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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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

The word "Bonanza" is mentioned five times during this episode. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Ben Cartwright: [to Mark] Mr. Burdette, we have our own way of doing business on the Ponderosa. We pay a honest day's wages for a honest day's work and we expect the same in return. Nothing more, nothing less.
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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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It's a Bonanza!
18 July 2006 | by paulw-18See all my reviews

I think it's in this episode (it's in one of the early episodes but not the pilot), but count how many times someone mentions the Comstock Lode silver strike and the reply is always, "It's not just a silver strike, it's a BONANZA." Apparently, this was an attempt to explain the series title to the audience but it was done a couple times too many within a single hour. Just one of the many things we all love about the series. Also, as in most early first season episodes, notice the adversarial relationship between the Cartwrights and the townfolk. This would, of course, change in later episodes. Basically, the town is against them and their values early on but the Cartwrights later become Virginia City's leading citizens. It's only the jealous criminals who are against them in subsequent seasons.

Overall, a good episode and worth watching for the early series and character development.


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