Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Top Hand 

During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed and a fellow rancher's foreman, who schemes to take over the job.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), John Hawkins | 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
Ben Johnson ... Kelly James
Roger Davis ... Bert Yates
Walter Barnes ... Weatherby
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Quincy
Richard Farnsworth ... Sourdough (as Dick Farnsworth)
Bill Clark ... Jimpson
Eddie Juaregui Eddie Juaregui ... Bones (as Ed Juaregui)
Hal Burton ... Smokey
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Storyline

During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed and a fellow rancher's foreman, who schemes to take over the job.

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Genres:

Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fans of Michael Landon's "Little House on the Prairie" would notice the background music that is used repeatedly in this Bonanza Top Hand episode...it is the same music that Landon would later use as the main theme for Little House on the Prairie See more »

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An episode well worth watching.
11 December 2012 | by menemshaman-496-447522See all my reviews

Ben Johnson's performance as a trail boss in this Bonanza episode from 1971 is one of the best I have seen on the small screen. Johnson lends his heavy weight cinematic credibility to the TV screen. His true life horsemanship is top notch. Though doubles were used on occasion the scenes with Ben were sheer magic. There is emphasis on action sequences involving horses and horsemanship on the open range. The story line is secondary to Johnson's presence in this offering. The true grit and soft voice of this veteran actor was the centerpiece around which everything else seemed secondary. I highly recommend this episode. I don't think you will be disappointed.


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