Hoss and the Leprechauns
-This is the title of one of most memorable
episodes (No. 146 aired 12/22/1963) on the
western adventure BONANZA/NBC/1959-73.
One day, Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) tries to
rescue of a little man in a green suit who was
being being pursued by a bear. The little man
disappears but left in his place some very
small tools and a strongbox full of gold.
When Hoss tells his family he suspects the little
green man may be a leprechaun, his brothers,
Little Joe (Michael Landon) and Adam (Pernell
Roberts) break into laughter.
Later, that night
the strongbox is retrieved by a gaggle of little
green men who break into the Cartwright's home.
The next day patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne
Green) and Hoss go to town to report the crime
to the sheriff.
Unfortunately, an Irishman in town, convinces
the good folks of Virginia City, Nevada that the
little green men are real, and suddenly the
Ponderosa homestead is overrun with gold seekers
and leprechaun hunters in search of a quick
The little men, of course, turned out to be
runaway circus performers who were living in the
woods and looking to start a new life of their
own. The gold in the strongbox was their
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