Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

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Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

Post by Episode Guide » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:02 am

Date: January 16, 1972

Summary: Feeling old, Ben takes a bet that he couldn’t find a job as Ben “Brown.” Working as a ranch hand, Ben discovers that Ben Cartwright is being framed for stealing land, hated, and is the cause of an impending range war.

Written by: John Hawkins (Teleplay), Samuel A Peoples (Story and Teleplay)
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars:Buddy Ebsen (Cactus Murphy), Don Collier (Paul Walker), Charles H. Gray (Cass Breckenridge), Jay MacIntosh (Sally), Dick Farnsworth (Tate), Henry Wills (Yokum), Hal Riddle (Tiller)

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Re: Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

Post by ellie » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:18 pm

Though I missed the opening of this episode, I assume that Cactus (Buddy Ebsen) got himself fired by Ben then challenged Ben to become a ranch hand. I came in as "Bonanza" came across my screen. Ben was entering a gate where there was a sign telling people that it was Ponderosa land and he should KEEP OUT. After that, things got interesting.
And I must say, I'm feeling a little sorry for Hoss and Joe. :rotfl

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Post by littlejoenice » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:34 pm

I liked this one, especially the early scene where Ben and Cactus are in the house, and Cactus is egging him on, telling him he never did an honest day's work in his life (or something like that. It's been a while.) and that he wouldn't last a day on a ranch as a hand. So funny to see Ben prove them wrong.
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Re: Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

Post by rolsson » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:02 am

At the start I was thinking why should Ben take Cactus up on this bet he's done his hard yards and has earnt the right to be bossy. However it did turn out to be a good thing that he is stubborn because in the end pretending to be someone else meant he could help a family in need. I was interested to know why none of these people had ever seen the actual Ben Cartwright, but I guess the ponderosa is a big place. also loved the "love/ hate" relationship of Ben and Cactus.

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Re: Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

Post by ellen » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:59 am

I like this episode. I like to see Ben doing ranch work, instead of just signing checks. And we get a realistic idea of how a large ranch would be managed.
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Re: Episode 406 - THE SADDLE STIFF

Post by Tracy » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:01 am

This is one of my favorite episodes. I adore Buddy Ebsen, and the bits of humor throughout are a great vehicle for Lorne's and Buddy's acting abilities.
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