Bonanza (1959-1973)

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      Watched every episode from the first one on when it originally aired. Some great moments and memories. I'm from Rochester, NY and since Eastman Kodak was a sponsor, they took great pains with the color broadcasts which really popped back then. The few reruns I've seen seem faded.
      My only quibble is that if a Cartwright ever got serious about a woman, say to the point of proposing, she was dead meat by the end of the episode.


      We deal in lead, friend.
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      Gorch wrote:

      Watched every episode from the first one on when it originally aired. Some great moments and memories. I'm from Rochester, NY and since Eastman Kodak was a sponsor, they took great pains with the color broadcasts which really popped back then. The few reruns I've seen seem faded.
      My only quibble is that if a Cartwright ever got serious about a woman, say to the point of proposing, she was dead meat by the end of the episode.


      We deal in lead, friend.


      LOL, my wife has said the same thing many times, Gorch. Didn't matter if it was Ben or his boys, any romance for any of them, usually resulted in death for the girl.
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      Just wondering? Who looked less like brothers.
      The Cartwrights or the Elders?:confused_smile:
      ''baby sister i was born game and intend to go out that way.''
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      I thought the Cartwrights DID look like Bros. There were elements of each that seemed to carry to the others. As for Katie's boys, Duke Earl, and Michael arguably looked a bit alike-Dino was adopted I thought.
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      Can you believe it, I was poking around the site at work and stumbled on this thread!

      You would think I would have found it first!

      Bonanza was and still is my favorite TV Western. I am Ben because Hoss was taking, I look more like hoss

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      I occasionally watch Bonanza on TV Land, and really enjoy the show with the Adam years better. Just seem to be a whole family. Adam added meat to the show and it worked for the years he was there. It seemed to flow well and make things equal in the action and adventure. When Pernell Roberts left. I don't recall any show explaining as to why he left the Ponderosa. Or did I ever hear anything about Adam. Did the show and the cast just make like he never existed?

      The show was alright but it wasn't the same, and the story line seem weaker. Did anyone feel the same as I did? Was there any explanation as to the exit of Adam Cartwright?

      Cheers :cool: Hondo
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      Hondo Duke Lane wrote:

      I occasionally watch Bonanza on TV Land, and really enjoy the show with the Adam years better. Just seem to be a whole family. Adam added meat to the show and it worked for the years he was there. It seemed to flow well and make things equal in the action and adventure. When Pernell Roberts left. I don't recall any show explaining as to why he left the Ponderosa. Or did I ever hear anything about Adam. Did the show and the cast just make like he never existed?

      The show was alright but it wasn't the same, and the story line seem weaker. Did anyone feel the same as I did? Was there any explanation as to the exit of Adam Cartwright?

      Cheers :cool: Hondo

      Mike,
      Apparently, Pernell Roberts wanted to 'better' himself
      by leaving the show for more demanding roles.
      Green, and co. advised him not to leave ,
      as the show was becoming successful, and that he would make a fortune.
      The three other's did make a fortune and
      alas Adam failed in his subsequent career.
      Bad move heh!!

      He was written off in the series,
      by him moving to Austraila!!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      Every once in awhile, there would be mention made of Adam traveling somewhere. Just to let everyone know that he still existed, I guess. And Keith, I wouldn't say Pernell Roberts carrrer had failed. He may have made a mistake for leaving Bonanza but, the rest of his carrer was pretty good. His Trapper John MD show had a pretty good run and was fairly popular here in the states. Plus, he did quite afew guest shots on other shows and I believe he did some successful stage work.
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      Bonanza was and still is my favorite TV Western. I am Ben because Hoss was taking, I look more like hoss

      Funny picture! Reminds me of the time, as I was a child. I lived in Styria (Austria) and they had done two Jack London movies there. They had built Dawson City for these movies in the Styrian mountains and I went there with my mum and aunt to take some "real" cowboy pictures there...


      Apparently, Pernell Roberts wanted to 'better' himself
      by leaving the show for more demanding roles.

      Pernell Roberts passed away only a few weeks ago. Although he did not like to play Adam and he always spit on the stairs of the Ponderosa on the end of a day, he did a very great job, playing this Cartwright! He always will be remembered for this role by the fans, and I hope, he will not be too angry, when he looks down from Cowboy Heaven at them!
      "Never apologize. It´s a sign of weakness."