Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Top Hand 

During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed and a fellow rancher's foreman, who schemes to take over the job.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

David Dortort (created by), John Hawkins | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Ben Johnson ... Kelly James
Roger Davis ... Bert Yates
Walter Barnes ... Weatherby
Jerry Gatlin Jerry Gatlin ... Quincy
Richard Farnsworth ... Sourdough (as Dick Farnsworth)
Bill Clark ... Jimpson
Eddie Juaregui Eddie Juaregui ... Bones (as Ed Juaregui)
Hal Burton ... Smokey
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Storyline

During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed and a fellow rancher's foreman, who schemes to take over the job.

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Genres:

Western

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Trivia

Fans of Michael Landon's "Little House on the Prairie" would notice the background music that is used repeatedly in this Bonanza Top Hand episode...it is the same music that Landon would later use as the main theme for Little House on the Prairie See more »

Soundtracks

Bonanza
(Theme Song)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Top Hand is Top Notch!
1 January 2018 | by BMChinSee all my reviews

I was in cowboy heaven watching Bonanza's Top Hand. Ben Johnson's horsemanship was unparalleled. Two years after this episode Ben Johnson won a rodeo championship. The "old timer" still had the goods! The sweeping scenery had the feel of a John Ford movie. This episode reminded me of why I love westerns-the wide open spaces, the individual against the elements, action over words and beautiful horses! Not to be missed!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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