Bonanza (1959–1973)
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El Toro Grande 

After tangling with bandits on the way to California to buy a prize bull for the Ponderosa, Little Joe fends off a pretty senorita and her jealous fiancé, while Hoss discovers that the bull... See full summary »


Christian Nyby




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Ricardo Cortez ... Don Xavier Losaro
BarBara Luna ... Cayetena Losaro (as Barbara Luna)
Armand Alzamora Armand Alzamora ... Eduardo El Montalban
Alan Roberts Alan Roberts ... Epifanio Lopez
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ... Valiente Lopez
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Esmerelda Lopez
Alma Beltran ... Maria Theresa Losaro
Tina Menard ... Floriana
Ralph Moody ... Indian Chief
Rodd Redwing ... Indian Brave (as Rodd Red Wing)
Don Kelly ... Second Bandit


After tangling with bandits on the way to California to buy a prize bull for the Ponderosa, Little Joe fends off a pretty senorita and her jealous fiancé, while Hoss discovers that the bull has been spirited away by a little boy who is convinced that the Cartwrights plan to kill and eat his big bovine friend. Written by shepherd1138

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Release Date:

2 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a camping scene Little Joe is playing a guitar; but he's playing it tuned right-handed. But, Little Joe wears his gun on the left side. See more »


Ben Cartwright: Well, Adam, you thought these boys would have a lot of trouble bringing that bull up here, huh?
Adam Cartwright: I guess I was wrong, Pa.
[Turns to his brothers]
Adam Cartwright: You sure you didn't have any trouble?
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Not a bit.
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Well, a little bit. Like... uh... wh-when Big Red almost got cut up into steaks by those Indians.
Adam Cartwright: Indians?
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Yeah, but that never would've happened except Little Joe was busy fighting a duel.
Adam Cartwright: Duel?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Otherwise, I would have had to get married.
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El Toro Grande
9 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I guess Ben Cartwright can't send Adam on all the missions so Hoss and Little Joe go to old Mexico to purchase a bull from big ranchero Ricardo Cortez. A prize breeding bull but he also comes with a family which includes Juan Gonzalez Gonzalez, Penny Santon and little Alan Roberts who's the bull's mascot. He goes with bull and the parents go with him.

Michael Landon has to fend off the amorous advances of Barbara Luna who is Cortez's daughter. She's scheduled to marry Eduardo Montalban, but she's craving a little something something with Little Joe.

As for Dan Blocker he gets to wrestle and kill a bear to save the prize bull.

This was Ricardo Cortez's farewell performance before retirement in a career that included being Greta Garbo's leading man.

A nice episode with accent on the comic side except for that bear duel.

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