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Release Date:
10 September 1967 (USA) See more »
The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to... See more »
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Some of the finest viewing that television has ever offered. See more (19 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 102)

Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon (97 episodes, 1967-1971)

Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon (97 episodes, 1967-1971)

Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya (97 episodes, 1967-1971)

Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon (96 episodes, 1967-1971)

Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon (80 episodes, 1967-1970)
Don Collier ... Sam Butler (63 episodes, 1967-1971)
Robert F. Hoy ... Joe Butler (63 episodes, 1967-1971)
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro (61 episodes, 1967-1971)

Series Directed by
William F. Claxton (18 episodes, 1967-1969)
Leon Benson (6 episodes, 1967-1971)
Phil Rawlins (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
Richard Benedict (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
William Witney (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Joseph Pevney (4 episodes, 1968-1970)
Don Richardson (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
William Wiard (4 episodes, 1970)
Virgil W. Vogel (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Harry Harris (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Seymour Robbie (2 episodes, 1968)
James B. Clark (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Herschel Daugherty (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Robert L. Friend (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Writing credits
Walter Black (9 episodes, 1968-1970)
Don Balluck (8 episodes, 1969-1971)
Michael Fessier (6 episodes, 1967-1969)
William F. Leicester (6 episodes, 1967-1969)
Ken Pettus (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Tim Kelly (5 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jack B. Sowards (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
Frank Chase (4 episodes, 1967-1970)
Gerry Day (4 episodes, 1969-1971)
David Dortort (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Richard Sale (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
Denne Bart Petitclerc (3 episodes, 1967)
Warren Douglas (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Irve Tunick (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Milton S. Gelman (3 episodes, 1969)
Thomas Thompson (2 episodes, 1967-1969)
Richard Carr (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Mel Goldberg (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
D.C. Fontana (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
James L. Henderson (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Alex Sharp (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
John Starr Niendorff (2 episodes, 1968)
B.W. Sandefur (2 episodes, 1968)
James Schmerer (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Clyde Ware (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
George Atkins (2 episodes, 1970)
Ramona Chase (2 episodes, 1970)

Series Produced by
David Dortort .... executive producer / producer (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
William F. Claxton .... producer (45 episodes, 1967-1969)
James Schmerer .... producer (43 episodes, 1969-1971)
Irving Elman .... supervising producer (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Buck Houghton .... producer (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Original Music by
Harry Sukman (13 episodes, 1967-1970)
Series Cinematography by
Harkness Smith (7 episodes, 1968-1970)
Kenneth T. Williams (7 episodes, 1969-1970)
Haskell B. Boggs (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Film Editing by
Jack Harnish (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Sidney Levin (3 episodes, 1967)
Archie Marshek (3 episodes, 1967)
Richard Cahoon (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Marvin Coil (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harry W. Gerstad (2 episodes, 1967)
John Woodcock (2 episodes, 1967)
George A. Gittens (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Edward Haire (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Casting by
William Maybery (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Art Direction by
George Renne (9 episodes, 1968-1970)
A. Earl Hedrick (2 episodes, 1967)
Hal Pereira (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert (7 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert R. Benton (2 episodes, 1967)
Ray Moyer (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Makeup Department
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1968-1970)
Beau Wilson .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1968-1970)
Claude Thompson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Beau Hickman .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor (2 episodes, 1967)
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 1967)
Series Production Management
Kent McCray .... production manager (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
Miles Middough .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
Andrew J. Durkus .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1968)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1968-1970)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1968)
Donald R. Daves .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1967)
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Series Sound Department
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (88 episodes, 1967-1971)
Joe Edmondson .... sound recordist (10 episodes, 1967-1970)
Joel Moss .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 1967-1970)
Series Stunts
Henry Wills .... stunt coordinator (10 episodes, 1967-1970)
Series Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (42 episodes, 1967-1971)
Milt Hamerman .... casting supervisor (7 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenita Dinneen .... costumer: women (1 episode, 1970)
Pat Kelly .... costumer: men (1 episode, 1970)
Series Editorial Department
Bill Wistrom .... post-production coordinator (81 episodes, 1967-1970)
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (9 episodes, 1967-1970)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor (8 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Music Department
David Rose .... composer: theme music (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
Series Other crew
Don Balluck .... story consultant / executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
Tim Kelly .... story consultant / story editor (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Walter Black .... story consultant / executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jon Bennett Reed .... staff associate (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Samuel Roeca .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1968)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"High Chaparral" - USA (alternative title)
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60 min (98 episodes)
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Though the series ended in 1971, you can see the Cannon ranch in a 1973 episode of Gunsmoke. The title is Matt's Love Story and there are a lot of great shots of the Cannon house and ranch.See more »
Buck Cannon:[Explaining to a cowboy why he pulled a hidden gun] I whole lot rather be watchin' them put you in the ground and have folks sayin' 'That Buck Cannon, he don't fight fair' than to have 'Here lies Buck Cannon, he fought fair' on my tombstone.See more »
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35 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Some of the finest viewing that television has ever offered., 31 July 2003
Author: Nathan Laney from Northern Cambria, PA

This television series originally aired on NBC on Friday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 PM for almost its entire run. It ran right before another one of television's greatest programs, "The Name of the Game." I used to wonder if the reason I remembered this show with such admiration was due to the age that I was when the show originally ran, but recently seeing it again, I have to say that it stayed with me so long because it's just a fantastic show.

The show is centered around the character of John Cannon, played flawlessly by Leif (pronounced "Life") Erickson, and his brother Buck, played by Cameron Mitchell. Also in the cast were Linda Cristal as John's wife Victoria, Henry Darrow as Victoria's brother Manolito, and Mark Slade playing John's son Billy Blue Cannon.

When I was just a kid in grade school, my cousins and others I knew were tuned in to ABC's Friday night line-up, which was quite popular at the time. I couldn't tear myself away from this show though, and it's difficult to explain why without revealing too much about it. Let's just say that the stories were impeccably written and directed, doing much the same thing as Bonanza would do, alternating between high drama and humor. A good example of this is an episode entitled "The Firing Wall." If you ever get to see this series, keep an eye out for that episode. My personal favorite is an episode called "Champion of the Western World." Fun episode! The casting was perfect. Every regular cast member really seemed to like the characters they were portraying. Henry Darrow was outstanding in giving his character real depth and range of emotion. Cameron Mitchell also did some really fine work in this series. In fact, when you get right down to it, they all did!

I could go on about this show by using all the known adjectives, stupendous!, wonderful!, ect..., but if you're reading this, then you probably already share a certain amount of the same enthusiasm that I have for this show. If you're reading just out of curiosity however, then if you ever get the opportunity to do so, by all means, treat yourself to one of the finest programs that television has ever offered.

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