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Bonanza episode
“Elegy for a Hangman”
Season 4, Episode 17
#117 in Series
Elegyforahangman
Air date January 20, 1963
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Shirl Hendryx

E. M. Parsons

Directed by Hollingsworth Morse
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Song in the Dark
Next Episode:
Half a Rogue
External links
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Summary[]

Adam helps an angry young man to confront the "hanging judge" who sentenced his father to death in a high-stakes miscarriage of justice.

Plot[]

Bob Jolley is an angry young man who confronts Judge "Hanging Harry" Whitaker about unjustly sentencing his father to death. An attempt on the life of the chief witness leads Adam to wonder if Bob might be right.

Powerful interests, including a senator and a railroad, seem to have wanted Bob's father dead. Adam learns that a gunman has apparently been hired to silence Bob. Adam, with the support of his brothers and his father, must defend Bob and bring the truth to light.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights

Recurring[]

Other[]

  • Bill Zuckert: Senator Cal Prince
  • Cosmo Sardo: Bartender
  • Keir Dullea: Bob Jolley
  • Kevin Hagen: Hobie Klinderman
  • Otto Kruger: Judge W.H. 'Hanging Harry' Whitaker
  • Ron Soble: Morton
  • Roy Engel: Dr. Paul Kay

Notes[]

Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Recht und Unrecht", meaning "Justice and Injustice".

Quotes[]

"Adam, you have a way of sticking your neck out for the underdog."
Ben Cartwright[src]

Gallery[]

Videos[]

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See also[]

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