Episode 115 - THE COLONEL

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Episode 115 - THE COLONEL

Post by Episode Guide » Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:13 pm

Date: January 6, 1963

Summary: Ben's old Army buddy comes to the Ponderosa.

Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: John Larkin (Colonel Frank Medford)

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Re: Episode 115 - THE COLONEL

Post by Jim Barnsby » Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:18 am

It was interesting to learn that Ben had adventures in Nicaragua(!) which were probably even before William Walker's escapades. This enjoyable episode is in large part thanks to Lorne Greene's outstanding sympathetic reactions to Colonel Medford's life of bad breaks and setbacks since that day of heroism in Nicaragua so many years before. The episode itself has a leisurely pace and is more of a basic character study without any danger of the violent variety.

One of the best elements of this episode is the musical motif for Colonel Medford. It's played by harmonica and sounds like a tormented freight train barreling through the misery of this life. It was of course composed by the great David Rose.

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