Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds 

A stubborn British widow hires Candy as an escort, then foils his attempts to retrieve her valuables from thieves.


Leon Benson


David Dortort (created by), Preston Wood


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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mildred Natwick ... Mrs. Wharton
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Jesse Pearson ... Ed Horn (as Jess Pearson)
Oren Stevens Oren Stevens ... Billy Buckman
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Dunne
Chanin Hale ... Laura Mae Mears
J.S. Johnson J.S. Johnson ... John Carmody
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Reese (as Chuck Bail)
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Bartender
Alexander Beckett Alexander Beckett ... Drummer (as Bill Beckett)


A stubborn British widow hires Candy as an escort, then foils his attempts to retrieve her valuables from thieves.

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Release Date:

19 January 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Who doesn't love Mildred Natwick?
25 January 2016 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

This is one of the rare "good" "Bonanza" episodes. The Cartwrights are largely absent, with no meaningful role in the story. Almost all the focus is on Mrs Wharton, a wealthy Englishwoman touring the world. There's nothing cowardly or reticent about her, and she's confident she knows best how to handle any situation.

Mildred Natwick was primarily known for Broadway and movies, her best-known roles in the latter being Miss Gravely in "The Trouble with Harry" and Griselda in "The Court Jester". "Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds" is one of her rare TV appearances, giving us something not often seen on TV -- first-rate acting.

Natwick commands our attention by consistently underplaying. She has a sentimental but well-written monologue in which she recounts the important moments of her life. It works because she holds back, which makes her all the more convincing when she talks back to Candy at the end. She brings class to a generally lame TV series.

The late Jesse Pearson ("Ed") is best known for playing Conrad Birdie.

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