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Season 3 (NBC) (1961-62)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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################# Bonanza ####################
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NBC Sundays 9:00 pm Eastern
34 episodes
Writer/ Director/ Producer credits now on opening credits
(previously on end credits)

03.01 [067] Bonanza:
THE SMILER (verified)
24-Sep-1961 NBC Sun
Written by Lewis Reed
Directed by Thomas Carr
Director of Photography Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Herschel Bernardi ............. Clarence Bolling
Featuring: (end credits)
Catherine McLeod .............. Mrs. McClure
Ray Teal
Bill Zuckert .................. Gilbert
Robert Foulk .................. Deputy
Scatman Crothers .............. Jud
Hy Terman ..................... Arthur Bolling
When Hoss accidentally kills drunken Arthur Bolling, he is confronted
by the dead man's brother, who masks his plan for revenge.

03.02 [068] Bonanza:
SPRINGTIME (verified)
01-Oct-1961 NBC Sun
Written by John Furia Jr.
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
No Guest Stars
Featuring: (end credits)
John Carradine ................ Jedediah Milbank
John Qualen ................... Parley
Jena Engstrom ................. Ann
Claude Johnson ................ Paul
Denver Pyle ................... Theodore Hackett
Lorna Thayer
Clegg Hoyt
Selmer Jackson
Synopsis 1:
Horseplay at the Ponderosa ends abruptly when Joe accidentally injures old Jedediah Milbank.
Synopsis 2:
A friend of Ben's (Mr. Milbank) arrives at the Ponderosa at a bad time...when the Cartwright
boys are fighting in the mud. Mr. Milbank, who is injured by a flying log during the fight,
gives an assignment to each of the three boys. Can they fulfill the assignments, or has
Springtime gotten to them all?

03.03 [069] Bonanza:
THE HONOR OF COCHISE  (verified)
8-Oct-1961 NBC Sun
Written by Elliott Arnold
Directed by Don McDougall
Director of Photography Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Jeff Morrow ................... Cochise
Featuring: (end credits)
DeForest Kelley ............... Captain Johnson (large font)
Stacy Harris .................. Colonel Wilcox
Bing Russell
Al Ruscio ..................... Delgado
Hal Jon Norman
Robert Rothwell
Raymond Mayo
The Cartwrights shield an Army captain from Cochise's warriors.

03.04 [070] Bonanza: The Lonely House (1961.10.15)
Paul Richards ................. Trock
Faith Domergue ................ Lee Bolden
Jim Beck ...................... Gavin
Vito Scotti ................... Pooch
Ray Hemphill
Lonely widow Lee Bolden shields a wounded bank robber.

03.05 [071] Bonanza:
THE BURMA RARITY  (verified)
22-Oct-1961 NBC Sun
Written by N. B. Stone Jr.
Directed by William Witney
Director of Photography Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Guest Star:
Beatrice Kay .................. Clementine Hawkins
Featuring: (end credits)
James Griffith
Charles Watts
Joan Staley
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
Wally Brown ................... Henry Morgan
Dave Willock .................. Phil Axe
Nestor Paiva
Ray Teal ...................... Sheriff Roy Coffee (recurring)
William Keene
Howard Wright
A former showgirl turns the tables on con artists who try to sell her a worthless gem.

03.06 [072] Bonanza:
BROKEN BALLAD  (verified)
29-Oct-1961 NBC Sun
Written by John T. Kellley
Directed by Robert Butler
Director of Photography Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Robert Culp ................... Ed Payson
Featuring: (end credits)
Ray Daley ..................... Billy Buckley
Abbagail Shelton .............. Sally
Dabbs Greer ................... Will Cass
Robert Christopher ............ Cahill
Richard Rosmini ............... Jamie
John Graham
 (Cosmo Sardo ....... Bartender?)(Not Credited)
Robert Culp as a former gunfighter trying to live down his past.

03.07 [073] Bonanza: The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch (1961.11.05)
Ian Wolfe ..................... Gideon Flinch
Arnold Stang .................. Jake the Weasel
Sue Ane Langdon ............... Jennifer
Harry Swoger .................. Bullethead Burke
Joe Turkel
Robert Jordan
Robert Foulk
Clem Bevans
Burt Mustin
Rickey Kelman
Charles Horvath
George Dunn
Owen Bush
Vengeful Bullethead Burke mistakes Joe for con man Gideon Flinch.

03.08 [074] Bonanza:
THE FRIENDSHIP  (verified)
12-Nov-61 NBC Sun
Director of Photography Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Dean Jones .................... Danny Kidd
Featuring: (end credits)
Janet Lake .................... Ann Carter (large font)
Ed Faulkner ................... Bob Stevens
Norm Alden .................... Teller
Rusty Lane .................... Warden
Stafford Repp ................. Carter
Roy Wright
Released in Joe's custody, a former chain-gang prisoner has difficulty adjusting to his freedom.

03.09 [075] Bonanza:
THE COUNTESS  (verified)
19-Nov-1961 NBC Sun
Written by William R. Cox and William D. Powell
Directed by Robert Sparr
Director of Photography Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Maggie Hayes .................. Linda Chadwick
Featuring: (end credits)
John Alderson ................. Montague
Dan Sheridan .................. Kelly
Dick Wittinghill
Orville Sherman
Norman Leavitt
Michael Ross
Robert Ridgely
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
Lady Linda Chadwick returns to Virginia City to rekindle her romance with Ben.

03.10 [076] Bonanza:
THE HORSE BREAKER (verified)
26-Nov-1961 NBC Sun
Written by Frank Chase
Directed by Don McDougall
Director of Photography Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Ben Cooper .................... Johnny Lightly
Featuring: (end credits)
Sue Randall ................... Ann Davis
R.G. Armstrong ................ Nathan Clay
Don Burnett ................... Gordie
Addison Richards .............. Dr. Kay
John Cole ..................... Gunnar
Ben intervenes when self-pity and loneliness take their toll on
a bronco-buster who has lost the use of his legs.

03.11 [077] Bonanza:
DAY OF THE DRAGON (verified)
3-Dec-1961 NBC Sun
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Don McDougall
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Lisa Lu ....................... Su Ling
Featuring: (end credits)
Richard Loo ................... General Tsung
Philip Ahn .................... Kam Lee
Mort Mills .................... Gordon
Harry Lauter .................. Barrett
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
In a poker game Joe wins a Chinese slave girl - who resists
all his attempts to free her.

03.12 [078] Bonanza:
THE FRENCHMAN (verified)
10-Dec-1961 NBC Sun
Written by Norman Lessing
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of Photography, Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Featuring: (end credits)
Andre Philippe ................ Francois Viiion (large font)
Erika Peters .................. Eloise (large font)
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
Ray Teal (recurring)
Robert J. Stevenson ........... Proprietor
The Cartwrights tangle with a Frenchman who claims to be the
reincarnation of poet Francois Villon.

03.13 [079] Bonanza:
THE TIN BADGE  (verified)
17-Dec-1961 NBC Sun
Written by Don Ingalls
Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Stars:
Vic Morrow .................... Ab Brock
Karen Steele .................. Sylvia Ann
Featuring: (end credits)
John Litel .................... Mayor Goshen
Robert Fortier ................ Higgler
David Manley .................. Virgil
Bill Catching ................. Bankey
Stephen Chase
Joe is appointed sheriff of a nearby town by two citizens who are plotting a murder.

03.14 [080] Bonanza:
GABRIELLE (Christmas Episode) (verified)
24Dec61
Written by Anthony Lawrence
Directed by Thomas Carr
Director of Photography, Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Introducing:
Diane Mountford ............... Gabrielle Wickham
Featuring: (end credits)
John Abbott ................... Zachariah (large font)
Kevin Hagen ................... Everett
Evelyn Scott
Mike McGreevey
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
Selmer Jackson
The Cartwrights help a blind girl find her grandfather, a recluse who spent
21 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

03.15 [081] Bonanza: LAND GRAB
31-Dec-1961 NBC Sun
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Guest Star:
John McGiver .................. Colonel Bragg
Featuring: (end credits)
George Mitchell ............... Mike Sullivan
Victor Sen Yung
Ray Teal
Don Wilbanks .................. Jacks
Don Oreck
Dennis Whitcomb
Jason Johnson
Eileen Ryan
Fay McKenzie
Fred Sherman
Bob Miles
Range war looms when settlers backed by deeds claim ownership of the Ponderosa.

03.16 [082] Bonanza: THE TALL STRANGER
 
7-Jan-1962 NBC Sun
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Guest Stars:
Sean McClory .................. Mark Connors
Kathie Browne ................. Margie Owens
Featuring: (end credits)
Jacqueline Scott .............. Kathy
Russell Thorson ............... Owens
Ed Prentiss
Dorothy Neumann
Robert Ridgely
Forrest Taylor
Bart Carlon
Henry Wills
Hoss's romance with wealthy Margie Owens is shattered by a fortune
hunter who captivates Margie with extravagant promises.

03.17 [083] Bonanza:
THE LADY FROM BALTIMORE (verified)
14-Jan-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Elliott Arnold
Directed by John Peyser
Director of Photography Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Special Guest Stars:
Mercedes McCambridge .......... Deborrah Banning
Audrey Dalton ................. Melinda Banning
Featuring: (end credits)
Hayden Rorke
Victor Sen Yung (recurring)
Robert Adler
Melinda Banning doesn't love Joe but she is being forced to marry him by her status-seeking mother.

3.18 [084] Bonanza:
THE RIDE (verified)
The Ride (Part 1)
21-Jan-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Ward Hawkins
Directed by Don McDougall
No Guest Stars:
Featuring: (end credits)
Jan Merlin .................... Bill Enders
Grace Gaynor .................. Mary Enders
Ray Teal
Chubby Johnson ................ Toby Barker
Hal Baylor .................... Stewart
Bob Harris
Adam is forced to take action when he recognizes a stagecoach robber as his friend Bill Enders.

03.19 [085] Bonanza: The Storm (1962.01.28)
Brooke Hayward ................ Laura White
Frank Overton ................. Captain White
Joe's the object of Laura White's affections when she and her father
visit the Ponderosa.

03.20 [086] Bonanza: The Auld Sod (1962.02.04)
Cheerio Meredith .............. Nellie Lynch
James Dunn .................... Danny Lynch
Jeff DeBenning ................ Higgins
Howard Wright ................. Howie
Keith Richards
Norman Leavitt
Jack Carr
Pete Robinson
The Cartwrights change places with hand Danny Lynch, whose mother is coming to see "his" ranch.

03.21 [087] Bonanza:
GIFT OF WATER  (verified)
11-Feb-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Borden Chase
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Royal Dano .................... Gunther
Featuring: (end credits)
Majel Barrett ................. Mrs. Ganther
Pam Smith ..................... Lindy Ganther
James Doohan .................. Bill Collins
Kay Stewart ................... Mrs. Collins
Ray Teal
Paul Birch .................... Kent
The Cartwrights use their wits to keep drought-ridden farmers from invading the Ponderosa.

03.22 [088] Bonanza: The Jacknife (1962.02.18)
Bethel Leslie ................. Ann Grant
John Archer ................... Mathew Grant
Donald Losby .................. Jody Grant
Robert H. Harris .............. Chad
Robert Karnes
A boy enlists Adam's help in saving his parents' marriage.

03.23 [089] Bonanza:
THE GUILTY  (verified)
25-Feb-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Clifford Irving
Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of Photography, Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Lyle Bettger .................. Lem Partridge
Featuring: (end credits)
Charles Maxwell ............... Jack Groat
Anne Benton ................... Caroline
Edward Platt .................. Wade
Ray Teal (recurring)
Jack Easton, Jr.
Ben becomes a target for revenge when he witnesses the shooting of a friend's son.

03.24 [090] Bonanza:
THE WOOING OF ABIGAIL JONES  (verified)
4-Mar-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Norman Lessing
Directed by Christian Nyby
Special Guest Star:
Vaughn Monroe ................. Hank Meyers
Featuring: (end credits)
Eileen Ryan ................... Abigail Jones (large font)
Norma Varden .................. Ma Nutley
Robert J. Stevenson
Diana Darrin .................. Margie
The Cartwrights play Cupid for shy ranch hand Hank Meyers, who is in love with the local schoolmarm.

03.25 [091] Bonanza: The Law Maker (1962.03.11)
Arthur Franz .................. Asa Moran
Les Tremayne .................. Judge Jackson
Charles Briggs ................ Charlie Fitch
John Mitchum .................. Lou Palmer
Rosalind Roberts
Roy Engel
Bob Miles
J.P. Catching
Acting Sheriff Asa Moran endangers the townspeople when he misuses
his sudden authority.

03.26 [092] Bonanza:
LOOK TO THE STARS (verified)
18-Mar-1962 NBC Sun
Written by Robert M. Fresco and Paul Fink
Directed by Don McDougall
Director of Photography, Walter H. Castle, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Douglas Lambert ............... Albert Michelson
Featuring: (end credits)
William Schallert ............. Mr. Norton
Joe De Santis ................. Samuel Michelson
Penny Santon .................. Rosalie Michelson
Booth Colman
Salvador Baguez
Wallace Rooney
Richard Vera
"Look to the Stars", based on the life of Nobel Prize scientist Albert Michelson.

03.27 [093] Bonanza:
THE GAMBLE (verified)
1-Apr-1962 NBC Sun
Teleplay by Frank Cleaver and Michael Landon / Story by Frank Cleaver
Directed by William Witney
Director of Photography, Haskell Boggs, A.S.C.
Special Guest Star:
Charles McGraw ................ Sheriff Gains
Featuring: (end credits)
Ben Johnson ................... Stan (large font)
Robert Sampson ................ Artie (large font)
Jan Harrison
Joey Walsh
Raymond Greenleaf ............. Judge
I. Stanford Jolley
Robert Foulk
Morris Ankrum
Joe races against time to halt the execution of his father and brothers, who have been framed for murder.

3.28 [094] Bonanza: THE CRUCIBLE
The Crucible (1)
8-Apr-1962
Lee Marvin .................... Peter Kane
Howard Ledig .................. Frank Preston
Barry Cahill .................. Jim Gann
William Edmonson
Roy Barcroft
Paul Barselow
Stranded in the mountains, Adam is forced to rely on a deranged miner who leads a hermit's existence.

03.29 [095] Bonanza: Inger, My Love (1962.04.15)
Inga Swenson .................. Inger
James Philbrook ............... McWhorter
Jeremy Slate .................. Gunnar
Johnny Stephens
Taggarr Casey
Harlan Warde
Charles Fredericks
Helen Brown
Nolan Leary
Ben recalls his courtship with Hoss's mother.

03.30 [096] Bonanza: Blessed Are They (1962.04.22)
Robert Brown .................. Reverend
Ford Rainey ................... Clarke
Leslie Wales .................. Peggy
Irene Tedrow .................. Mrs. Mahan
Rory O'Brien .................. Kenny
Walter Sande
Amzie Strickland
Robert Brubaker
Robert Foulk
Tracy Stratford
Arthur Peterson
Ben steps in when a feud between two families threatens to split the townspeople into warring factions.

3.31 [97] Bonanza: THE DOWRY
The Dowry (1)
29-Apr-1962
Steven Geray .................. Alexander Dubois
Luciana Paluzzi ............... Michele Dubois
Lee Bergere ................... Ricardo Fernandez
Ken Mayer ..................... Crusty
Roy Engel ..................... Doctor
The Cartwrights shelter a wounded man and his daughter, who may have been robbed of $10,000.

3.32 [98] Bonanza: THE LONG NIGHT

The Long Night (1)
6-May-1962
James Coburn .................. Trace
Bing Russell .................. Poindexter
Jack Chaplain ................. Billy McCord
William Bramley ............... Townsend
Whit Bissell .................. Neighbor
Frank Ferguson
Paul Dubov
Dorothy Adams
E.J. Andre
Eric Barnes
Al Avalon
Framed for murder, Adam is caught between a crooked deputy and a lynch mob.

3.33 [99] Bonanza: THE MOUNTAIN GIRL
The Mountain Girl (1)
13-May-1962
Directed by Don McDougall [SC]
Written by John Furia, Jr. [SC]
Guest Cast:
Nina Shipman .................. Trudy Harker
Warren Oates .................. Paul
Carl Benton Reid .............. Josiah Harker
Nancy Hadley .................. Stephanie
Will Wright ................... Seth
Mary Treen .................... Annie
Synopsis 1:
A dying old man asks Little Joe to take his granddaughter Trudy to meet her parental grandfather.
Synopsis 2:
Joe tackles the task of turning mountain girl Trudy Harker into a refined young lady.

03.34 [100] Bonanza: THE MIRACLE MAKER (1962.05.20)
Ed Nelson ..................... Garth
Patricia Breslin .............. Susan Blanchard
Mort Mills .................... Thorne
Jean Inness ................... Aunt Celia
Tol Avery ..................... Dr. Moore
Raymond Bailey ................ Sam Blanchard
Bill Quinn
Robert Adler
Guilt disables a woman who was at the reins in a wagon crash that killed her father.

[--] 24Jun62 - pre-empted for "TV Guide Awards"

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