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Bonanza episode
“The Dream Riders”
Season 2, Episode 32
#64 in Series
Air date May 20, 1961
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by James Van Wagoner

Jack McClain

Directed by Robert Altman
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Secret
Next Episode:
Elizabeth, My Love
External links
The Dream Riders on IMDb


Hoss gets diverted by a hot air balloon while a family friend robs the Virginia City bank.


Ben welcomes an old Army friend, Major Cayley, to the Ponderosa. Ben will allow Major Cayley to use the Ponderosa as the site of his latest hot air balloon experiments. His goal is to develop an airship that can cross the ocean. Hoss is enthralled with the idea of flying in the air balloon.

Unknown to Ben, Major Cayley sent his two companions, Sargeant Hines and Private Kingsley, ahead to Carson City. The plan is to rob the bank in town using the balloon flight out on the Ponderosa as a diversion. Major Cayley plans to use that money to develop a fleet of airships.

To complicate matters, the major's daughter, Diana Cayley, arrives in town from back east. She knows her father is AWOL from the Army, but has no idea about his outlandish plan.


The Cartwrights


  • Burt Douglas: Private Bill Kingsley
  • Diana Millay: Diana Cayley
  • Jonathan Hole: Hershell
  • Sidney Blackmer: Major John F. Cayley
  • Stuart Nisbet: Sergeant Hines


Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Der Mann, der fliegen wollte", meaning "The Man, Who Would Fly".
  • This was director Robert Altman's favorite of the episodes he directed for Bonanza. He and star Dan Blocker became close friends, a friendship that only ended with Blocker's untimely death.


"I'm a lover, not a flyer."
Joseph Cartwright[src]



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