Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Feet of Clay 

A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the... See full summary »


Arthur Lubin


John Furia (as John Furia Jr.)

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Episode cast overview:
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
David Ladd ... Billy Allen
Logan Field Logan Field ... Vance Allen
Robert Tetrick Robert Tetrick ... Pike
Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Sheriff Fred
Guy Prescott Guy Prescott ... Charlie
Philip Grayson Philip Grayson ... Orville Sherman
John Eldredge ... Mr. Sherman
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Sarah


A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the Ponderosa. When the boy arrives at the ranch, he does not know that his father is in prison. The boy learns the truth about his dad, and news reaches the Ponderosa that the convict has escaped from prison. The Cartwrights deal with the possibility that the boy's father may be coming their way. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Release Date:

16 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the opening scene, it is clear there is artificial light, as there are multiple shadows cast in multiple directions. See more »


[first lines]
[Ben, Hoss and Charlie are attending a funeral]
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: It's a doggone shame, ain't it, Charlie.
Charlie: Yep, sure is. Doc said she had pneumonia. By the time he got there, wasn't much he could do 'cept call the sheriff.
Ben Cartwright: Well, didn't anyone know she was sick?
Charlie: [indicating young Billy] First they knew was him riding all the way in to fetch the doc by himself.
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Love Thy Enemy
13 February 2014 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This episode will make a grown man cry!

In this episode, we meet a little boy who just lost his Ma to sickness. Unfortunately, his father is a convict and in jail serving a sentence. The sheriff sends for his uncle, but in the meantime the Cartwright's agree to take him in - mainly because no one else would!

The boy (Billy) takes a liking to Hoss. They soon start hanging out together fishing, talking, and working. When Billy's father escapes from prison with another convict, everyone but Hoss goes off looking for him. Also unfortunate for Hoss, tragedy happens in Billy's life.

I must admit that I took a liking to Vance. It seems he was a pretty nice guy that just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He truly loved his son and wanted them to be together. That's what makes this episode so much sadder. The father/son talk between Hoss and Ben will bring you to tears! Hoss doesn't understand why the tragedy had to happen, and frankly his father didn't either. Hoss can't stand the fact that Billy now hates him.

Though the story does have kinda a happy ending, it still leaves you feeling a bit empty that Billy's innocence was shattered by so many bad things. I hope his uncle raised him right!

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