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The Hunter 

During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's horse ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), Michael Landon
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Mitch Vogel ... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
Tim Matheson ... Griff King
Tom Skerritt ... Corporal Bill Tanner
Phillip Avenetti Phillip Avenetti ... The Mexican
Peter O'Crotty ... Old Man
Grizzly Green Grizzly Green ... Harve
Hal Burton ... Man
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During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's horse and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey," and that he intends to stalk him down and brutally murder him. With no help in sight, Joe must rely on his wits and intuition to defeat Tanner. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Associated Press reporter Jay Sharbutt's column, which appeared in the January 13, 1973 issue of the Aberdeen, South Dakota's newspaper "Aberdeen Daily News," "The Hunter" was the last show produced for the Bonanza series. The teleplay was written and directed by "Little Joe," or Michael Landon. The series had aired since September 12, 1959. Over 13 years, 430 original performances were shown. In September 1972, NBC aired the show opposite CBS television's "Maude." Bonanza's ratings dropped significantly, and in November NBC decided "to put the show out to pasture." See more »

Quotes

Military Judge: [last words heard on the entire series] We sentence you.
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The end of the line
28 January 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

The last of BONANZA's 430 episodes, "The Hunter" was scripted and directed (on the run) by Michael Landon, now 36 and already beginning to gray, with Lorne Greene making only a token appearance at the beginning. Tom Skerritt is effectively cast as escaped madman Bill Tanner, driven by an uncontrollable urge to kill by tracking each victim the way he did during the war, announcing his presence by eerily whistling "Frere Jacques." Joe Cartwright befriends Tanner by firelight, but by the next morning finds himself without food, water, or horse, given a four hour head start before Tanner begins to stalk his prey. The pacing never flags as both men are slowed by injuries while innocent bystanders are doomed, a rather dark and unusual end for such an upbeat and whimsical Western series.


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