Silent Thunder Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #13
Bonanza is an NBC network Western television show that portrays the life of the Cartwrights while addressing problems and social issues experienced by the family and their surrounding community. John Furia, Jr. wrote the forty-fifth episode, Silent Thunder, which premiered on December 10, 1960. It was only the first among the several episodes Robert Altman directed for the show.
Albert Salmi and Stella Stevens are the special guest stars for this episode. Stella portrayed Ann Croft, a sheltered deaf and mute girl. Joe Cartwright tries to teach Ann sign language, but the girl’s overprotective father prevents this from happening. As seen throughout the episode, Ann “falls in love” with Joe. Later, she also saves her father.
Apart from the special guest stars, actors like Kenneth McKenna, James Griffith, Sherwood Price, and Harry Swoger also appeared in the episode.
Read the plotline of Silent Thunder, including some interesting trivia, or watch the full episode below.
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Silent Thunder, the thirteenth episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured one-time guest actors in addition to the lead and recurring cast. The actors that appeared in the episode are as follows:
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright (credit only)
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright (credit only)
- Albert Salmi as Albie
- Stella Stevens as Ann ‘Annie’ Croft
- Kenneth MacKenna as Sam Croft
- James Griffith as Preacher
- Sherwood Price as Eb
- Harry Swoger as Tom
- Michael Harris as Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
- Michael Jeffers as Townsman (uncredited)
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En route to Placerville, Little Joe finds Albie teasing a deaf and mute lady named Ann “Annie” Croft. He stops Albie, a simple-minded trapper obsessed with Annie, then accompanies her back to her home. Joe drops by to deliver the gun barrel to Annie’s father, Sam, along with a present she got for Annie. However, Sam thinks it’s no use bringing her a present since she can’t hear or talk. Joe gives the gift anyway, and Annie’s expression shows she loves the rag doll he gave.
Joe helps move the rest of Sam’s sheep before going to Placerville. He sits by Annie for a moment, where they watch their reflection by a small body of water. The two enjoy each other’s company, but Joe wishes for them to understand each other better.
Annie was looking for something to replace the missing eye of her rag doll after Albie got the button attached to it. However, Sam finds Annie holding his money pouch, thinking the present she received has corrupted Annie. She whips her palm twice, then prompts her never to do it again.
Joe returns to Annie to show the sign-language book he got from a doctor in Placerville. After mastering a few basics, Joe begins teaching Annie how to communicate through their hands. It was hard at first, but she quickly grasped what Joe meant after a while.
Annie and Joe go to Sam to show there’s still hope for Annie to communicate with people around her. However, Sam thinks it’s a foolish idea, thinking Annie’s just waving her hands around. Joe insists that Annie understands and that it’s best to consult the doctor to see what else they can do to help Annie. Although hesitant at first, Sam obliges.
The next day, Annie, Sam, and Joe visit Placerville to see the doctor. However, two men made fun of them, causing Sam to regret going to town and listening to Joe.
Sam returns to their house to see Albie harassing Annie. Albie argued that Sam never drove Joe off, to which Sam replied that Joe’s teaching Annie to talk. Before leaving, Albie states that Joe won’t marry anyone like Annie.
As the weeks go by, Annie quickly grasps the lessons that Joe teaches her. However, Joe finds difficulty in explaining the meaning of love. He attempts to use Ann’s love for her father and vice versa as an example. However, Ann misinterprets it, resulting in her revealing her feelings for Joe. She kisses Joe, but Joe gets enraged, insisting that they don’t love each other. Joe quickly apologizes, but Ann is already disturbed to see Joe’s reaction. She tears pages from the sign language book and runs off.
Joe goes to Sam to explain what happened. However, it only upset Sam. Joe argues that instead of being stubborn, Sam should have helped him teach Annie, especially since he’s her father. Joe leaves. Unbeknownst to them, Albie was listening from outside, delighted to see Joe depart. When Sam searches for Annie, Albie pushes him off to a ravine—a part of his plan to have Annie for himself.
Little Joe returns to the Ponderosa to tell Ben about his frustration and Sam’s stubbornness, seeking advice from his father. Ben advises that Joe go back to help Ann understand that what she felt was gratitude, not love.
Meanwhile, Annie discovers her injured father, who apologizes for keeping her from the town. Sam tells Annie that he loves her before going unconscious, and Annie signs that she loves him too.
Annie returns home to find Albie waiting on her. He rips Annie’s dress, corners her then tries to harass her, but she manages to escape.
Joe finds Annie at the mountain and asks what happened. Annie tells him through sign language that her father is hurt and needs help. However, Albie catches up, and the two fight off.
Joe and Ann run, with Albie still routing them, yet Albie catches up to them. Desperate to kill Joe, Albie gets his knife and runs toward him, but Joe manages to dodge him. Albie falls over the edge of the cliff, causing his death.
In the end, Ann finally realizes that her relationship with Joe is merely friendship. She understands that she loves her father and is willing to help and care for him.
Full Script and Dialogue of Silent Thunder
[Music] [Applause] so hello [Music] [Music] don't run away now alby isn't going to hurt you you're real pretty albie wow hello there little joe well leave her alone i'll be a scarer now what are you doing up here on the mountain it's on my way to placerville come on you're hurting her oh i'm the only friend she's got up here you know annie at least why she don't give me no back talk like the other women she's not an animal in one of your traps now let her go i ain't hurting i just saying hello oh you better not hurt her not over you don't belong up here this ain't your country best you mind your own business you bother annie i'll make it my business [Music] this is my country and i'm gonna see it stays that way [Music] hey [Music] all right stop working so hard sam you got company huh sorry little joe i got to touch a fever i figured this might sweat it out of me are you feeling any better hey i brought you that gun barrel paw said you need it and i got a little present for annie wasted time bringing her anything just leave her be hey sam look she's pretend she's a tree [Music] foolishness can't hear can't talk don't understand them more than them dumb bishops no use bringing her presents little joe ah come on sam anybody understands getting a present suit yourself getting on towards dinner you're welcome to share it such as it is thank you [Music] hello i brought you a little present hey wait a second let me get it i thought i thought i'd bring it as long as i was coming it's not much it's not gonna bite you oh come on take it it's for you yeah wait a second here [Music] it's not much just just a rag doll [Music] don't worry i'm not gonna take it back [Music] [Applause] how you you go right ahead and enjoy it [Music] so long [Music] well i'll see i saw [Music] [Applause] [Music] it's good talking to you little joe man gets out of the habit with nobody around to listen why do you stay up here sam it's best well maybe it's best for you but what about annie must be something terrible wrong with a man a father a child like her killed her ma bringing her into the world i reckon it ain't too much punishment for me to raise her it's just an accident the way she was born it's not your fault no no i won't hear any more about her not from you not nobody okay sam help you move the rest of those sheep before i start after plastic [Music] all right i never knew a couple dozen sheep could be so angry almost as bad as people you that's funny you know i've been talking to you all day and i know you can't hear a word i'm saying hey what are you looking at now hey that's what i call a right pretty girl hey look over here that fella right there that's that handsome joe cartwright this guy's always watching me when i'm shaving i just can't seem to get rid of him [Music] all right what are you trying to fool me without get behind your back [Music] it's real beautiful that sure is pretty i guess you don't need to know how to talk to say everything thanks i i wish i could make you understand look look i'm trying to tell you i like it thank you [Music] oh howdy preacher well then hey it's good to see you again thank been walking in the way of the lord well i've i've been doing a lot of walking since you were up here near spring the last time you came by here no i guess it was you dropping in on sam too well you don't think i'd be swapping tails and telling news about annie she's a child of god son for all the way mater that's a fact preacher about you about time you married and raised a family isn't it plenty of unmarried girls in town town girl once said i had the smell of a trapper on me it's like meat that's not cured right you'll find the right girl soon enough come on now the word of the love will come your mind and your soul for thou rightest bitter things against me and will consume me for the sins of my youth amen i'm paying for my sins preacher hey you sam that why you always getting them children fever every man is tempted by the devil aldi [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] foreign no albie hearing the word of god is man's only salvation true preacher true if i could only read the lord's word i could bear up under his suffering yeah even if and you could read sam who would you read it to getting cramp sitting all this time i think i'll go out for a while man born of woman living a short life is filled with many miseries who will make him clean that is conceived of unclean sea [Music] [Applause] wow [Music] come on let me see if i ain't gonna take it oh it's a button huh i guess you ain't got much that's better have you huh no matter what you are you show up ready look you must get lonesome too look i'm trying just trying to be nice to you that's all come on come on i've been trapping for over a week man likes a woman i'll be waiting when he gets back come on i want to hear some sort of stick of water something come on you came here you can't talk haven't you got any feelings yeah that's not so bad now is it huh ellie where are you you're in there in that shed come on preacher i'm not finished with you yet i'll be back what are you doing in that [ __ ] albeit well i'd just help him sam catch up with his chores preacher oh that's good with you abby sam's got a lot of fever a good idea if you stop around whenever you can don't worry preacher i'm gonna be around a lot more now good [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so so what you doing here girl you should be out with a sheep what are you hiding up with it girl i want you never touch me money pouch corrupted by a present you've done an evil thing you must be punished [Music] at least if you can't hear i know you can feel i take no joy in hurting you i'm your father it's my duty to teach you right and wrong as best i can thou shalt not steal [Music] thou shalt not steal [Music] [Applause] don't look at me with them sad eyes i can't stand to see suffering written on your face and not a word coming from your tongue not even sobbing put it back so you'll remember never do it again [Music] so hey sam sam croft hey where do you see what i brought you from placerville come on all right it's really for you anyway what do you see what it is see i got to talk to this doctor in placerville and i told him all about you and he gave me this here here take it hey sam sam it's a it's a book of sign language and you can learn to talk once you once you understand these signs it's not hard either because i learned a whole bunch of them on the way out here i assure you you don't even know what i'm talking about come on come on now listen you can learn to talk and to hear just like other people only with these with your hands let me see how i'm going to do this first page now look a flower see the picture a flower just like the picture a flower you see flower this is the sign flower now you do it all right watch me once more flower just like you're smelling a real nice flower what's the matter there's nothing in my hand i'm not trying to fool you hey forget that we gotta go to another girl you girl girl cuz your cheeks real real nice and soft give me your hand just like that girl wow boy boy just just like tipping my hat my boy i could tip tip my head you don't understand are you it's gonna be a lot tougher than i thought please i can't make it any plainer i don't know why you can't understand it that's it that's it what's this for oh annie look this isn't some kind of a game i'm doing my best to teach you this sign language look i want you to be able to talk and to understand people when they talk to you can't you see that well i guess you never will you couldn't hear that of course of course you feel it here here you feel that that's what talking is feel it here feel it feel the ground look you can talk like that look see that i'm talking to you with my hands that's it that's it you understand you do understand this girl boy boy tipping your head a beautiful flower there isn't a person who can talk or hear they can ever understand the way you feel [Applause] i'm so happy great rain just just like the drops going down you want to learn it all all right you will it'll take time and it'll take work but you will you trying to tell me that there's any hope when i've lived my whole life with a weight of a pressing on me heart like a stone oh you watch sam you see for yourself now you are going to talk to your father you understand boy girl flower book that ain't talking that's just like indian sign that's right that's right only better you're a fool little joe she's just waving her arms around how do you know she understands what she's doing see for yourself she understands all right you know what them signs mean do you you girl he boy what am i what am i what am i why can't i i'm scaring her sam i tell you she does understand no no no she's not an animal sam help her bring her to town if you don't believe me let the doctor see her no doctor can give that poor girl what she was robbed of at birth she'll never change she can learn to understand but not if you don't help her not if you don't give her a chance sam look at her she's talking to you with her hands she's telling you she went out into the rain and got the book now do you believe me she's not one of your sheep sam she's your daughter so [Music] oh you wait here i'll save the docs in [Music] [Applause] [Music] ah [Music] oh your near got killed ain't that the old coot who lives up in the mountains yeah sam croft he only comes down about twice a year you know i thought he lived by himself he's been holding out on us yeah well sam crawford now where'd you get a pretty little thing right there huh you've been holding out on us sam uh what do you want tom well you went out and got yourself a little company huh she's she's my daughter who you trying to fool leave us alone so sam been treating you right hmm well what do you say i'm talking to you she she don't talk much to strangers well now how come is she too good for fellas like us yeah let me get a good look at her no i don't give me that you wanted sam well you got to come and take it uh uh please leave us alone we ain't doing you no harm i'm saying if the girl wants upon it let her ask for it real pretty like huh now i bet i can make you talk to us now leave her alone leave her alone leave alone [Music] so it's only that old mountain goat sam croft get out of here come on papi he ain't worth shooting oh we're just having a little fun you both all right well we ain't hurt good come on send the doctor's in oh we ain't going to know doctor we shouldn't have come here in the first place shouldn't have listened to you what's the matter what are you talking about we belong in the mountains me and the girl both we ain't fit for no town and the town ain't fit for us sam for once think of what's right for anne that's who i'm thinking of now get out of my way [Music] how's it coming along son you know you've been spending much more time up at the crafts these past few months than here fire just wouldn't believe it my ann's learned so much already we can carry on a regular conversation ah how's sam croft still as stubborn about it as ever that man's impossible told me he'd never let us see the doctor not ever i sure hope i can get him to change his mind joe you don't think you're uh over your head uh what do you mean well sometimes it's best not to you know push people too hard and leave well enough alone oh why should i leave him alone he's not going to help her somebody has to no no sometimes helping looks like meddling don't worry if i know the difference joe take care of yourself up there sure i will paw [Music] sam you in there [Music] so oh there you are i was awful lonely out in the traps what's that new kind of game huh you want me to play a little game with you huh i got you all alby's missed you a lot but he's gonna make it all up to oh now sammy no need to bring a gun up on me get away from her and keep away i don't see you running joe cartwright off a hill maybe you think he's a better man and i joe cartwright's teaching her to talk i'll bet you he's teaching her to talk move or i'll blow your head off all right all right sam just remember with all that money and all them girls in town joe cartwright ain't interested in marrying anyone like [Music] [Applause] annie all right last one for today it's gonna be a tough one [Music] love love your father helps you your father gives you food you live in your father's house you love your father your father loves you you're saying i could say you love flowers and you'd know that it was good i teach you to talk yeah [Music] no no no that's wrong you don't love me [Music] now that is wrong you don't love me [Music] now look you don't love me you don't love me and i don't love you [Music] i i didn't want to hurt you annie please look at [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so [Music] oh all of a sudden for no reason she should try to kiss me she tried to kiss you she did kiss me as a matter of fact i guess she got upset she ran away i should have been watching you all along you should have been watching me you should have been watching me you should have been helping me instead of being so stubborn teaching our what kissing all kinds of sin you keep away from her all right sam all right i'll keep away from her you're a father you tried teaching her for a change [Applause] [Music] goodbye little joe cartwright [Music] hey [Music] hello sam i'm looking for ann i told you i didn't like a gun thrown on me how's it feel where's anne have you gotta no i ain't gotta but i will have after you meet with an accident you see sam i'm gonna be a hero i'm gonna take care of annie after you die in an accident so you just walked out well what was i supposed to do she completely misunderstood oh and then her father i go in and i try to explain it to him and he starts like so it's accusing me of all kinds of things that's really funny he doesn't try to help her himself if you insisted on starting this you can't walk up before you finish it i understand that i'm not a little kid aren't you if you understand it and still walk out then you're just a little kid now wait a minute don't you raise your voice to me boy and don't you call me a little kid joe you opened a door to the world for this girl you let her look out for the first time uh gratitude for you must be overwhelming to say the least all right fine fine all i was trying to do was help her you can't shove someone into the water and then not wait around to see if they can swim she has a father no you started it you were the one who tampered with those two lives and you can't abandon them now what do you want me to do mario help me i don't know what to do go back no i can't i can't go back there and hurt her anymore you must make her understand that what she feels for you is gratitude not love oh she'll be hurt a little bit but you'll get over it if you don't go back she'll remain hurt forever i think i'll go for a ride i can't hardly feel nothing what's to become of you and i've kept you up here hidden ashamed me owned flesh and blood forgive me daughter if you can i love you anne i always did [Music] well i knew you'd be back sooner or later you're still playing games with me i'm gonna teach you more than joe caught right ever did you're worried about your paw your paw ain't coming back you're gonna stay with me all right now look now just take it easy you be nice to alby and alfie is going to be nice to you i'll even buy you a new dress [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] come back ain't no place to go look at me look at me what happened your father hurt needs help where he fell stay out of this card right you do this to her alby what she trying to tell you what happened to sam what are you talking about and he says sam's been hurt now don't fool with me you know she can't talk catchy alby ugh [Applause] uh [Music] [Music] uh what would the doctor say they said he'd be all right but he'll need a lot of care did you uh have you spoken to her yet about yeah good you better tell her her father would be all right your father be all right doctor says your father will be all right what what'd she say she said she'd help you take care of you she says she loves you very much [Music] joe yeah what's the sign for daughter [Music] it's easy [Applause] [Music] so [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of Silent Thunder
The episode title in German is “Zeichen in der Stille,” which translates as “A Sign In The Silence.”
Albert Salmi (Albie) makes his first four appearances in the series.
This episode marks Stella Stevens’ (Ann ‘Annie’ Croft) only appearance in the series.
Albert Salmi (who played Albie), and his wife, Roberta, were found dead on April 22, 1990, in a murder-suicide, according to police. The police believe Albert shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself.
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