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Season 10: Episodes #304-311 | #312-319 | #320-327 | #328-333


Mrs Wharton

Episode #320: Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds

Air Date: January 19, 1969   Written by: Preston Wood   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Wharton), Jess Pearson (Ed), Oren Stevens (Billy Buckman)

Candy sets out to help a feisty and elderly British woman recover the jewels stolen from her in a stage holdup.

Trivia: This was Mildred Natwick's first and only appearance in the series. A disarming character lady quite capable of scene-stealing, Natwick was a well-rounded talent with distinctively dowdy features and idiosyncratic tendencies who, over a six-decade period, assembled together a number of unforgettable matrons on stage and (eventually) film and TV. Whimsical, feisty, loony, stern, impish, shrewish, quizzical, scheming - she greatly enhanced both comedies and dramas and, thankfully, her off-centered greatness was captured perfectly on occasion by such film directors as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Neil Simon.


Erin

Episode #321: Erin

Air Date: January 26, 1969   Written by: Sandy Summerhayes   Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Mary Fickett (Erin O'Donnell), Don Briggs (Clint Murray)

Hoss falls in love with Erin O' Donnell, an Irish woman who lives with the Sioux and is threatened by a rancher considerably less open-minded than the Cartwrights.

Trivia: This is Mary Fickett's first and only appearance in the series. Fickett is best known for her long running role of Ruth Martin on the ABC soap opera All My Children.


Forgotten Men

Episode #322: Company of Forgotten Men

Air Date: February 2, 1969   Written by: Kay Lenard, Jess Carneol   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), James Gregory (Sgt. Mike Russell), Charles Maxwell (Jeb)

Army veterans, led by a sergeant Candy is friends with, camp on the Ponderosa and plan to rob the US mint in Carson City.

Trivia: This was James Gregory's third and last appearance in the series. The New York-born Gregory gave up a career as a stockbroker for one as an actor, and began on the Broadway stage. He made his film debut in 1948. Gregory specialized in playing loud, brash, tough cops or businessmen. One of his better roles was as the detective out to get Capone in Al Capone (1959). He also played Dean Martin's boss in three of the four cheesy Matt Helm spy films.


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Episode #323: The Clarion

Air Date: February 9, 1969   Written by: John Hawkins, Frank Chase   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Phyllis Thaxter (Ruth Manning), Simon Oakland (Judge Seth Tabor)

Ben's friend is struggling to keep her newspaper going.

Trivia: This was Simon Oakland's third and last appearance in the series. A gifted actor, he often accepted roles that were inferior to his acting ability and often played on type rather than talent. He was highly respected by his co-workers as an actor; he died of cancer, one day after his 68th birthday.


Mountain Lion

Episode #324: The Lady and the Mountain Lion

Air Date: February 23, 1969   Written by: Larry Markes   Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars: Richard Haydn (Malcolm The Magnificent), Alyce Andrece (Janice), Rhae Andrece (Joan)

Joe and Hoss are fooled by a magician's twin daughters.

Trivia: This was Richard Haydn's only appearance in the series. He is best known for his role of Max Detweiller in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.


Five Candles

Episode #325: Five Candles

Air Date: March 2, 1969   Written by: Ken Trevey   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Don Knight (Bristol Toby), Scott Thomas (Jonathan Pike), Tiffany Bolling (Callie McGill)

The floor of the Virginia City courthouse collapses, trapping Ben in the basement with three other people.

Trivia: This was Don Knight's first of three appearances in the series. He also had a recurring character role in the TV series It Takes a Thief (1968) with Robert Wagner.


The Wish

Episode #326: The Wish

Air Date: March 9, 1969   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Ossie Davis (Sam Davis), George Spell (John O. Davis)

Hoss spends his two-month vacation helping a black family get their farm in shape, and dealing with racism in the neighboring town.

Trivia: his was veteran actor Ossie Davis' only appearance in the series. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, along with Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty and wife Ruby Dee. Davis was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

This was Michael Landon's favorite episode.


The Deserter

Episode #327: The Deserter

Air Date: March 16, 1969   Written by: B.W. Sandefur, John Dunkel   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars:

Candy happens upon a so called army deserter. Candy and Joe clear the deserter's name and cut off production of rifles to be sold to the Indians.

Trivia: This was Ben Johnson's second of three appearances in the series. Born in Oklahoma, Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart. His break came when John Ford noticed him and gave him a part in an upcoming film, and eventually a star part in Wagon Master (1950).