TV Series | TV-PG | | Western
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.
Robert Blake and Robert Fuller were considered for the role of Little Joe Cartwright. Producer David Dortort had mixed feelings about Michael Landon, the new, unfamiliar actor auditioning for the part, thinking he was way too young. With the encouragement of his wife, who picked up a publicity still of Landon, Dortort changed his mind and gave Landon the role.
You and your education.
Adam Cartwright: Education is progress! Now what have you got against it?
Ben Cartwright: I don't have anything against education - as long as it doesn't interfere with your thinking!
The hairstyles worn by all characters were those of its 20th century filming era, rather its 19th century setting.
The opening and closing credits show a picture on the screen that corresponds with whatever credit is being given ("Music by" is accompanied by a man playing a violin, "Written by" has a Mark Twain-inspired writer type holding a book with "Bonanza" written on its cover, etc.)
Many television broadcasts and DVDs of public domain episodes currently in circulation replace the famous title theme music with generic music. Only official videos and DVDs from Artisan/Republic are uncut and contain the music as intended.
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