Bonanza Season 3 Episodes
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Re: Episode 70 - THE LONELY HOUSE

Post by daisy60 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:21 am

Julianna wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:29 pm
daisy60 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:52 pm
Julianna wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:03 pm
I don't understand why they couldn't have postponed this episode. They did with All Ye His Saints and then rewrote it for Joe. I agree with Plato and PJudith that this episode did not suit Little Joe. Michael Landon acted well in it but it did seem off the mark for his character's attitude and age. Joe rarely went for older women. And I don't recall him chasing any widows.

Actually, All Ye Saints was not 'rewritten' for Joe. Pernell had left the show so it was given to Joe, as is. He may have been a different actor and little training but as David Dortort once said about Michael 'he's a natural actor with quick responses' Pernell's acting was terrific but so was Michael's, just differently. :thumbup
Right here on this site is a copy of that script. Daisy I read it. It is different from the episode. After reading the script I watched the episode online unedited. It was not the same. Similar but different. Adam swims in the river and Joe does not. The boys father dies in Adam version and in the Joe version he is gravely Ill, but gets better. They supposedly postponed the episode since it was to cold to shoot and have PR swim in the river. But they changed it for Landon anyway. I never said Michael did not act good. I said the part didn’t fit his character Joe. The episode above is okay to watch.

You're right, Julianna! I had to go back to look this up but evidently it had been set aside and re-written. I'm sorry! :sob

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Re: Episode 70 - THE LONELY HOUSE

Post by rogell » Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:45 pm

Definitely a better fit for Adam than Joe but it was all in all a good episode. The one thing that made me cringe was when Joe told the widow to kiss the criminal to keep him quiet while Joe fished for the bullet. #1 Ewww, #2, when did Joe become a medical professional? Lastly, the criminal recovers rather quickly which I guess is normal in an hour television show. I would have like to have seen Adam in this episode and may be that scene wouldn't be as cringeworhy

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Re: Episode 70 - THE LONELY HOUSE

Post by sunny » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:06 pm

I thought ML did a great job in this episode. He's quite often underestimated in his acting talents. I don't think I ever saw him not being 'on' even in scenes where he isn't the focus. He's never really sleepwalking through scenes, which David Dortort said PR did quite a lot (and I agree). Never understood why Landon didn't persue a more serious career as an actor after Bonanza, or at least, like David Canary, honed his acting talents in theater.

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