"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 2
Ep.# in Series: 136
Air date September 29, 1963
Guest starring:
Written by Peter Packer
Directed by Murray Golden
Episode Guide
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Rain from Heaven
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Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City to protest the city's newspaper serializing his latest novel without his permission. He's arrested and fined for his trouble. The writer refuses to pay the fine or defend himself, so his fans, the Cartwrights, come to his aid.


At Ben's invitation, Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City to give a reading from "Oliver Twist" while on a reading/lecture tour in America. While there, he stays at the Ponderosa. He becomes enraged by the townsfolk's casual attitude toward distribution of copies of his stories published without protection of copyright laws.

After confronting the local newspaper publisher, the newspaper's office is destroyed. Already having lost the esteem of the townsfolk, Dickens now finds that the townsfolk blame him for the violence.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Charles Dickens in Virginia City", meaning "Charles Dickens in Virginia City".




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Bonanza - A Passion for Justice

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