Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch 

Jennifer Flinch and her uncle Gideon come to Virginia City on the stage to see a client named Bullet Head Burke. They need to explain why his $5K investment has all been spent. Through a ... See full summary »


Robert Altman


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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
Sue Ane Langdon ... Jennifer Flinch
Arnold Stang ... Jake 'the Weasel'
Ian Wolfe ... Gideon Flinch
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... William 'Bullet Head' Burke
Joe Turkel ... Thug #1
Bobby Jordan ... Thug #2 (as Robert Jordan)
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Robert Foulk ... Clem
Clem Bevans ... Jeb
Burt Mustin ... Burt Lucas
Rickey Kelman ... Sammy - Little Boy (as Ricky Kelman)


Jennifer Flinch and her uncle Gideon come to Virginia City on the stage to see a client named Bullet Head Burke. They need to explain why his $5K investment has all been spent. Through a case of mistaken identity, now Bullet Head must figure out who is the real Gideon Flinch. Written by DrDOS

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5 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The first of four credited appearances by Burt Mustin in this series. This one with Clem Bevans as his fellow "old-timer"/town character, a typical role for both actors in the latter part of their long careers. See more »


Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Now ma'am, we kinda pride ourselves on our hospitality here in Virginia City. That's why we always have a gentleman meet the young ladies at the stage.
Jennifer Flinch: Oh, how nice. Where is he?
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Will The Real Gideon Flinch Stand Up And Take Your Medicine
16 December 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Bonanza leaned very heavily toward comedy with Ian Wolfe and daughter Sue Ane Langdon coming to town. Ian breaks it to Sue Ane gently that he's kind of on the run because a very short tempered Harry Swoger wants to know where the $5000.00 that he invested with Wolfe has disappeared to. Not to worry because Sue Ane has interested two Cartwright brothers with raging hormones in her. She's sure that she can get them to help if Dan Blocker and Michael Landon will stop conning each other trying to impress Langdon.

At the same time Arnold Stang comes to town and back east he's a well known pickpocket and he cleans out a lot of valuables and identities of a few of principal players here. Pretty soon Swoger has many Gideon Flinches to choose from between Cartwright hormones, Langdon's charms, and Stang's work, Gideon Flinch being the character name of Wolfe.

You might notice that former Dead End kid Bobby Jordan plays one of the henchmen that Swoger has. Even young Ricky Kelman pulls a con or two aiding and abetting Little Joe against Hoss.

Functioning as a kind of befuddled Greek chorus is Burtin Mustin and Clem Bevans.

A really top flight cast makes this Bonanza episode most enjoyable.

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