Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Abner Willoughby's Return 

While returning home from a horse-buying trip, Joe is met by old seafaring friend Abner Willoughby, who has returned to Nevada to find a stash of gold he hid 17 years earlier in Glory Hole.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), Leslie McFarlane (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
John Astin ... Abner Willoughby
Emmaline Henry ... Miss Sprague
Russell Schulman Russell Schulman ... Charlie Sprague
Walter Sande ... Sheriff Brian
Irene Tedrow ... Minnie Mitchell
William Hansen William Hansen ... Vinson
Patrick Sullivan Burke Patrick Sullivan Burke ... Stokes
Duane Grey ... Capt. Price
E.A. Sirianni E.A. Sirianni ... Clerk
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While returning home from a horse-buying trip, Joe is met by old seafaring friend Abner Willoughby, who has returned to Nevada to find a stash of gold he hid 17 years earlier in Glory Hole.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Astin and Emmaline Henry played husband and wife Harry and Kate Dickens for one season, 32 episodes, of the TV series, 'I'm Dickens, He's Fenster' from September 28th, 1962 to May 10th, 1963. See more »

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"Avast me Hearties"
27 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

John Astin guest stars in this Bonanza episode as an old sea faring friend of Michael Landon's home after 17 years. That's longer than the run of the Bonanza series up to this point.

The old sailor has returned to dig up some money he buried 17 years ago if he can find it. He and Little Joe follow the directions he laid out years ago to the burial spot. The problem is that it is on the property of the widow Emmaline Henry and her son Russell Schulman and her mother the sharpshooting Irene Tedrow. These three have a smallpox epidemic cooked up to keep the wolf away who is the banker with the due mortgage.

Henry also has the idea that what's on her property is her's and she's got Momma to back her up. It all sounds like the perfect formula for a roving man to settle down.

Astin is his usual weirdsmobile self in the part. One of those Bonanza stories laced with humor and for once not at Dan Blocker's expense.


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