Bonanza

The Night Virginia City Died

Season 12, Ep 1, Aired 9/13/70
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  • Episode Description
  • As Season 12 opens, a series of deadly fires, all set at night, are destroying Virginia City. Sheriff Coffee and Deputy Clem face an angry public that demands they capture the arsonist immediately. On the side, Clem has begun a romance with new town resident Janie.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bing Russell

    Deputy Clem

  • Lou Frizzell

    Dusty Rhodes

  • Victor Sen Yung

    Hop Sing

  • Bob Miles

    Townsman (uncredited)

  • Dan Blocker

    Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A Pyromaniac terrorizes Virginia City.

    By tvking1, Jul 18, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Joe: To a long and happy life, and may all your children have wealthy parents!

    Notes (6)

    • Recurring cast members Ray Teal and Bing Russell are listed this week in the opening credits as "Special Guest Stars."

    • German episode title: "Brandstiftung", meaning "Arson".

    • Starting with this, the 12th season premiere, the series sports a new opening theme titled "The Big Bonanza." Instead of the Cartwrights riding in on their horses as viewers had become accustomed to, action shots featuring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon and (starting with the next episode, A Matter of Faith) Mitch Vogel. Each shot would temporarily freeze and be tinted in aqua while the individual actor's name was displayed. This opening credits format would be used for both the 12th and 13th seasons.

    • This episode was developed in order to disguise the move from the Paramount Studios set to the Warner Brothers set. Virginia City had to be "destroyed" in order to explain the new buildings and town set-up.

    • Featured Cartwright: Ben and Joe

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