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The Cartwrights care for Billy when his mother dies of pneumonia.  Unknown to him, his father is in prison.  When it is learned that the convict has escaped from prison and is headed to the Ponderosa, Billy learns the truth about his father.  Some wonderful scenes between Ben and Hoss in this episode as well.


David Ladd was born February 5, 1947.   He is the son of legendary actor Alan Ladd.  


David's earliest film credits were in his father’s films:  Shane (1953), The Big Land (1957), and The Proud Rebel (1958), for which David won a Golden Globe for best juvenile actor.


David went on to guest in numerous TV shows in the 60s and 70s including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, Family Affair, Kojak, Police Story, Emergency!, and Fantasy Island.   He was the voice of Fletcher Lynd Seagull in the film “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” 


David became a senior production executive at MGM, and the producer of several studio films including Hart’s War (2002), the critically acclaimed Word War II drama starring Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard.


As the Executive Vice President of Production for MGM, he supervised the development and production of  Get Shorty (1995), Red Corner (1997), Mulholland Falls (1996) the Cutting Edge (1992) and Untamed Heart (1993) among others.


David has been married 3 times; all marriages ended in divorce.  Second one was to actress Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels)


This episode also featured a good look at the bunkhouse attached to the kitchen.


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