Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Bitter Water 

A neighboring rancher, Andy, is good friends with Ben, but his son (Todd) wants to sell their land for mining operations which will spoil the water rights agreement that Andy and Ben made years ago.

Director:

George Blair
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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
Don Dubbins ... Todd McCarren
Merry Anders ... Virginia Keith
Robert F. Simon ... Len Keith (as Robert Simon)
Rhys Williams ... Andy McCarren
Kenneth Becker Kenneth Becker ... Jim Tucker (as Ken Becker)
Frank Watkins ... Roy Wilkins
Clarke Alexander Clarke Alexander ... Jamison
Forrest Taylor ... Rancher
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Storyline

A neighboring rancher, Andy, is good friends with Ben, but his son (Todd) wants to sell their land for mining operations which will spoil the water rights agreement that Andy and Ben made years ago.

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

At the climax when the cattlemen are riding in to face the Cartwrights, you see them riding in on their horses and hear the sound of moving horses. When the camera changes the cattlemen are stopped yet you still hear the sound of people riding horses then it suddenly stops. See more »

Quotes

Ben Cartwright: [to Hoss] What are YOU doing with a book?
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Western plague
24 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A few familiar character players are in this Bonanza episode which has a strain put on the relationship of Lorne Greene and Rhys Williams, neighboring ranchers and long time friends. That's because Williams has turned the running of his ranch over to son Don Dubbins. And Dubbins has come under the influence of mining magnate Robert F. Simon and he's selling a piece of land of his where the Cartwrights have water rights. The influence is pretty substantial when it involves the pretty Merry Anders who Dubbins is courting.

But it gets real bad when some Cartwright cattle come down with plague. Lorne Greene is giving the cattle sulfur baths as a preventive, but the others won't listen.

Dubbins both on the big screen and small played callow youths until he was well in the upper 20s. I'm not sure how the climax and what happens there would have led to some rather more bitter feelings than shown.

Still the cast and guests perform well.


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