"Bonanza" episode
Season 4, Episode 33
Ep.# in Series: 133
Air date May 19, 1963
Guest starring:
Written by Leo Gordon

Paul Leslie Peil

Directed by Arthur H. Nadel
Episode Guide
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Rich Man, Poor Man
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Little Man -Ten Feet Tall
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Power-hungry freight line owner Tom Slayden has cheated, connived and bullied himself into the "boss" for Virginia City. The Cartwright family has the misfortune of crossing his path when one of Slayden's henchmen shoots Joe in the back for trespassing.


"Boss" Tom Slayden has monopolized the freight business and has been intimidating anyone who opposes him. One of Slayden's men shoots Little Joe in the shoulder when he finds Joe hauling a wagon-load of supplies. Ben signs a warrant for Slayden's arrest.

When Slayden is arrested, and he shuts down the freight business. Viriginia City's businesses quickly close, and a jury acquits Slayden to save the town's businesses. The Cartwrights, some of the townsfolk, and even Slayden's daughter, Karen, oppose the "Boss."

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Boss Slaydon", meaning "Boss Slaydon".




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See alsoEdit

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