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Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:10 am
by Episode Guide
Date: September 27, 1964

Summary: Ben is kidnapped by a band of outlaws and held for ransom in an old abandoned mine.

Written by: Donn Mullally
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Harold J. Stone (Chad), Jacqueline Scott (Willa), Conlon Carter (Tip), Bill Clark (Jim), Buck Taylor (Billy), Cal Bartlett (Len)

Slideshow courtesy of Tracy

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:28 pm
by Calamity
If I was going to kidnap a Cartwright (for ransom :grin ) which one would I take? This episode prompts the question anytime I watch it. I like that the boys come together but wonder if I would have taken Ben.

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:41 pm
by snapdragon
:thumbup Another great episode. I was getting tired of Little Joe being the damsel in distress all the time, so it was interesting to see how the boys would react to Ben's kidnapping/ransom.

I liked the quiet scene where Adam and Hoss simply looked at one another, nodded, and then rode out together to find their Pa, knowing full well what they had to do but not saying a word between them. That rings true to me. I understand that Joe and Hoss are emotionally closer as brothers, but Adam/Hoss could be a formidable team when trouble's brewing.

I think this show has had way too much focus on Joe/Hoss and Joe/Pa, but not enough of Adam/Hoss. A lost opportunity to explore an interesting, complicated relationship.

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:39 pm
by manulanee
I suppose they would have had time problems to explore the Adam-Hoss relationship in this episode, too, or it would have had to be a two-parter. I think there actually was an episode about Adam and Hoss, but I can't remember which one :think... too late for me already here in Austria to think straight, I'm afraid :laughing

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:54 pm
by Calamity
We get to see the Adam/Hoss dynamic in The Hopefuls and the Philip Deidesheimer Story but not in this one. I would have much preferred this to be a two part episode bringing in more on Hop Sing and Sheriff Coffee. I enjoyed the conflict between the kidnappers but I don't think I really felt that Ben was in any kind of real danger.

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:36 am
by Jim Barnsby
A Ben episode in which he plays the 3:10 to Yuma (1957) card, making The Hostage an entry in the sub-genre of "Psychological Western", though it doesn't get deep into what makes the kidnappers tick, psychologically speaking.

Lorne Greene does a fine job here, as we get to see him in a decidedly un-paternal characterization. It gives one an idea of how Ben, when threatened, can "turn on the nasty" if he must. He is in total control, even though he is the hostage.

I'll keep an eye out on the missed opportunity for this episode to better explore the Adam-Hoss dynamic. Based on the previous comments, others noticed when I did not. I've always believed the Adam-Hoss relationship was never given enough attention.

The whole Cartwright family are involved--always a great thing. The episode also features superb location shooting in Keyesville, Big Blue Mine Kernville, according to online sources. This looks to me like the location used in the 1967 Paul Newman western, Hombre, but it was not.

Excellent musical underscore used throughout, and there's an especially menacing cue featuring in the story's opening.

Visually, there is a newer look to this episode, so the early '60s period is giving way to the mid-1960s era by way of the more clear-looking camerwork.

My Rating: 7/10

Re: Episode 170 - THE HOSTAGE

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:54 pm
by daisy60
Lorne did a good acting job on this and so did everyone else. The sons all stuck together, tricking them into thinking only Joe, alone was delivering the ransom. That was great seeing Ben riding Cochise! :very happy