Buck knowingly hires a gunman Johnny Rondo and his son to work at the ranch. Johnny has given up his guns and is taking his son to California. However, three men catch up with them and want revenge for the death of their young brother.





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Episode cast overview:
Johnny Rondo
Dan Rondo
Jed Tate
Mel Gallagher ...
Jason Tate
Wayne Storm ...
Joshua Tate
Patrick Sullivan Burke ...
Charlie McKendrick (as Jim Nolan)
Joe Butler (as Bob Hoy)


Gunman Johnny Rondo and son Dan arrive in Tucson on the way to California looking for odd jobs. Johnny is half Indian so a rancher refuses to hire him but Buck who knows who he is hires him for the High Chaparral and allows Dan to stay with him. Due to tight quarters in the bunk house Dan stays in the guest room at the ranch house. Johnny is a good hand and even Dan does the job of a man. When Dan turns seventeen, Johnny gives him a watch his dad gave him with pictures of Johnny's wife and mother. What Dan really wants is a gun and learn how to use it but Johnny refuses to allow it. Seeing the job Dan does, Big John starts paying Dan his own salary which Dan uses to buy a gun to the dismay of his father. Only Blue is willing to go against Johnny's wishes and teaches Dan how to shoot. The three Tate brothers who are on Johnny's trail and want revenge for the death of their young brother find Johnny at Tucson. Johnny has to take them on as Big John helps stop Dan by drugging him. Buck ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 February 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Most of the historical facts in the plot are relayed to the viewer by the singing of the song "The Guns of Johnny Rondo" at different points in the show which tells why Johnny became a gunman and is on the run. See more »


Sung by Faron Young
Words and Music by Joe Lubin, Gerry Day, Harry Sukman
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a vivid childhood memory
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the episodes of "High Chaparral" I recall watching when I was a kid, and believe me I think I saw all of them, this particular episode still lives in my memory. There was a great ballad of the Johnny Rondo character sung throughout the episode reminding western fans of the elegiac songs from movie westerns of the 50s. I had forgotten Steve Forrest was the actor who portrayed Johnny Rondo, but I always thought this was one of the best individual western episodes I'd seen. The series itself was one of my all-time favorite westerns and it galls me to have it lumped into the "Bonanza" knockoff criticisms, especially when the same folks produced this show. I actually liked this show better than "Bonanza" because the conflict in the family often made you believe (and this was back when few characters were ever killed off in a TV show) there was serious jeopardy involved in every episode. The theme song may have well been one of the last great theatrical-sounding television themes and is surely a classic of its type.

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