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Date Posted: 09:31:16 07/27/16 Wed
Author: Cherrie
Subject: Michael carrying Pernell

In the episode about Cochise, how do they make it look like Michael is carrying an injured Pernell? He is so much smaller. It looks like it should have been the other way around. I really like that episode.

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[> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Kathy, 16:30:22 07/28/16 Thu [1]

"The Honor of Cochise" Episode 69 credits explain Michael was so strong and athletic he could easily carry someone bigger than he. Good Episode.

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[> [> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Cherrie, 09:44:53 07/29/16 Fri [1]

WOW! It seems that Michael Landon was strong in every way. He must have been quite a man. He made such great shows. I love Little House and Highway to Heaven, such compassion he seemed to have for people. Bonanza is my favorite. I think I'm in love with all four Cartwright men. :)
Cherrie

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[> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Marty, 15:48:23 07/29/16 Fri [1]

I don't have any inside info, but I suspect they got a smaller, lighter guy for Michael to carry - safer for Mike and safer for Pernell.

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[> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Tony S, 04:18:13 07/30/16 Sat [1]

Pernell's stunt double, as I recall, was a female, Betty someone or another. I would think this was she, or another stunt double.....doubt very much it's Pernell.

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[> [> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Marty, 18:18:40 07/31/16 Sun [1]

Betty was his lighting stand-in; she didn't do his stunts. I think she fell down the stairs in the "Song in the Dark" episode, though.

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[> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- SWC, 21:11:24 08/03/16 Wed [1]

Mike was a javelin thrower and not only could have carried Pernell but probably could have thrown him a few feet.

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[> Re: Michael carrying Pernell -- Corinna, 09:23:28 05/02/17 Tue [1]

It was indeed Landon carrying Pernell Roberts. If you look at the episode descriptions on this same site, you will also find the following information: Stunt Trivia: After Adam (Pernell Roberts) is shot and wounded, Michael Landon runs over and so strongly picks him up and carries him across camera range, firing his gun, and then later a filmed cut on Stage 16 as Michael carries Adam in and sets him down at the camp, with Lorne, Dan, and guest star DeForest Kelley, a remarkable feat of strength.

Script Trivia: Because of the dangers and uncertainties of the cast doing stuntwork or not wanting to be injured NBC issued orders only stuntmen would do the stuntwork for the actors. Pernell declined and NBC would not let him pick up and carry Michael, so the script was reversed and Michael being the only actor who was a stuntman on the show was assigned the task of running over, lifting and carrying Roberts over a few cuts at the Iverson Ranch and a final cut on Stage 16 at Paramount. Michael could easily lift, hold and pick up a man larger than himself with no problem. He was a natural athlete and very strong.

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