Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Dream Riders 

Hoss gets diverted by a hot air balloon while a family friend robs the Virginia City bank.

Director:

Robert Altman
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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
Sidney Blackmer ... Major John F. Cayley
Burt Douglas Burt Douglas ... Private Bill Kingsley
Stuart Nisbet ... Sergeant Hines
Diana Millay ... Diana Cayley
Jonathan Hole ... Hershell
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Ben's old friend Major John Cayley plans to rob the Virginia City bank to finance his dream of constructing an airship capable of crossing the Atlantic. His scheme involves e diverting the attention of Virginia City's citizenry, including Ben's son Hoss, with a hot air balloon. Written by Kitten Cavendish

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was director Robert Altman's favorite of the episodes he directed for Bonanza (1959). He and star Dan Blocker became close friends, a friendship that only ended with Blocker's untimely death. See more »

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The Dream has control of him
14 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Cartwrights welcome an old friend to the Ponderosa. Sidney Blackmer plays an army major from the Civil War who is part of the experimental balloon corps. The Union and later the Confederate Army did use balloons for long range scanning.

But Blackmer has bigger plans than that. He sees fleets of big air balloons crossing the oceans with passengers. To bad he wasn't born in Germany. He also might have envisioned the Hindenburg.

He's got a daughter whom he thinks is back east Diana Millay. She doesn't share her father's vision and what's more she knows that Dad is AWOL from the army.

Blackmer also has two assistants Stuart Nisbet and Burt Douglas and Nisbet also doesn't really share the vision and has a more practical idea for the balloon that Dan Blocker has become fascinated with.

A nice story about a man whose dreams literally get control of him.


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