"Bonanza" episode
Season 4, Episode 17
Ep.# in Series: 117
Air date January 20, 1963
Guest starring:
Written by Shirl Hendryx

E. M. Parsons

Directed by Hollingsworth Morse
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Song in the Dark
Next Episode:
Half a Rogue
External links
Elegy for a Hangman on IMDb
Elegy for a Hangman on


Adam helps an angry young man to confront the "hanging judge" who sentenced his father to death in a high-stakes miscarriage of justice.


Bob Jolley is an angry young man who confronts Judge "Hanging Harry" Whitaker about unjustly sentencing his father to death. An attempt on the life of the chief witness leads Adam to wonder if Bob might be right.

Powerful interests, including a senator and a railroad, seem to have wanted Bob's father dead. Adam learns that a gunman has apparently been hired to silence Bob. Adam, with the support of his brothers and his father, must defend Bob and bring the truth to light.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Recht und Unrecht", meaning "Justice and Injustice".


"Adam, you have a way of sticking your neck out for the underdog."
Ben Cartwright[src]



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Bonanza Elegy for a Hangman

See alsoEdit

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