Bonanza (1959-1973)

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    • Bonanza (1959-1973)

      BONANZA

      NBC TELEVISION


      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary

      The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well.
      Written by Ed Stephan

      Series Cast
      Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright / ... (407 episodes, 1959-1973)
      Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / ... (391 episodes, 1959-1973)
      Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / ... (385 episodes, 1959-1972)
      Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright (172 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Bill Clark ... Townsman / ... (109 episodes, 1959-1973)
      Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing (96 episodes, 1959-1973)
      Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing (96 episodes, 1959-1973)
      Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee (95 episodes, 1960-1972)
      David Canary ... 'Candy' Canaday (84 episodes, 1967-1973)
      Bob Miles ... Townsman / ... (72 episodes, 1959-1968)
      Martha Manor ... Blonde Saloon Girl / ... (69 episodes, 1960-1970)
      Betty Endicott ... Brunette Saloon Girl / ... (66 episodes, 1960-1969)
      Bing Russell ... Deputy Clem Foster / ... (56 episodes, 1961-1972)
      Mitch Vogel ... Jamie Hunter Cartwright / ... (45 episodes, 1968-1973)
      Cosmo Sardo ... Bartender / ... (36 episodes, 1960-1968)
      Grandon Rhodes ... Doctor / ... (27 episodes, 1960-1967)
      Troy Melton ... Gunman / ... (21 episodes, 1959-1972)
      Hal Burton ... Townsman / ... (21 episodes, 1966-1973)

      and many more, notably,

      Denver Pyle, John Mitchum, Ed Prentiss, Victor French, Strother Martin
      DeForest Kelley, Roy Barcroft, Harry Carey Jr.Karl Swenson,
      Slim Pickens, Leo Gordon, James Coburn, Jack Elam, Edward Faulkner,
      Ben Johnson, Eric Fleming, Bruce Dern, Buddy Ebsen, Barry Sullivan
      Dan Duryea, Edgar Buchanan, Vic Morrow, Hank Worden,Henry Hull
      John Carradine, Leif Erickson, Vera Miles, Steve Forrest,Stacy Keach Sr.
      and David Huddleston

      Directors
      Included 2 Directors of Duke,
      Joseph Kane
      Arthur Lubin

      Creators:
      David Dortort
      Fred Hamilton

      Trivia

      * In the show's early episodes, the writers would typically have the Cartwrights being hostile to visitors to their property. Lorne Greene objected to this pointing out that with the Ponderosa being as large as it is, the Cartwrights would be an important business interest in the community. Thus visitors would naturally come for economic and political reasons as well as social ones and the Cartwrights would logically welcome them as such. The producers agreed and altered the premise of the characters accordingly.

      * During the first season of the show, the guest stars were paid far more than the stars of the show because the producers didn't think that the stars were well-known enough to pull in viewers.

      * When Dan Blocker died unexpectedly shortly before filming began for the final season, it was decided to have Hoss die too by having him killed in an accident. The opening episode, a two-hour special in which Little Joe marries only to see his bride die, was originally scripted to feature Hoss.

      * When Pernell Roberts left the show, his character Adam was written off by having him move to Australia.

      * Adam's mother was from Boston, Hoss's from Sweden and Little Joe's was from New Orleans.

      * The character 'Ben Cartwright' was ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).

      * Ben was a major in the United States Army.

      * Although it got off to a rough start, by 1961 it was the #1 show on TV.

      * Most viewers have only heard the famous theme song by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans played as an instrumental. The theme song actually had lyrics and there is footage of the lead actors singing those lyrics.

      * According to the 1973 book "Marilyn Beck's Hollywood", when Pernell Roberts told Lorne Greene he was leaving the series because he wanted to challenge himself as an actor, Greene told him to stick to it as he would be so rich by the end of the run he could hire Tennessee Williams himself to write a play for him. Roberts' career went into a tailspin that lasted over a decade after he left the show. Co-star Michael Landon later said of Roberts' departure that they simply took a leaf out of the dining room table and split the money three rather than four ways. While the post "Bonanza" Roberts struggled (until later catching on with "Trapper John, M.D." (1979), Greene, Landon and Dan Blocker became very wealthy from their income from the show, which all three wisely invested.

      * The character Ben Cartwright is a New Englander who had been a seaman. Before setting out West with his young son Adam, the widower Ben had been a ship's chandler, running a shop supplying gear to merchant vessels. (This past is referred to in several episodes, but most significantly, "Elizabeth, My Love" broadcast during the second season on May 27, 1961, when an older Ben is remembering Adam's late mother, his first wife.)

      * This was the first US television show to have all its episodes filmed in color.

      * Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon sang a lyric version of this famous instrumental theme for the pilot, but it never aired.

      * During the filming of one episode, Lorne Greene was required to jump off a small ledge into a lake five feet below. Michael Landon later recalled that when Greene did the stunt, he jumped into the water feet first and went completely under, but his hair piece came off and floated on the surface of the lake. Landon and the rest of the crew watched to see what would happen. After a short while, Greene's hand shot up out of the water, grabbed the hairpiece, and pulled it down. Greene emerged from the lake, wearing his hairpiece slightly askew. He walked nonchalantly past the snickering crew, and went into his trailer without saying a word.

      Filming Locations
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
      (1970-1973) (studio)
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Anchor Ranch, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Baldwin Dry Lake, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Bell Ranch, Santa Susana, California, USA
      Big Bear Lake, California, USA
      Big Sky Ranch - 4927 Bennett Road, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Bourne's Meadow, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Bowers Mansion Park - 4005 U.S. Highway 395 N., Carson City, Nevada, USA
      Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Browne's Meadow, California, USA
      Cedar Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Chávez Ravine, Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Clark Fork River, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
      Clark's Summit, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Clark's Summit, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
      Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA
      Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Davis Creek Park, Carson City, Nevada, USA
      Death Valley National Park, California, USA
      Desilu Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
      Diamond Peak, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Donnell's Lake, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
      Donnell's Vista, Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA
      Eureka Valley, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
      Franklin Canyon Reservoir, Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Glenbrook Valley, Nevada, USA
      Golden Oak Ranch - 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA
      Gooseneck Meadow, Martis Valley, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Grandview Point, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Holcomb Valley, California, USA
      Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Janss Conejo Ranch, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Kern River, California, USA
      Lake Los Angeles, California, USA
      Lake Sherwood, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Lake Valley, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Los Padres National Forest, Goleta, California, USA
      Lucky Baldwin Mine, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Mescal, Arizona, USA
      Mount Rose Summit, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Nevada Beach, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
      (1959-1970) (studio)
      Ponderosa Ranch - 100 Ponderosa Ranch Road, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
      Ponderosa Wagon Camp, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Red Hills Ranch, Sonora, California, USA
      Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA
      Rose Knob Peak, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Round Hill Pines Beach, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Saddleback Butte State Park, California, USA
      Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Shay Ranch, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Sonora Pass, California, USA
      Sonora, California, USA
      Spahn Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Spooner Lake, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
      Spooner Meadow, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
      Tahoe Meadows, Lake Tahoe, California, USA
      Truckee River, California, USA
      Truckee, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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

      Bonanza is a western television series that was produced
      by and ran on the NBC network from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973.
      Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series
      (behind Gunsmoke) and still continues to air in syndication.
      The show centers around the Cartwright family, who live in the area near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
      The show stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and David Canary.
      The show's title "Bonanza" is a term used by miners in regard to a large vein or deposit of ore,
      and commonly refers to The Comstock Lode.
      In 2002, Bonanza was ranked No. 43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

      A great childhood favourite of mine, and what great title music.
      The characters, almost seemed part of the family.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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

      Who was your favorite character, Keith?

      I'm torn between Hoss and Little Joe. Guess I'll go with Hoss but LJ is close behind. :teeth_smile:

      I was also a big fan of Michael Landon's "Little House on the Prairie".
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      I must admit Jim,
      I liked Ben, he came across,
      as the type of father, any kid would want.
      I guess, as Murray said, he should have found another woman,
      and gave those boys, another Mom in their lives,
      AHHH!!!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      When I was younger, three things in life were guaranteed: death, taxes and the fact that I'd be sitting in front of a television at 9:00 on Sunday evening looking forward to another great story about the Cartwright clan.

      Great shows week in and week out - sometimes it was a drama - another time it was funny but always quality writing.

      I've spent alot of time in the area that the fictional Ponderosa Ranch sits on and I have to say that Ben Cartwright couldn't have picked a more beautiful place for a ranch.

      When are they going to release this classic television show on DVD..??
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      Bonanza was my favorite western show growing up, with Big Valley a close second. Little Joe was my favorite Cartright. After Parnell left, wasn't a cousin or friend added to the cast? I think his name was Candy. Been a good while since I have seen this show.

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      I have added a few more Pictures from "Bonanza" and a little story about Meeting Lorne Greene for the First Time.:teeth_smile:
      I was to meet Him years later again a few times, when I was Flying for the Hearst Corp. in California.:wink_smile:


      ranch26bar.com/BONANZA2.html

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

      dukefan1 wrote:

      Bonanza was my favorite western show growing up, with Big Valley a close second. Little Joe was my favorite Cartright. After Parnell left, wasn't a cousin or friend added to the cast? I think his name was Candy. Been a good while since I have seen this show.

      Mark


      Hi Mark,

      I think this was your man,
      David Canary ... 'Candy' Canaday (84 episodes, 1967-1973)

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Hi Mark,

      I think this was your man,
      David Canary ... 'Candy' Canaday (84 episodes, 1967-1973)



      Hi Keith:

      Small correction - that's not David Canary in the above pic with Ben, Little Joe and Hoss.
      That's a character named Jamie Hunter Cartwright (Mitch Vogel) who appeared on the series from 1968-1973.

      Candy was a ranch hand - here is is pictured with Lorne Greene.



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

      Yup, it's been a long time for me too. If you look at the two men, they kinda look a little alike, minus the red hair, that is. :wink_smile:

      Thanks for clearing that up, Mark.

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      One of the best tv westerns of all time. I couldn't hardly wait for the next weeks program to come on. The relationship between Ben and his son's was one of the things that drew me to the show.I always felt so sorry for any female who fell in love with one of them because before the hour was up they were generally killed off.:shades_smile:
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      I could see a few episodes of Bonanza in Austrian Television as a child, and I liked it that much, that I started reading Bonanza books and comics. Therer are also some LPs with the actors making good country music! I have them all at home.

      In Germany they are now releasing the whole Bonanza series (14 Seasons) on DVD! I have bought Season 1-7, that are available at the moment, and I still like it. I have not seen most of the episodes before.

      - And my favourite characters on the show are Ben and Hoss...
      "Never apologize. It´s a sign of weakness."

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