Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Dead Wrong 

During a long ride back to the Ponderosa, thirsty Hoss and Candy stop at the Sunville saloon where Salty Hubbard, known for his tall tales and practical jokes, tells his cronies that Hoss ... See full summary »


Michael Landon


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Episode cast overview:
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (credit only)
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright (credit only)
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
David Canary ... Candy Canaday
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Salty Hubbard
Eric Christmas ... Bobby Dan
Mike Mazurki ... Big Jack
John Carradine ... Preacher Dillard
Ivor Francis ... Banker
Jim Connell Jim Connell ... Hotel Manager
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Sid
Guy Wilkerson ... Sheriff
Milton Parsons ... Undertaker
Sunshine Parker ... Bum #1
Lee McLaughlin Lee McLaughlin ... Bum #2


During a long ride back to the Ponderosa, thirsty Hoss and Candy stop at the Sunville saloon where Salty Hubbard, known for his tall tales and practical jokes, tells his cronies that Hoss is the notorious bank robber, Big Jack. The town folk initially scoff at Salty's claim but a series of unfortunate events gives the prevarication a ring of truth and there is talk of a hanging. When a contrite Salty admits to Hoss that he lied to impress his friends, Candy thinks of a way to save both Salty's pride and Hoss' life but, as with most best laid plans, this one goes awry when the real Big Jack comes to town. Written by shepherd1138

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7 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mike Mazurki, who plays "Big Jack" in this episode, was also known as "Iron" Mike Mazurki - a 1x hall of fame professional wrestler. See more »


Bobby Dan: We've been listenin' to your stories for fifteen years an' we don't believe none of them.
Salty Hubbard: Well, why do you listen to 'em?
Bobby Dan: 'Cause we ain't got nothin' else to do.
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Arthur Hunnicutt and John Carradine
31 August 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Dead Wrong," both written and directed by Michael Landon, who does not appear (nor does Lorne Greene), is a hugely enjoyable story expertly weaving comedy and drama in a case of mistaken identity. Arthur Hunnicutt guest stars as Salty Hubbard, an old coot with a tendency to spin tall tales, which spells trouble for Hoss (Dan Blocker) and Candy (David Canary), arriving in town simply to make a hefty bank deposit. They drop by the local saloon to quench their thirst, money bags full of cash, just after Salty describes meeting up with a notorious bank robber named Big Jack, and soon all the townspeople are spooked into believing that our heroes are there to commit a robbery. Once they work up the nerve to confront the newcomers in their hotel, the real Big Jack (Mike Mazurki) appears, with every intention of continuing his larcenous ways, to the chagrin of the overworked bank clerk (Ivor Francis). In an attempt to spare Salty any embarrassment, Hoss pretends to be gunned down, but is later mistaken for a real corpse, as Preacher Dillard (John Carradine) is shocked to discover during the burial. Milton Parsons has good footage as the undertaker, sleeping in one of his coffins, and delivering the best line: "it's getting so a man can't get any rest in peace!" Making the second of his two appearances, the scene stealing Carradine (his previous appearance in 1961's "Springtime") barely has a minute and a half to garner his share of laughs, but does not disappoint.

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