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Bonanza

Year:
Duration:
49 min (430 episodes)
Genres:
Western
IMDB rate:
7.4
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1959-09-12
Filming Locations: Virginia City Western Street, Paramount Studios Backlot, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Trivia
Saturday night ratings were dismal and Bonanza was soon targeted for cancellation. Given one last chance, it was moved to Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. The new time slot caused the series to soar, and it eventually reached number one by the mid-'60s.
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From the third season on, the Cartwrights and nearly every other recurring character on the show wore the same clothing in almost every episode. This was done to cut the cost of re-filming action shots (such as riding clips in-between scenes), as previously-shot stock footage could be reused.
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Both Robert Blake and Robert Fuller were considered for the role of Little Joe Cartwright, but were both lost to Michael Landon. This was because David Dortort had mixed feelings about the new, unfamiliar actor auditioning for the part, thinking Landon was way too young to play the role. With the encouragement of David's wife, who picked up a publicity still of Landon, her husband changed his mind, and bestowed Landon the role.
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Goofs
The story of Bonanza starts in 1859 Nevada but the clothing worn by the cast is invariably 20th century . For example belt loops did not appear on men's trousers and jeans until many decades later.
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During the first season opening credits, the Cartwrights can be seen galloping on horses on a dirt road that contains an unmistakable set of tire tracks from the truck carrying the camera in front of them.
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In every episode each character who wore a gun had a pistol belt with no loops for bullets. The show took place during the Civil War. Pistols were cap and ball, did not use metallic cartridges. Thus no bullet loops.
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Quotes
Ben Cartwright: You and your education.
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Deputy Sheriff: I'll swear you in. Do you?
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Adam Cartwright: Let's go back to the Ponderosa, Pa. This isn't any of our affair.
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Faq
Q
How did the characters Adam and Hoss leave the series?
A
Ben's eldest son Adam moved to Australia when Pernel Roberts wanted to move on in his acting carreer. Hoss died in an accident after the untimely death of Dan Blocker.
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Little Joe's middle name
A
Season one's episode 18 "A House Divided" reveals Little Joe's full name to be "Joseph Francis Cartwright".
Q
Did Bonanza have a proper series finale to end the show?
A
No, due to the ongoing slide in prime time ratings in season 14. NBC decided to pull the plug around halfway through the 1972-1973 season and so Bonanza left the airwaves permanently without any kind of final wrap up episode. Dan Blocker died toward the end of the next to last season in May 1972 and so the character of Hoss was written out by the following season by having him die in an accident in one episode and so by the time of the final season only Lorne Greene, Michael Landon and Victor Sen Yung remained from the original cast.
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Photos from cast
Nina Foch Meg Foster Sally Kellerman Dean Stockwell Susan Strasberg Alyce Andrece Anna-Lisa Alfred Barker Jr.