Bonanza: Complete Season 4 - TV Series

Bonanza: Complete Season 4 - TV Series
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ISBN: DVBONS4Format: PAL DVDSeries: BonanzaRated: PGStarring: Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell RobertsRunning Time: 1560 MinsCountry of Origin: USAYear Published: 1962DVD Region: 4 (Aust)Age Group: General
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Bonanza is one of the best-known of all the 1950's and 60's tv western series. It began in 1960 and ran for 14 series, a brilliant innings by anyones standards. I always found Bonanza a little more bleak and dark than some of the other series of the same era. The story lines explored topics that were very controversial for the times such as racial tension, domestic violence and substance abuse. Each of the Cartwright men developed relationships with women on the show; although almost every woman that came into their lives died tragically.

Like a lot of young women, I always carried quite a torch for Michael Landon who played Little Joe. I think that might be one of the main reasons I was so addicted to his next block-buster TV series, Little House on the Prairie.

And of course there were those beautiful horses. As the show was filmed in colour ensuring the horses were more easily recognised, each character rode the same horse each week; Buck, Cochise, Chub and Sport. They might not have been able to carry out all the amazing feats that other equine stars of slightly earliers eras did like The Lone Rangers' Silver or Roy Rogers and Trigger, but nevertheless they lit up the screen everytime they made an appearance.

Jody xxxx

Product Overview

Welcome to Ponderosa! The Cartwright's Ponderosa Ranch is located in Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War.

Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben Cartwright, each helping protect the ranch and local community from outlaws and claim jumpers! This iconic western TV show is a must-have for collectors as this set features bonus footage and is the first official Season Four release.

SHOW TRIVIA

In the show's early episodes, the writers would typically have the Cartwrights being hostile to visitors to their property. Lorne Greene objected to this pointing out that with the Ponderosa being as large as it is, the Cartwrights would be an important business interest in the community. Thus visitors would naturally come for economic and political reasons as well as social ones and the Cartwrights would logically welcome them as such. The producers agreed and altered the premise of the characters accordingly.

During the first season of the show, the guest stars were paid far more than the stars of the show because the producers didn't think that the stars were well-known enough to pull in viewers.

When Dan Blocker died unexpectedly shortly before filming began for the final season, it was decided to have Hoss die too by having him killed in an accident. The opening episode, a two-hour special in which Little Joe marries only to see his bride die, was originally scripted to feature Hoss. This was the first time a TV series had incorporated an actor's death into the story line by having his character die.

GOOFS:
During the first season opening credits, the Cartwrights can be seen galloping on horses on a dirt road that contains an unmistakable set of tire tracks from the truck carrying the camera in front of them.

The story of Bonanza starts in 1859 Nevada but the clothing worn by the cast is invariably 20th century . For example belt loops did not appear on men's trousers and jeans until many decades later.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In every episode each character who wore a gun had a pistol belt with no loops for bullets. The show took place during the Civil War. Pistols were cap and ball, did not use metallic cartridges. Thus no bullet loops.

CRAZY CREDITS

In the opening sequence, when the actors ride on their horses towards the camera and are introduced, the order in which they are introduced is never consistent - this was most likely done to prevent a single actor from becoming the "main" star of the show.

The opening and closing credits show a picture on the screen that corresponds with whatever credit is being given ("Music by" is accompanied by a man playing a violin, "Written by" has a Mark Twain-inspired writer type holding a book with "Bonanza" written on its cover, etc.)

THE TV SERIES WAS FOLLOWED BY:

Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988 TV movie)
Bonanza: The Return (1993 TV movie)
Bonanza: Under Attack (1995 TV movie)

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