of a beloved stallion is jeopardized by the "big plans" of her scheming father.
Guest Stars: Trudy Loughlin...Kim Darby,...Bert Loughlin...Tom
Tully,...Harper...William Bryant,...Hop Sing...Victor Sen
Yung,...Carter...King Moody,...Townsman...Duane Grey,...Official...Matt
Emery,...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback double for Michael Landon and
townsman in horse race),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; horseback double
for Dan Blocker),...Polly Burson (uncredited; stunt double for Kim Darby).
Trivia: As this episode opens, a filmed shot of Washoe Lake is seen from one of the scenic overlooks on the eastern side of the Mount Rose Summit reused from 1962 filmed footage at Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Trivia: Kim Darby makes her only Bonanza appearance, seen in
many TV series and films, best remembered as "Miri", in the classic "Star Trek" series.
Stunt Horse Trivia: Beauty makes his thirtieth appearance, this time as the
wild stallion owned by Trudy. The white markings on his rear legs have
been painted over to match the rest of his black presence. He is past
his peak of performance in this episode for being 24 years old.
Stunt Trivia: As this episode opens up with Joe and Hoss first seeing
Trudy on her horse, chasing the wild stallion, both Hal Burton as Joe
and Bill Clark as Hoss, do all the fast riding shots pursuing the black
stallion. Hal and Bill get their ropes out while riding, and Hal in the
Joe costume lassoes Beauty. Michael and Dan just do their close-ups on
horseback with Kim Darby and then ride away as the opening credits
sequence begins. Hal also doubles Michael in act one, when Joe is racing
after Trudy at Janss Conejo Ranch on a brown stunthorse. Kim Darby was doubled by Polly Burson in this episode and she doubled her in "True Grit" (1969).
Location Scenes Filmed at: Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California and June 1962 stock footage of Washoe Lake from Mount Rose Summit, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: May 5 to May 12, 1967.
279.) Showdown At Tahoe
November 19, 1967
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Jamison Fillmore and his cunning gang plan to rob a million dollars
from Ben's timber operation, then use his paddle wheel steamboat, the
Dixie, to escape across Lake Tahoe. Fillmore sneaks onto the boat just
before it leaves the dock and surprises Captain Nells Larson. Fillmore
and Captain Larson were cellmates in territorial prison years
ago. Fillmore orders Captain Larson to introduce him to Ben as a
lumberman from San Francisco, and say nothing else.
complies, Fillmore will pay for Larson's daughter Julie's education back
east. If he doesn't comply, Fillmore will kill him. Fillmore soon suspects
that the Captain betrayed him, though he didn't, and he kills him. After
the Captain's death, Candy takes over the Dixie. Suspicious of
Fillmore, Candy tells him he wants to steal Ben's payroll. His suspicions
are confirmed when Fillmore lets him in on the plan. The final showdown
in act four, one of the greatest battle sequences ever made on Bonanza.
Guest Cast: Jamison Fillmore....Richard Anderson....Captain Nells
Larson....Karl Swenson....Julie Larson....Shelia Larken....Brother
Guy....Kevin Hagen.....Testy....Christopher Dark....Houston....Troy
Melton....Deputy Clem....Bing Russell....Deputy Tucker....Bill
Clark....Shotgun Rider....Hal Burton....(uncredited; falling stunt & horseback double for Michael Landon)....Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback double for Lorne Greene)....Bill Clark...(uncredited; horseback double for Dan Blocker)..
Trivia: Richard Anderson, making his only Bonanza
appearance, as Jamison Fillmore, best remembered as Oscar Goldman in
TV's, "The Six-Million Dollar Man". Karl Swenson makes his last Bonanza
appearance as Captain Larson, previously in seven's, "A Natural
Wizard", and earlier seasons. Kevin Hagen as Guy, making his last
appearance also, later as Doc Baker in "Little House On The
Prairie". Christopher Dark also making his last appearance, while Troy
Melton makes yet another as Houston. Hal Burton as a shotgun rider who is
killed in the last holdup, and Bill Clark as the Deputy that Fillmore
kills in act one.
M.S. Dixie I and M.S. Dixie II History: The Dixie has a long history of
over 50 years. She was first brought to Lake Tahoe in 1948 from the
Mississippi River, with the plan of turning her into a floating casino. Not long after that plan failed, she sank off the shallow waters at
Cave Rock. After being recovered, she was converted into a houseboat by
the owner of the Logan Shoals Marina. The houseboat turned out to be
very popular. The Dixie appeared in several commercials and in this
episode of "Bonanza" and in "State Troopers". She was also very popular
for political fundraisers, decked out in red, white, and blue for the
likes of then Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt.
In 1969, the decision was made to capitalize on the demand and convert
the Dixie into a commercial tour boat. Over a two-year period she was
lengthened, twin engines and propellers were added, and a galley and new
second and third decks installed. On Memorial Day of 1972 the M.S. Dixie
took her first public cruise, ending a 30-year period during which Lake
Tahoe had been without a large commercial vessel. She was an immmediate and long lasting success treating tens of
thousands of visitors to cruises on the lake each summer.
visitors were future presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, and a
contingent of visiting Russian cosmonauts accompanied by their American
counterparts. Oftentimes, the crew recognizes movie stars and celebrities. But
knowing that the guests prefer a relaxing ride without intrusions or
fanfare, they are simply treated with the same courtesy and deference
they have for every passenger on the Dixie. After the years came and went, time deteriorated the original Dixie
beyond reasonable repair and the decision was made to build the M.S.
Because the Tahoe basin has stringent controls on shoreline
activities, the plan was to construct the vessel to 90% of its
completion at the yard of her builder, Skipperline Industries, at the
home at LaCrosse, Wisconsin, with the sections bolted together. All of
the engines would be pre-installed, and the 151 foot long vessel would
be broken down into four main sections and transported on special
tractor trailers to Lake Tahoe.
To prepare for the journey West, hundreds of curves, overpasses and
bridges were surveyed and measured. More than 30 permits were obtained
to cover the roads which crossed into southern Wisconsin, Minnesota,
South Dakota, Wyoming, and Utah before entry into Nevada. The only
trouble they had at Lake Tahoe was when they had to squeeze the trailers
through the tunnel at Cave Rock and did it successfully. The longest
journey of the Dixie II was her
first. Final assembly took place in the parking lot at Zephyr Cove through
the winter of 1993-1994, with her launch in the spring.
With hundreds of
spectators watching, the new boat inched its way to the water. After 10
hours, the boat was in enough water to float free. Pilot boats nudged
the Dixie II to her new home at the Zephyr Cove Resort pier. The public career of the M.S. Dixie II began in May of 1994. She has
been enthusiastically received by the cruising public, who enjoy the
spacious, comfortable interiors, refurbished in 2001, picture window
viewing, state-of-the-art climate control, and classic lines of this
570-passenger paddlewheeler. Now the Dixie II cruises Lake Tahoe year round, delighting all who
come aboard with the traditions of friendly service and great times that
began on the Dixie I.
Trivia: This episode marks the second outdoor opening scene of
Candy, standing under the pines at Zephyr Cove, at the beginning credits.
Trivia: In the final showdown against Fillmore and his men, Joe decides he's
going to make a charge at the boat and board it to save Candy. Ben and
Hoss warn him, it's too dangerous, but there is no other way. For the
second time this season, we see Michael Landon wearing a wetsuit, as he is
boarding the Dixie. He wore a wet suit previously in this season's "Desperate Passage" in
the knife fight scene at Solitude
Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Kevin Hagen Trivia: In his sixth and last appearance on the series,
Kevin Hagen's favorite "Bonanza" episode as he remembers it well.
"We filmed on location at Zephyr Cove on the banks of beautiful Lake
Tahoe. I'd been to Lake Tahoe before and really loved the area.
"Showdown at Tahoe" was fast-paced and exciting, and for an actor, a
nice challenging role."
Location Scenes Filmed at: Zephyr
Cove and Tahoe Meadows, Lake Tahoe,
Nevada with September 1967 stock footage of Rose Knob Peak and June 1962
stock footage of Solitude Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: September 22 to September 28, 1967.
280.) Six Black Horses
November 26, 1967
Written by: William Jerome, Michael Landon
Directed by: Don Daves
Ben's old friend has stolen money from corrupt politicians in New York and plans to invest in Nevada. Script co-written by Michael Landon.
Guest Stars: Onie Dugan...Burgess Meredith,...McCoy...Richard X.
Slattery,...Julie...Judy Parker,...Tierney...Hal Baylor,...Patrick O' Neill...Don Haggerty,...Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung,...Dr.
Martin...Grandon Rhodes,...Father O' Brien,...Liam Dunn,...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunts as townsman),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; stunts
for Dan Blocker),...Stage Driver 1...Shug Fisher...(uncredited; extra)...Stage Driver 2...Clint Sharp...(uncredited; extra),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; stunt double for Lorne Greene),...Clint Sharp...(uncredited; stunt double for Burgess Meredith).
Trivia: Burgess Meredith makes his only Bonanza
appearance, veteran on film and TV, notably, the 60's hit, "Batman", as "The Penguin", in a stellar performance. Hal Baylor making another
appearance, last seen in eight's, "Old Charlie", and in this season's, "The Stronghold". Don Haggerty as the heavy, who was infrequently seen on
Bonanza, later seen in fourteen's, "Forever" as the bartender in Carson City. Grandon Rhodes makes his last appearance as Doc Martin on the series.
Location Trivia: July 1959 stock footage of Hoss chopping down a tree at Lake Hemet is seen, along with June 1962 stock footage from "The Quest", and July 1959 stock footage from Mount Rose Summit, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: April 19 to April 26, 1967.
281.) Check Rein
December 3, 1967
Written by: Robert I. Holt, Olney Sherman
Directed by: Leon Benson
The Cartwrights help to prevent a young man's devious uncle from wrongfully acquiring a remarkable stallion and his nephew's ranch. Excellent music score David Rose based on "The Ponderosa" theme cue. He re-adapated it for the title music in 'Little House on the Prairie.'
Guest Stars: Jace Fredericks...James MacArthur,...Cathy...Patricia
Hyland,...Gabrielle Bingham...Ford Rainey,...Rio...Charles
Maxwell,...Sheriff Buhler...Robert Karnes,...Asa...William
Fawcett,...Cowboy...Tom Fadden,...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback
double for James MacArthur and Michael Landon, and extra as cowboy at
Rimville corral),...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunt for David Canary),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; horseback double for Dan Blocker),...Troy Melton...(uncredited; stunt and extra as Ponderosa hand)...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback double for Lorne Greene)..
Stunt Trivia: In some of the horseback shots at Glenbrook Valley, the
cast and guest stars do their own riding. In a few other shots, Hal
Burton doubles Joe, along with Bill Clark doubling Hoss, with Lorne
Greene riding his horse with Patricia Hyland riding Beauty at a slower
pace behind them, down the dirt road at the valley. Hal Burton also
doubles James MacArthur, when his character gets blown off his horse by
the dynamite explosion at Ben's logging camp in act one. In the barn
fight, when Rio is about to steal the black horse, Candy gets into a
fight and in one over-the-shoulder shot, is doubled by Bob Miles,
getting hit over the head. Troy Melton does his extra and stunt bit as a
Ponderosa hand who gets wounded by Rio at the barn fight, when he and
his men try to kill Jace.
Trivia: Veteran character actor Ford Rainey makes another appearance, this time
as the sinister Gabrielle Bingham, with veteran serial star Charles
Maxwell making another appearance this time, as his evil foreman Rio. Patricia Hyland as Cathy, projects innocence and natural beauty as
Jace's fiance alongside the horses. Sheriff Buhler is portrayed by
character actor Robert Karnes, making another appearance on the series,
and James MacArthur makes his only appearance as Jace Fredericks.
Adopted by playwright Charles MacArthur and his actress wife, Helen
Hayes, shortly after his birth on December 8, 1937.
Best remembered as
Detective Dan "Danno" Williams in "Hawaii Five-O" in this complex role
next to Jack Lord, from 1968 to 1979. MacArthur has been married three times, first to his college sweetheart
and actress Joyce Bulifant, then actress Melody Patterson, with two
children, Charles and Mary. His third wife is H. B. Duntz, with a son named Jamie. He also has a daughter Juliette.
MacArthur is active these days on the
fan circuit, radio, television and stage. All of his films are being
issued on DVD, along with his mother's, with many supplements and
never-before-seen photos and commentaries. The ongoing rumors about a
"Hawaii Five-O" movie continue unabated with MacArthur returning as
Danno, as well as a new series he will star in based in Hawaii, and a
one-man show and autobiography, but nothing more definitive then that at
Stunt Horse Trivia: Beauty makes his thirty-first appearance on the series,
this time as Jace's wild stallion. Beauty's rear white markings above
the hooves have been painted over again, and in some scenes, the white
star marking on his head. At 24 years-old, the horse is more than
fantastic, he's a horse from God.
Location Scenes Filmed at: Solitude
Lake, and Glenbrook Valley, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Newly filmed September 1967 stock footage of
the Cartwrights and Candy is seen at Tahoe Meadows and Solitude
Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: September 29 to October 4, 1967.
282.) Justice Deferred
December 17, 1967
Written by: Jack Miller
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Hoss cannot convince Andy Buchanan they convicted the wrong man of murder, and when Andy refuses to testify against the real killer, the results are grim.
Guest Stars: Frank Scott and Mel Barnes...Simon
Oakland,...Gladys....Nita Talbot,...Andy Buchanan...Carl
Hubbard,...Judge...Tol Avery,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Monroe...Harlan
Warde,...Belden...Byron Morrow,...Mrs. Scott...Claudia Bryar,...2nd
Bartender...Cosmo Sardo...(uncredited; extra),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; stunt for Dan Blocker and extra as cowboy in saloon),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair in
Trivia: Simon Oakland as Frank Scott/Mel Barnes, making his second
appearance, previously seen in four's, "Thunder Man" as Poole, and later as
Judge Tabor, in ten's, "The Clarion". Carl Reindel as Andy, making his second appearance, previously seen in
four's, "The Beginning", and later in twelve's, "Thornton's Account" as
Frank Wells. John Hubbard makes another appearance, previously in
five's, "The Roper" and in six's, "To Own The World".
Harlan Warde makes
his second appearance as an attorney. He was first seen in three's, "Inger, My
Love", later in this season's, "The Bottle
Fighter", ten's, "A World Full Of Cannibals", eleven's, "The Law and Billy Burgess", and in twelve's, "Thornton's
Account". Byron Morrow making another appearance, first seen as the
Reverend Blaisdale, in eight's, "The Pursued". Tol Avery, as the Judge, in
act one, in earlier seasons, most notably in five's, "Ponderosa Matador".
Stunt Trivia: While Hoss is testifying and Frank Scott goes and charges
him at the stand, it's Bill Clark doubling Hoss, while Simon Oakland as Scott, tackles him in the chair, falling over in one scene.
Filming date: October 5 to October 12, 1967.
283.) The Gold Detector
December 24, 1967
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Don Daves
Hoss wants to buy a mine thought to be worthless and orders a fancy invention to prove it isn't and becomes the local laughingstock in town. "The Ponderosa" theme cue that opens the episode was later re-adapted as the end title music for 'Little House on the Prairie.'
Guest Stars: Professor Albert McNultey...Wally Cox,...Barney...Paul
Fix,...Casey...Caroline Richter,...Vern Higgins...Kelly
Johnson,...Corrales...Mike de Anda,...Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung,...Fred
Carson...(uncredited; stunts as Mexican in shack and for Kelly Thordsen).
Trivia: Wally Cox makes the first of two appearances, in this one as
Professor McNultey. Veteran movie and TV actor Paul Fix makes his first
of two appearances also, along with a returning Dub Taylor and Chubby
Johnson, this time as the hilarious Simon and Cash. Mexican actor Mike
de Anda portrays Corrales, also seen as one of the Mexican prospectors
in nine's "The Conquistadores". And stuntman Fred Carson does a few bit
parts, one for an uncredited Mexican actor who gets into the fight with
Joe and for Kelly Thordsen, when he assaults the gold detector and it
Location Scenes Filmed at: Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California, with June 1964 stock footage of Hoss and Joe riding their horses at Onyx and 1961 stock footage of Joe at Iverson Ranch, California.
Filming Date: April 3 to April 10, 1967.
284.) The Trackers
January 7, 1968
Written by: Louis Bercovitch, Fredrick Louis Fox
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Ben helps hunt down an ex-con he helped convict of bank robbery five years before, when the bank is robbed again. The man, Kully Mako, claimed he was innocent the first time and had nothing to do with the
Guest Stars: Sam Bregan...Warren Stevens,...Kully Mako...Bruce
Dern,...Buzz...Warren Vanders,...Grifty...Ted Gehring,...Roy
Coffee...Ray Teal,...Tom Evans...Robert P. Lieb,...Sean...Christopher
Peterson,...Phillips...Lincoln Demyan...(uncredited; bit part),...Deputy...Bill Clark...(uncredited; extra),...Townswoman...Martha
Manor...(uncredited; extra),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback double for Lorne Greene),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; horseback double for Dan Blocker),...Hal Burton...(uncredited; horseback double for Michael Landon),...Ray Mazy...(uncredited; horseback double for David Canary).
Trivia: Warren Stevens as Sam Bregan, previously seen as a Russian
nobleman in eight's, "The Prince", and as Paul, in six's, "The
Ballerina", and later in twelve's, "El Jefe", played Rojan in the classic
Star Trek episode, "By Any Other Name". Bruce Dern as Kully Mako, making
his debut on Bonanza, later seen in eleven's, "The Gold Mine". A veteran of
TV and film, his daughter is actress Laura Dern. Warren Vanders makes
another appearance as an incorrigable posseman, Buzz, later seen in
twelve's, "The Desperado", and previous episodes, as in six's, "The
Far, Far Better Thing", and in seven's, "Ride the Wind".
Ted Gehring as Grifty, another posseman, making his debut on Bonanza, later seen in ten's, "Five Candles", eleven's, "Anatomy Of A Lynching", and "A Matter Of
Circumstance", twelve's, "The Power Of Life and Death", and "An Earthquake Called Callahan", thirteen's, "The Grand Swing", and "The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother". He played Ebenezer Sprague, in Little House On The Prairie.
James Sikking, of TV fame, as Kully's brother Kevin, previously seen in
eight's, "Judgement At Red Creek", and Arthur Peterson, as the
bank Inspector, previously in three's, "Blessed Are They", this
season's, "In Defense Of Honor", and in
eleven's, "The Long Way To Ogden".
Location Scenes Filmed at: Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California with June 1961 stock footage of the stagecoach at Solitude Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Later in the story is a montage of shots that starts off with September 1967 stock footage of the Cartwrights and Candy crossing the creek at Solitude Canyon, as they search for Kully Mako, fading to Ben riding at Keyesville, Hoss riding alongside the river in Kernville and September 1967 stock shot of Candy riding through the upper slopes at Tahoe Meadows, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Filming date: October 23 to October 30, 1967.
285.) A Girl Named George
January 14, 1968
Written by: William H. Wright
Directed by: Leon Benson
Trick photography is employed to help a killer beat a murder rap, to prove he was not there at the time of the murder he
committed. However, the camera also proves to be his undermining.
Guest Stars: Enos Blessing...Jack Albertson,...George...Sheliah
Wells,...Cato Troxel...Gerald Mohr,...Judge Neely...Fred
Clark,...Roscoe...Andy Devine,...Mrs. Neely...Patsy
Kelly,...Coroner...Harry Harvey, Sr.,...Deputy...Steve Gaines,...Bob
Miles...(uncredited; horseback and fight double for Gerald Mohr),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; horseback and fight double for Lorne
Greene),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; blonde townswoman in courtroom).
Trivia: Gerald Mohr as Cato Troxel, in his last Bonanza appearance, previously seen in two's, "The Abduction" as Mr. Reed, and in seven's, "Found Child", as the evil Uncle. Sheilah Wells as George, making her first of two appearances, later seen in
twelve's, "Winter Kill". Jack Albertson, wonderful actor, also making his
first of two appearances, later in fourteen's, "The Sound Of Sadness".
Stunt Trivia: In act four's fast-paced horseback sequences at the
Janss Conejo Ranch, Ed Jauregui doubles for Lorne Greene on horseback and
ropes Bob Miles who is doubling for Gerald Mohr, off his horse, and a
filmed close-up of Lorne on horseback is edited in. Ed and Bob do the
whole fight doubling them and Lorne Greene and Gerald Mohr just do their
required close-ups that are edited in for the final print.
Filmed on location at: Janss Conejo Ranch in Southern California.
Filming date: October 13 to October 20, 1967.
286.) The Thirteenth Man
January 21, 1968
Written by: Walter Black
Directed by: Leon Benson
The ranchers are once again losing stock to rustlers and not everyone agrees with range detective Marcus Alley's preventive methods.
Guest Stars: Marcus Alley...Albert Salmi,...Arch Holenbeck...Richard
Carlson,...Issiah Heath...Kenneth Tobey,...Prudence Welles...Anna
Navarro,...Johannsen...Myron Healey,...Allison...Bill Quinn,...Roy
Coffee...Ray Teal,...Terry...John Lodge,...Charles...John
Zaremba,...Welles...Michael Kriss,...Lamar Forbes...Jon
Lormer,...Bartender...Cosmo Sardo...(uncredited; extra).
Trivia: Albert Salmi as Marcus Alley, making his second
appearance on Bonanza, previously seen in two's, "Silent Thunder", and
later in thirteen's, "Search In Limbo", and in fourteen's, "Ambush At Rio
Lobo". Anna Navarro makes her debut as Prudence, the widow of the man Alley
kills in act one, she was
previously in eight's, "Amigo", and later in eleven's, "Danger Road", and
twelve's, "El Jefe". John Lodge makes his first appearance as a rancher, later seen as
the Deputy, in this season's, "The Crime Of Johnny Mule", and "In Defense Of Honor".
Bill Quinn is seen once again, this time as a member
of the Cattleman's Association. Richard Carlson as Arch Holenbeck, makes one of a few appearances, best remembered from the sci-fi films of the 1950's, "It Came From Outer Space", "The Maze", and "Creature From The Black Lagoon". He was also a director and appeared on many 50's and 60's Westerns. And Jon Lormer as Prudence's father, also in the classic Star Trek episode, "For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky", and in Highway To Heaven.
Filmed on location at: Vasquez Rocks, California.
Filming date: October 31 to November 7, 1967.
Season Nine Episodes 287 - 303 continued...