Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Rain from Heaven 

A drought brings a rainmaker with a very sick daughter to Virginia City.


Lewis Allen




Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
John Anderson ... Tulsa Weems
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Weems
Mickey Sholdar Mickey Sholdar ... Jube Weems
Eileen Chesis Eileen Chesis ... Mary Beth Weems
Phil Chambers ... Abe
Herbert Lytton ... Fred (as Herb Lytton)
Bing Russell ... Deputy Clem Foster
Mary Newton Mary Newton ... Mrs. Crane


The territory is suffering from a drought. Tulsa Weems, a rainmaker from the Tennessee hill country, comes to help. Tulsa brings his impoverished family and sick daughter with him. Ben refuses to pay for something he doesn't believe will work, but offers to help Tulsa and his family. Tulsa refuses, saying "hill people don't take charity." Ben finds that Tulsa's daughter has typhoid fever, and the doctor is away. The Cartwrights must find a way to help a family that doesn't want "charity." Tulsa in turn resolves to bring rain to end the drought, and finds in his faith a way forward in his time of trial. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Release Date:

6 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Ben Cartwright: Oh I believe in a Rain Maker: the one you were praying to last night.
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Hill folk don't take no charity
29 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Bonanza has the Virginia City area in a severe drought and Adam Cartwright is on a mission to get some water wagons so that they draw water from Lake Tahoe. In the meantime it's pretty hot and dry for the rest of the area and the Cartwrights are making as best due they can.

Times like this one will try anything and John Anderson from the Tennnessee hills has come to town with wife Claudia Pryar and children Mickey Sholdar and Eileen Chesis. These are some mighty proud folks who don't like handouts. But they are in need of help when the little girl comes down with typhoid fever.

A nice story about a family that learns that all the people who aren't from the Tennessee hills are not necessarily bad.

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