Bonanza

Season 3 Episode 27

The Gamble

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Apr 01, 1962 on NBC
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On a cattle drive, the Cartwrights stop for the night in Alkali and are jailed for robbing the town's bank and killing a teller. Joe escapes and frantically rushes to find help before Ben, Adam, and Hoss go to the gallows.

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  • Larger than life!

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    Another episode with a crooked lawman. The Cartwrights pass through a town on a long cattle drive in the middle of the night to bed down their horses and themselves. The man who runs the livery stable overhears them talking about the huge sum of money they're carrying and decides to take advantage of it. The next day the bank is robbed, a teller is killed, and the money taken just happens to coincide with the money the Cartwrights have in their saddlebag, $30,000. Of course they're suspected and it is revealed the serial numbers match too. They're tried, convicted, and sentenced to hang at daybreak, no appeals. Little Joe, however, isn't resigned to their fate. He makes a daring (if you can call it that, since he had nothing to lose) escape and uses almost superhuman cunning and finesse to evade his pursuers, as if he were Zorro. He then gathers together a large group of ready and willing friends, and together they descend on the town like a conquering army. Joe conducts his own trial of sorts, proving to the townsfolk that it was the sheriff (Charles McGraw, the gladiator trainer in "Spartacus") who switched the bills the Cartwrights were carrying with those taken from the bank, and his accomplices in crime were his deputy and the amoral livery man. The sheriff seemed somewhat ambiguous about his role, which makes one wonder why he risked everything for money he wouldn't know what to do with. A satisfying ending to an adventure story like the serials of Hollywood's Golden Era.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

Ben Johnson (I)

Ben Johnson (I)

Deputy Stan

Guest Star

Robert Sampson

Robert Sampson

Artie

Guest Star

Joey Walsh

Joey Walsh

Billy Tyler

Guest Star

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Cowboy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Bill Clark (I)

Bill Clark (I)

Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Betty Endicott

Betty Endicott

Townswoman (uncredited)

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