The third of the "Ben Cartwright's Wives" trilogy (his marriages to first wife Elizabeth and second wife Inger were recounted in 1961 and 1962, respectively), "Marie, My Love" originally aired on February 10, 1963. While his son Joe hovers between life and death after suffering a fall, Ben Cartwright recalls his years with Joe's mother, New Orleans belle Marie (Felicia Farr), and also recalls the scandal which nearly tore the couple asunder. Also appearing are Eduard Franz as Marius and George Dolenz as Marcy. The script, by Anthony Lawrence and Anne Howard Bailey, provides a satisfactory resume of the eventful life and untimely demise of Marie Cartwright, even though certain "facts" do not jibe with those set forth in previous Bonanza episodes.
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