Bonanza

Season 3 Episode 28

The Crucible

1
Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Apr 08, 1962 on NBC
8.8
out of 10
User Rating
26 votes
2

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
The Crucible
AIRED:
Adam retreats to the wilderness for some peace following an exhausting cattle drive. There's no relaxing as he's robbed, stripped of his clothes, and left to die by a couple of outlaws. Attempting to make the dangerous trip to Signal Rock on foot, he meets a crazy prospector, Peter Kane. In exchange for helping him work his claim, Kane promises Adam his mule. Kane does not fulfill his promise.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
2:00pm
WZME
3:00pm
TVLAND
4:00pm
TVLAND
Friday
2:00pm
WZME
3:00pm
TVLAND
4:00pm
TVLAND
Saturday
2:00pm
WZME
11:00pm
INSP
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Lee Marvin and Pernell Roberts on the same screen - smokin'!

    9.2
    This is one of my favorite Bonanza episodes, and I believe it was rumored to be the favorite of Pernell Roberts as well. Script and acting are superb, and talk about some of the greatest names to wear six-shooters...



    (Speaking of Lee Marvin's performance, he is best known for his roles in The Dirty Dozen, among others. However, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence is very worthwhile, if you have not seen it)moreless
  • Who is the better man? Decent but born to wealth Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) or tough, rugged, born in poverty Lee Marvin.

    10
    Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) was born to wealth. Guest star Lee Marvin's character was born in poverty. Adam Cartwright is a kind, honest, educated, decent man while Marvin is a tough,low life thug. Who is truly the better man? If Adam was born poor, would he be like Marvin. Adam and Marvin wind up alone in the desert, struggling to survive. The theme of the episode is who is the better man, but the subtext is who is the better actor-Roberts or Marvin. Both were marvelous, but Marvin in his prime was one of the true greats.moreless
Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Adam Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

Peter Kane

Guest Star

Howard Ledig

Howard Ledig

Frank Preston

Guest Star

Barry Cahill

Barry Cahill

Jim Gann

Guest Star

Betty Endicott

Betty Endicott

Townswoman (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less