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Bonanza: The Smiler

Hoss defends Widow McClure when Arthur Bolling harasses her. During the skirmish Bolling is accidentally killed when his gun goes off. The day of the funeral arrives and Bolling's brother arrives but he doesn't seem to hold a grudge against anyone. But looks can be deceiving.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Sunday September 24th, 1961

Director: Thomas Carr
Writer: Lewis Reed

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Special Guest Stars
Herschel Bernardi
As Clarence Bolling

Guest Stars
Bill Zuckert
As Gilbert
Ray Teal
As Sheriff Roy Coffee
Robert Foulk
As Deputy Sheriff
Catherine McLeod
As Mrs. McClure
Hy Terman
As Arthur Bolling
Main Cast
Lorne Greene
As Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon
As Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright
Pernell Roberts
As Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker
As Eric "Hoss" Cartwright
Other Episode Crew

Associate ProducerJames W. Lane
EditorEllsworth Hoagland
MusicDavid Rose (1)
Set DecoratorSam Comer  |  Grace Gregory
OtherEdward P. Ancona (Color Consultant (1960-1973))
Director of PhotographyHaskell Boggs
Production SupervisorJohn Banse
Art DirectorHal Pereira  |  A. Earl Hedrick
Sound RecordistLyle Figland  |  Joel Moss
Main Title Theme Written ByRay Evans  |  Jay Livingston
Story ConsultantFrank Cleaver
Make-up SupervisorWally Westmore
Casting SupervisorWilliam Mayberry
Hair Styling SupervisorNellie Manley
Warning: Bonanza season 3 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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