Season 12 Episode 1

The Night Virginia City Died

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Sep 13, 1970 on NBC



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  • Notes

    • 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

    • One of the few episodes to have both Sheriff Coffee and Deputy Clem together.

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