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Broken Ballad 

Ed Payson, a reformed gunfighter, has returned to Virginia City to tend some property he owns. When he's welcomed with resistance by some of the townspeople, Adam decides to help him, even ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Butler

Writer:

John T. Kelly
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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Robert Culp ... Ed Payson
Ray Daley Ray Daley ... Billy Buckley
Dabbs Greer ... Will Cass
Abigail Shelton Abigail Shelton ... Sally Cass (as Abbagail Shelton)
Robert Christopher Robert Christopher ... Deputy Sheriff Stu Cahill
Richard Rosmini Richard Rosmini ... Jaime
John Graham ... Cass's Attorney
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Ed Payson, a reformed gunfighter, has returned to Virginia City to tend some property he owns. When he's welcomed with resistance by some of the townspeople, Adam decides to help him, even though everyone thinks he may have killed Dave, the grocer's son. Written by DrDOS

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Broken Ballad
(uncredited)
Performed by Pernell Roberts
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Irredeemable Sadness
30 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Culp's performance with an air of irredeemable sadness about it is the highlight of Broken Ballad. Some elements of Gregory Peck's classic The Gunfighter are in this episode where Pernell Roberts is the featured Cartwright.

In this episode Culp plays a gunfighter who has returned to Virginia City to settle on a small piece of land left to him by his parents. But as is in this western cliché, people will just not leave him alone. That plot gambit has been used in westerns of varying quality for decades. It has an interesting twist in the end though.

Dabbs Greer is the father of his first victim who leads some of the citizens against Culp. Greer's got fresh reason for concerned as his daughter Abigail Shelton starts seeing Culp. Ray Buckley plays the young punk who also likes Shelton and would like to get a reputation as a gunfighter.

Still Culp dominates this Bonanza episode and he's the main reason to see it.


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