Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Death on Sun Mountain 

The Cartwrights go up against two San Francisco men who plan to get rich by killing off the antelope herds--which the Indians rely on for their food--and selling the meat to Virginia City's swarms of silver miners.

Director:

Paul Landres
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Barry Sullivan ... Mark Burdette
Karl Swenson ... Carl Harris
Leo Gordon ... Early Thorne
Bek Nelson ... Glory
Harry Bartell ... Chief Winnemucca
Ron Soble ... Tukwa
Jeanne Bates ... Stella Harris
Robin Warga Robin Warga ... Michael Harris
Jay Hector Jay Hector ... Harold Harris
Zon Murray ... Miner
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The Cartwrights go up against two San Francisco men who plan to get rich by killing off the antelope herds--which the Indians rely on for their food--and selling the meat to Virginia City's swarms of silver miners.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Clark's TV debut. See more »

Goofs

In one scene a rock "bounces". See more »

Quotes

Adam Cartwright: He came here to strike it rich, find a bonanza, and now he's dead.
Glory: He found it. He found his bonanza. He found it just as he died. And that's better than never finding it at all, isn't it?
Adam Cartwright: Yes Glory, it's better. It's better.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are scrolled over the Ponderosa map with a different instrumental version of the "Bonanza" theme. See more »

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Exploiters of all kinds
8 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Any kind of a mining boom will always bring out those like Barry Sullivan and Leo Gordon who will find a way to exploit the situation. In Sullivan's case it's food and he has Gordon and a crew of hunters killing off the wild antelope on which the Paiute Indians subsist.

Which brings Ben Cartwright into the situation. Lorne Greene on behalf of the Paiute chief Winnemucca confronts Sullivan and says he'll undercut Sullivan by selling beef cattle to the miners at reasonable prices. Something goes against the Cartwright grain concerning exploiting starvation for indecent profit.

Sullivan in the end has something of a conscience, Leo Gordon does not and that sets up the final confrontation between miners, exploiters, Cartwrights and Paiutes.

Also note a good performance from Jeanne Bates as an understanding saloon girl.

Good second episode of the series.


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