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Season 9: Episodes #270-277 | #278-285 | #286-294 | #295-303


Dream to Dream

Episode #295: A Dream to Dream

Air Date: April 14, 1968   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Julie Harris (Sarah Carter), Steve Ihnat (Josh Carter), Johnny Whitaker (Timmy Carter), Michele Tobin (Sally Carter)

Hoss brings happiness to the family of a bitter alcoholic rancher.

Trivia: This was Steve Ihnat's second of three appearances in the series. Actress Julie Harris is a five time Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee. in his autobiography A Life, Eli Kazan said that he was grateful to have Harris on the set of East of Eden (1955) because she had a calming influence on James Dean. Kazan praised Harris as both an actress and as a human being. She was the recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors along with Robert Redford, Tina Turner, Tony Bennett, and Suzanne Farrell.

This was the first complete script Michael Landon wrote for the series that NBC approved for filming.


Defense of Honor

Episode #296: In Defense of Honor

Air Date: April 28, 1968   Written by: William Douglas Lansford, Richard Wendley   Directed by: Marc Daniels
Guest Stars: Lou Antonio (Davey), Arnold Moss (Chief Lone Spear), Cherie Latimer (Bright Moon), Ned Romero (White Wolf)

Ponderosa ranch hand Davey was abandoned by a Ute tribe. He was found by Ben who has taken care of him ever since. While Ben is arranging a treaty between the Utes and white men, Davey falls in love with Bright Moon, the daughter of Chief Lonespear. This leads to situations that threaten the treaty and Bright Moon's husband to be. The actions of two town bigots complicate matters even more.

Trivia: This episode was originally scheduled to air on March 31, 1968; however, due to coverage of President Johnson's announcement that he was not seeking re-election, the episode was aired on April 28, 1968 instead.

Lou Antonio(Davey)is a successful director of many TV series, but does continue to act occasionally.


Die in Darkness

Episode #297: To Die in Darkness

Air Date: May 5, 1968   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), James Whitmore (John Postley), Noah Keen (Warden)

Ben and Candy have been missing for over a month. Everyone, including Joe and Hoss assume they're dead. But, they are being held prisoner in a mine shaft by an ex-convict wrongly convicted on Ben's testimony in court.

Trivia: This was Michael Landon's second complete script and his directorial debut. It has been said that this was David Canary's favorite episode.


Bottle Fighter

Episode #298: The Bottle Fighter

Air Date: May 12, 1968   Written by: John Hawkins, Colin Mackenzie, S. H. Barnett   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Albert Dekker (Barney Sturgess), Douglas Kennedy (Sheriff), Robert Sorrells (Ferguson)

Hoss is accused of stabbing a man to death, and his only hope of acquittal is a once great trial lawyer who is now a hopeless drunk.

Trivia: A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker(Sturgess) was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. This was his only appearance on the series, and shortly after this episode aired, Dekker was found dead from what has been called an accidental hanging.


Arrival of Eddie

Episode #299: The Arrival of Eddie

Air Date: May 19, 1968   Written by: Ward Hawkins, John M. Chester   Directed by: Marc Daniels
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Jan-Michael Vincent (Eddie McKay), Jim Davis (Sam Butler), Bing Russell (Clem Foster)

A young man rejects an offer to work at the Ponderosa because Hoss shot his father, but a rancher intent on making trouble for the Cartwrights blackmails him into taking the job.

Trivia: This was the first of Jan Michael-Vincent's two appearances in the series. He was a staple in 60's, 70's and 80's movies and televison, but is probably best remembered for his 1984 TV series Airwolf which co-starred Ernest Borgnine.


Stronghold

Episode #300: The Stronghold

Air Date: May 26, 1968   Written by: John Hawkins, W. R. Burnett   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Michael Witney (Josh Farrell), Paul Mantee (Mike Farrell), Lynda Day George (Lisa Jackson), James Davidson (Dude O'Brien)

Joe and Candy sell a herd to the Farrell Brothers in Arizona, but are paid a worthless bank draft.

Trivia: This was Lynda Day's only appearance in the series. An American leading actress and television star, Lynda Day George first garnered attention when she appeared in the popular TV series Mission: Impossible (1966) as Lisa Casey, a role for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She is now retired from acting.


Pride of a Man

Episode #301: Pride of a Man

Air Date: June 2, 1968   Written by: Ward Hawkins, Helen B. Hicks   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Kevin Coughlin (Willy McNabb), Anne Helm (Abby Pettigrew), Morgan Woodward (Will McNabb), Steve Cory (Billy McNabb)

Joe reluctantly takes a job as a substitute teacher when his girlfriend is hurt and he must deal with two older students who have no use for an education.

Trivia: This was Morgan Woodward's sixth of eight appearances in the series. He holds the record for having done more guest starring roles on the series Gunsmoke (1955) (19) and Wagon Train (1957) (11) than any other actor.


Matrimony

Episode #302: A Severe Case of Matrimony

Air Date: July 7, 1968   Written by: Michael Fessier   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Susan Strasberg (Rosalita), J. Carrol Naish (Anselmo), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

An untalented gypsy girl tries to get the Cartwrights to finance her career as an opera singer.

Trivia: This was Susan Strasberg's only appearance in the series. She was the daughter of the famed acting coach Lee Strasberg. She originated the role of Anne Frank in the original 1955 Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank and was nominated for a Best Dramatic Actress Tony Award for her performance.


Stage Door

Episode #303: Stage Door Johnnies

Air Date: July 28, 1968   Written by: Alex Sharp   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Kathleen Crowley (Madamoiselle Denise), Walter Brooke (Fillmore), Mike Mazurki (Big Man), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

Hoss and Joe rival for the affections of visiting entertainer Mademoiselle Denise, though she is more concerned for her little dog, Andre, than anything else.

Trivia: Playing Madamoiselle Denise was Kathleen Crowley's third and last performance in the series. Kathleen Crowley represented her home state of New Jersey in the Miss America pageant in 1949, placed sixth and (with the scholarship money she won) enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York. She played the plum title roles in prestigious TV productions of A Star Is Born and Jane Eyre, caught the eye of Hollywood and became a 20th Century-Fox contractee in 1952. Freelancing after leaving the studio, she kept busy in feature films (mostly Westerns and horror/sci-fi titles).