Bonanza/The Power of Life and Death

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The Power of Life and Death
Season 12, Episode 5
Airdate October 11, 1970
Written by Joel Murcott
Directed by Leo Penn
Produced by Richard Collins
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The Power of Life and Death is the fifth episode of the twelfth season of Bonanza, and the three hundred sixty-sixth episode overall.

Starring: Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) (credit only), Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright)

Special Guest Star: Rupert Crosse (Davis)

Additional Cast: Larry Ward (Sheriff), Ted Gehring (Matt), Tina Menard (Mexican Woman)

and Lou Frizzell (Dusty Rhodes)


Plot Overview


  • Location scenes filmed at Old Tucson, Tucson, Arizona.

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments