The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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A Man to Match the Land 

Big John and Red Eagle trade brothers while Big John is allowed to round up horses on Apache land. Red Eagle's brother White Horse is a despised white man but when his Apache wife Tanea is sick, he comes for a white doctor to save her.

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A rain storm wipes out the herd of horses Big John is selling to the Army. He decides to go north into Apache lands under the control of Chief Red Eagle to gather a new herd. Although wary of the Apaches, he and a crew go there. They are met by Red Eagle who wants peace. He agrees to give Big John three days to gather horses in return for which Big John agrees to send him 10 head of cattle each month for a year. Futhermore, Red Eagle asks that they trade brothers for the three days. Buck stays with the Apache where he becomes friends with everyone including Tanea the wife of White Horse who is a white man but the adopted brother of Red Eagle. The men recognize him as Pal Morrison who is despised for standing by while a group of whites were massacred. The horse hunt is successful and peaceful. A few days later White Horse rides into the ranch wounded looking for a doctor to tend to his wife. The Cannons get a doctor who treats White Horse and is forced by Buck at gunpoint to ride to ... Written by Anonymous

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12 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jennifer Rhodes' TV debut. See more »

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FIESTA LA SIESTA
Lyrics by Joe Lubin
Music by Harry Sukman
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22 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was surprised there was no tying up of loose ends or any kind of goodbye to the characters. In that respect, it was the same as the end of Gunsmoke. It's not a bad episode, with plenty of the usual superb location photography. All the main players were on top form. I wonder how sad they must have felt after four years in the saddle. For Henry Darrow and Leif Erickson the series was something of a high point in their careers. It was also good to see western stalwart Myron Healey in a small part, one of an amazing 316 credits, mostly in TV westerns and features.

I for one remember The High Chaparral with affection. Here in the UK it was one of the first TV westerns broadcast in colour and the episodes helped establish the fledgling BBC2 channel. For some reason many of the Gunsmokes were not broadcast until years later. Long live The High Chaparral!


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