Episode 165 - THE DARK PAST

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Episode 165 - THE DARK PAST

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Date: May 3, 1964

Summary: Bounty hunter Dev Farnum searches for Pete Burnside. His wife Holly hides at the Ponderosa and is met by Dev.

Written by: William Bruckner
Directed by: Murray Golden
Guest Stars: Dennis Hopper as Dev Farnum, Susan Seaforth as Holly Burnside, Jim Bole as Peter Burnside

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Post by ellen » Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:19 am

I always liked the performance by Dennis Hopper in this episode. Very subtle. I guess this shows how good an actor he is, because he has certainly been in some non-subtle roles! Probably one of the biggest names to appear on the show!

As for "Holly" (Susan Seaforth), I did a little sleuthing today and found some interesting trivia: Susan (born 1943, age 73) is married to Bill Hayes (born 1925, aged 92), so she now goes by Susan Seaforth Hayes. They were one of the first "power couples" in soap operas.

And Bill Hayes performed original version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" heard on Walt Disney's television show. He's still alive and based on this video is still in great shape:
At the beginning, at around 14 seconds, you can see Susan seated to his right. She looks pretty good too!
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Post by PJudith » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:34 pm

Yes, an underrated episode.

I was very familiar with Susan Seaforth Hayes because I used to watch my grandmother's soap with her when I was a kid, Days of Our Lives. Mrs. Hayes portrayed Julie Olson Banning Anderson Williams. Bill Hayes was Doug Williams, her husband.

When I saw this episode in syndication I thought, 'Hey Julie!"

Susan and Bill Hayes met while appearing on Days of our Lives, DOOL to its fans! They played star crossed lovers and their TV wedding was huge. The couple has their own night club act. At least they had one for years.

They were the first "soap" couple to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. It was back in the late seventies in an article about daytime drama. The cover title was "Sex and Suffering in the Afternoon."

I was curious to see it again, so I googled it. You can find the cover from January 12, 1976. Bill Hayes is in the background and his wife is in the foreground wearing a low cut red dress with a suitably anguished and suffering expression on her face. Very soapy!
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Post by daisy60 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:37 pm

Dennis did a great job, especially the scene where he talks about his family being massacred. Wow! Bill Hayes looks terrific for a man of 92!

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Post by Julianna » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:55 pm

ellen, thanks so much for sharing the tonight show moment... very cool!

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Post by January » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:45 pm

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Post by PJudith » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:57 pm

Beautiful couple, and still together after all these years!

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Re: Episode 165 - THE DARK PAST

Post by flabirder » Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:41 pm

There is one thing that really bothers me about this episode & I know it's one reason Pernell wanted to leave. After the Cartwrights find Holly's father, he has been shot & is near death, however, Adam, Hoss, and Joe do nothing until after Pete dies & Ben tells them to get the sheriff. Why did 3 grown men have to wait for their father to tell them to get the sheriff? It's a recurring theme throughout the series & drives me nuts.

Dennis Hopper did a great job as Dev. He was a very talented actor & very believeable in that roll.
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Re: Episode 165 - THE DARK PAST

Post by daisy60 » Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:19 pm

flabirder wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:41 pm
There is one thing that really bothers me about this episode & I know it's one reason Pernell wanted to leave. After the Cartwrights find Holly's father, he has been shot & is near death, however, Adam, Hoss, and Joe do nothing until after Pete dies & Ben tells them to get the sheriff. Why did 3 grown men have to wait for their father to tell them to get the sheriff? It's a recurring theme throughout the series & drives me nuts.

Dennis Hopper did a great job as Dev. He was a very talented actor & very believeable in that roll.



I agree with you that three grown men could have thought to get a Dr. without waiting for their pa to tell them to. It makes them look a bit dimwitted. I know Pernell hated having to ask pa's permission to do anything. I agree, Dennis Hopper was terrific in this, especially when he was telling how he witnessed his family being killed by Indians. :sob

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