Bonanza – Episode 69 – The Honor of Cochise – The Cartwrights must try to get help for Adam, seriously wounded by an Apache bullet, and find out why Cochise and his warriors have threatened to kill them all if they don’t hand over an army captain taking refuge in their trail camp.
The Honor of Cochise
Director: Don McDougall
Writer: Elliott Arnold
Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker
Release Date: 8 October 1961 USA
Filming Locations: Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Jeff Morrow guest-stars as legendary Apache chief Cochise, who despite his avowed peaceful stance has sworn vengeance against Cavalry captain Moss Johnson (DeForrest Kelley). While Johnson takes refuge at the Ponderosa, Ben Cartwright, surrounded by a batallion of Cochise’s deadliest warriors, is determined to learn the true story behind the Apache leader’s vendetta. Fueling the crisis is a seriously injured Adam, and Johnson’s ever-increasing hysteria. Written on rottentomatoes.com
“What DeForest Kelley did to warrant the Apaches coming after him all the way to Nevada we’d call a war crime. during an alleged peace parley Kelley poisoned he food and drink and killed men, women, and children. Led by Cochise theyve chased him to the borders of the Ponderosa where Kelley seeks refuge with the Cartwrights before they find out what he’s done.
This episode belongs to Lorne Greene as he seeks a truce so that a wounded Pernell Roberts cawn get aid. He promises to see that Kelley is brought to justice. Will Cochise believe him?
Jeff Morrow plays Cochise and he pretty much follows in the footsteps of Jeff Chandler as the stoic and wise warrior chief.
It’s a good episode with kudos to Jeff Morrow.” Written by bkoganbing on IMDb.com
“This episode aired early in October 1961, the 3rd episode of the 3rd season. The Cartwrights run into a soldier (DeForest Kelly) on the run from a band of Indians led by Cochise (Jeff Morrow).
A note: By the start of the 3rd season, the Cartwrights had settled into their customary uniforms they wore throughout the duration of the series. Look for Bing Russell as a cavalryman who tries to defeat Cochise. Very shortly after this episode he assumed the role of Deputy Clem, which he kept until the show concluded in 1973.
This episode is particularly outstanding due to the performance of DeForest Kelly. You can see the sweat, grime, dirt, fear, evil, confusion, & stubbornness of his character as he defends his actions. It’s a performance that deserves repeat viewings. When he keeps repeating “But I was only following orders” you kinda feel a little sympathy for him.
Jeff Morrow, who made a lot of westerns in the 1950s, brings a quiet dignity & honor in his portrayal of Cochise. Even though he’s not an Indian, his performance works.
Finally, this episode deals with history in that the U.S. Cavalry sometimes had to use any means necessary in their battles with the American Indians. This episode also makes the viewer think about what is wrong & right during war. I wholly recommend it.” Written by jeremylr on IMDb.com
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