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Posted 10 September 2016 - 06:14 PM

Yes, they are still airing, Jarrod.

 

Okay, thanks. I was wondering about that. Have you seen anymore notable episodes?


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 06:12 PM

Ray,

 

You haven't posted about any episodes recently. Are they still airing?

Yes, they are still airing, Jarrod.


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Posted 10 September 2016 - 10:55 AM

Ray,

 

You haven't posted about any episodes recently. Are they still airing?


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Posted 12 June 2016 - 02:22 PM

Jarrod, when are you going to write your book?

Good question! :)


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Posted 12 June 2016 - 02:21 PM

Trivia time-- Mike later cast Mitch Vogel in two episodes of Little House. But the young actor would quit show biz a short time later.

Jarrod, when are you going to write your book?


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Posted 12 June 2016 - 02:10 PM

In this episode, "Cassie", Mitch Vogel appeared as Jaime Hunter-Cartwright.

 

I had forgotten that the Cartwrights had adopted a young man during the final seasons of "Bonanza".

 

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Trivia time-- Mike later cast Mitch Vogel in two episodes of Little House. But the young actor would quit show biz a short time later.


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Posted 12 June 2016 - 01:42 PM

Glad you had a chance to see it. True Boardman also wrote an episode of The Virginian that guest-starred his granddaughter. It was called 'Hannah' and made in 1970. That time she was a girl traveling alone, accompanied by Trampas (Doug McClure) and of course, they got tangled up with a bunch of outlaws. 

In this episode, "Cassie", Mitch Vogel appeared as Jaime Hunter-Cartwright.

 

I had forgotten that the Cartwrights had adopted a young man during the final seasons of "Bonanza".

 

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 11:09 AM

Last night, on an lost episode of "Bonanza", an episode that TopBilled recommended - "Cassie".

 

It was written by True Boardman and starred his granddaughter, Lisa Gerritsen.

 

Her parents were played by Jack Cassidy and Diane Baker.

 

It was about a man who was not a very good provider and schemed to get money in the family's pocket.

 

Lisa Gerritsen was very effective as a little girl who didn't like her father that much and was never hesitant to let him know exactly how she felt.

Glad you had a chance to see it. True Boardman also wrote an episode of The Virginian that guest-starred his granddaughter. It was called 'Hannah' and made in 1970. That time she was a girl traveling alone, accompanied by Trampas (Doug McClure) and of course, they got tangled up with a bunch of outlaws. 


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Posted 12 June 2016 - 07:51 AM

Last night, on an lost episode of "Bonanza", an episode that TopBilled recommended - "Carrie".

 

It was written by True Boardman and starred his granddaughter, Lisa Gerritsen.

 

Her parents were played by Jack Cassidy and Diane Baker.

 

It was about a man who was not a very good provider and schemed to get money in the family's pocket.

 

Lisa Gerritsen was very effective as a little girl who didn't like her father that much and was never hesitant to let him know exactly how she felt.

 

But Jack Cassidy's performance was a knockout - he worked his wiles through a great deal of charm.

 

(Little Joe Cartwright looked very strange - he seemed to be wearing a wig - lots of hair and tinged grey.) 


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:40 PM

If this kind of episode is indicative of the over-all quality of "Bonanza", it's no wonder that the show lasted such a long time.

Most of the stories demonstrated a consistent level of quality, even in the very last season. 

 

When Blocker died, they suffered a huge loss-- but I still thought the episodes made after his death were excellent.


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Posted 05 June 2016 - 07:40 AM

I watched a really intriguing episode from "Bonanza: The Lost Episodes" yesterday on MeTV.

 

It concerned two itinerant carnival perfomers - an old man and his "friend", a much younger **** man - who were penniless and hungry and were taken in by Ben Cartwright.

 

When the older man died accidentally, the younger man was unable to accept his death.

 

Eventually, this younger man descended into madness.

 

And he was sadly killed by the authorities.

 

If this one wasn't an "adult Western", I don't know what actually was.

 

It was beautifully performed, too, by Lorne Greene and the two actors who played the carnival performers.

 

If this kind of episode is indicative of the over-all quality of "Bonanza", it's no wonder that the show lasted such a long time.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:56 AM

The show employed a lot of good stage actors in guest or supporting roles. Of course, many of them are names today's audience knows very little about.

TopBilled, this actor, Liam O'Sullivan, was just so perfect in the role - I am guessing that he happened to have a lot of stage experience.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:11 AM

Today, on MeTV, on "The Lost Episodes of Bonanza", we got a very Irish and a very stylish performance from Liam O'Sullivan as a man who was found guilty of robbing and murdering a stranger.

 

As it turned out, Little Joe Cartwright thought that this man was innocent.

 

And, as it turned out, Liam O'Sullivan had been romantically involved with the murdered man's wife a long time ago in Ireland - he had never shown up for their wedding.

 

And, as it turned out, he had murdered the stranger, when he saw him treating his wife roughly in the street.

 

I had never heard of or seen this actor before - but he had obviously had a lot of experience.

The show employed a lot of good stage actors in guest or supporting roles. Of course, many of them are names today's audience knows very little about.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 03:03 PM

Today, on MeTV, on "The Lost Episodes of Bonanza", we got a very Irish and a very stylish performance from Liam O'Sullivan as a man who was found guilty of robbing and murdering a stranger.

 

As it turned out, Little Joe Cartwright thought that this man was innocent.

 

And, as it turned out, Liam O'Sullivan had been romantically involved with the murdered man's wife a long time ago in Ireland - he had never shown up for their wedding.

 

And, as it turned out, he had murdered the stranger, when he saw him treating his wife roughly in the street.

 

I had never heard of or seen this actor before - but he had obviously had a lot of experience.

 

I love these "adult Westerns".


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Posted 28 May 2016 - 05:16 PM

Watching "The Lost Episodes", I have a new appreciation of Dan Blocker as Hoss.

 

Today, they repeated the one where Tim Considine and Royal Dano were a warring son and father.

 

Dan Blocker understood their pain.

 

And he was instrumental in bringing them together.


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Posted 28 May 2016 - 03:38 PM

Landon wrote "Forever" with the intention of having Dan Blocker play the Cartwright who falls for Alice. When Blocker suddenly died between seasons it was left for Landon to take on the role.  I always thought Hoss's gentleness and vulnerability made him the most romantic of the brothers despite his size.  Episode 3 where he falls for a dying Inger Stevens still makes me pull out the hankie.    

 

A similar Little House episode, Sylvia, had Albert as the lovestruck man of the Ingalls family.  Landon and the cast made you believe everything you saw.   


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Posted 28 May 2016 - 08:58 AM

For those who are watching Bonanza: The Lost Episodes, I thought I would highlight some of the best scripts.

 

Don't miss episodes written by 

 

Chester Krumholz...he only wrote one installment of Bonanza but it's great-- season 8's 'Clarissa' with Nina Foch as the Cartwrights' snobby east coast cousin. It has a lot of comedy and heart.

 

Suzanne Clauser...always tells thought-provoking women's stories. A season 13 episode called 'Second Sight' with guest actress Joan Hackett is worth seeing (it's another episode that was banned by Pat Robertson).

 

True Boardman..tells stories that feature young protagonists (kids). True was a veteran Hollywood screenwriter whose credits went back to the 1940s. But by the time he worked on Bonanza, he was interested in crafting stories that could feature his young granddaughter (Lisa Gerritsen) as a guest star. Don't miss the charming 'Cassie' from season 13.

 

Michael Landon..a lot has been said about Mike's talent as a writer. He scripted 20 episodes of Bonanza, most of them during the later years that are part of the Lost Episodes package. Top entries from him include season 13's 'He Was Only Seven' (which he remade as a story on Little House in the 80s); and the classic two-parter from season 14 called 'Forever.'


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 09:20 PM

Two episodes?  Rats!  I'll try to find the Louise Sorel episode on YouTube or catch it when it's on again.  The 700 gang needs to remember that many medical procedures we take for granted would be called witchcraft once and psychological treatments not so long ago.   

 

Just found it and will watch tomorrow.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 06:41 PM

Today, on MeTV, "Bonanza: The Lost Episodes" aired "The Strange One" with Louise Sorel as a geunine, but misunderstood clairvoyant.

 

It was a very unusual episode with a great deal of built-in tension.

 

Since her "gifts" were misunderstood as "curses" rather than "visions", the men in her wagon train wanted to hang her at the nearest tree.

 

But Ben Cartwright understood what this unusual girl was about - and, since she was staying with him, he was able to save her life.

 

Two very effective performances from Lorne Greene and Louise Sorel.

Good. Glad it aired and people had a chance to see it. It's one of the episodes Pat Robertson banned from the Christian Broadcast Network. I didn't find it offensive at all-- it was a very thought-provoking story.


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Posted 27 May 2016 - 06:24 PM

Today, on MeTV, "Bonanza: The Lost Episodes" aired "The Strange One" with Louise Sorel as a geunine, but misunderstood clairvoyant.

 

It was a very unusual episode with a great deal of built-in tension.

 

Since her "gifts" were misunderstood as "curses" rather than "visions", the men in her wagon train wanted to hang her at the nearest tree.

 

But Ben Cartwright understood what this unusual girl was about - and, since she was staying with him, he was able to save her life.

 

Two very effective performances from Lorne Greene and Louise Sorel.


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