LONG WAY TO
Episode First Shown:
Winter is on the way and the ranchers are preparing to drive
their cattle to
enjoyed this exciting episode which is Ben centred but with nice inclusions of
Hoss, Joe and Candy. The story revolves around Emmett Whitney, a devious meat
packer who buys the cattle car
options between Ogden and Chicago, thus preventing Ben and the other ranchers from getting their stock to
thoroughly nasty as Whitney and gives a fine performance. He'll remind you of every corporate fat cat that you've ever come across!)
Ben however (hooray!!), outwits him as Whitney has forgotten to allow for feed supplies to get the cattle to
When Ben returns, Whitney realises that he cannot get the cattle to
High points for me:
The opening and closing cattle drives - one of the central themes of Bonanza, a nice mixture of outdoor/indoor scenes, good camera work (clear close-ups and crowd scenes alike), good continuity and a good story. Kudos to Joel Murcott as the writer and Lewis Allen (a Bonanza pro) as the director.
Nice in-character performances from:
- Joe with his short temper on the drive and good humour elsewhere.
- Hoss with his quiet dependability.
- Candy's kindness in trying to help a desperate drunken small
- Roy Coffee "just doin' ma job".
- Kathleen Freeman as a very rare woman rancher Ma Brinker, played
with confidence and wit.
A couple of observations: I can't imagine Hoss, Joe and Candy letting Ben ride alone to
Overall a really satisfying episode with the usual excellent performances from the main stars and fine performances from the guest star and supporting cast.
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