Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Boss 

Ben confronts a former friend who has become a local strongman after monopolizing the freight business.


Arthur H. Nadel




Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Carroll O'Connor ... Tom Slayden
Judee Morton Judee Morton ... Karen Slayden
Denver Pyle ... Sheriff Ed
Philip Ober ... Hal Oliver (as Phil Ober)
Chris Alcaide ... Gus Hannah
William Tannen ... Sam Durra
Dan White ... Tom
Roy Engel ... Doctor


"Boss" Tom Slayden has monopolized the freight business and has been intimidating anyone who opposes him. One of Slayden's men shoots Little Joe in the shoulder when he finds Joe hauling a wagon-load of supplies. Ben signs a warrant for Slayden's arrest. When Slayden is arrested, and he shuts down the freight business. Viriginia City's businesses quickly close, and a jury acquits Slayden to save the town's businesses. The Cartwrights, some of the townsfolk, and even Slayden's daughter, Karen, oppose the "Boss." Written by Charles Delacroix

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19 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Slayden: I've got customers, Karen, I can't afford friends.
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Some big city methods
11 May 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Virginia City is growing and freighter Carroll O'Connor decides some big city type methods are needed. He has visions of being a big city boss and controlling Virginia City's supplies will gain him the recognition. But when one of his gunmen shoots Michael Landon when he was hauling supplies for the Ponderosa that puts him at war with the Cartwrights.

Carroll O'Connor does a fine job as the would be boss of Virginia City. Ironically today Virginia City survives with a nominal population on the tourist trade. Who knows what might have happened had they a town boss. In real life the town was built high in the Sierras for access to the fabled Comstock Lode. When it dried up so did Virginia City.

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