Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Deed and the Dilemma 

A bigot complicates Ben's efforts to help an immigrant family.

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William F. Claxton
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Episode cast overview:
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Jack Kruschen ... Georgio Rossi
Brioni Farrell ... Regina Rossi
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Maria Rossi
Michael Stefani Michael Stefani ... Lorenzo Rossi
Donald Woods ... Cass Gurney
Robert F. Lyons ... Sandy Gurney
Chris Alcaide ... Jim Blake
Bing Russell ... Deputy Clem Foster
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A bigot complicates Ben's efforts to help an immigrant family.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Almost a caricature
23 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jack Kruschen returns in the second of three appearances on Bonanza as Italian immigrant Giorgio Rossi who in his first appearance settled on some Ponderosa land. In that episode everything seemed to have been worked out as Kruschen promised to build a cistern to purify alkali water. That seemed to have settled things with Lorne Greene and Kruschen.

But now their neighbor who controls the stream before it passes through the desert country and turns to alkali has cut off the water. Kruschen's cherished dream of starting a vineyard as he had in Italy.

The neighbor is Donald Woods a hard man with an equally hard foreman in Chris Alcaide. When Alcaide gets killed a lot of Virginia City citizens who don't like foreigners are ready to lynch Kruschen. Fortunately the truth is discovered.

Poor Kruschen, he's a great actor and a joy to watch in some of these ethnic roles he essays. Here though the excitable Italian he portrays almost becomes a caricature. But if he had toned it down a bit he would not have gotten in the troubles he did in both the appearances I've seen.

As for the Cartwrights, they are really starting to enjoy the Italian cuisine with Penny Santon constantly urging, Mangia.


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