Season(s) Aired ... 1959-1973
Season featuring Vaughn .... 1962
Episode No. ... 3.24
Date Aired ... March 4, 1962
Network ... NBC
Night/Time Slot ...  
Run Time ....  60 min
Filmed in .... Color



The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well. Summary written by Ed Stephan. Content from Internet Movie Database.

Vaughn Monroe plays Hank Meyers in the episode "The Wooing of Abigail Jones"


Lorne Greene .... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts .... Adam Cartwright (1959-1965)
Dan Blocker .... Hoss Cartwright (1959-1972)
Michael Landon ... Little Joe Cartwright
Victor Sen Yung ... Hop Sing


For a more complete listing of cast and credits, click here to link to the Internet Movie Database.



The segment of "Bonanza" on which I worked was filmed on Paramount's back lot...Western Street, as it was known on the lot. The interiors were filmed on stage 5...the interior of the Ponderosa. A segment of "Bonanza" took 6 days to shoot...they were anywhere from 12 to 16 hour days. A 60 hour work week was the norm.

Contributed by Ed Thompson who was a set lighting technician for the episode in which Vaughn guest starred.