The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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John Cannon's family arrives at a ranch near Tuscon, Ariz. His wife names it High Chaparral. They learn they have two enemies. He hires ranch hands, recovers his cattle, but loses his wife to an Apache arrow.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Cannon (credit only)
Annalee Cannon
Robert F. Hoy ...
Joe Butler (as Bob Hoy)
Roberto Contreras ...
Jerry Summers ...
Ted Markland ...
Erin O'Donnell ...
Mike De Anda ...
Evelyn King ...


Big John Cannon has brought his wife, son, and brother to a new ranch near Tuscon, Arizona. His brother Buck is brash while son Blue is shy. As they approach the ranch they see Apaches burning a nearby ranch and carrying off the children as captives. Their ranch buildings are unharmed due to the Army protecting them but Lt. Ellis recommends they leave for their safety. Big John ignores the advice sending Buck to Tuscon with Blue to bring back a crew to work and protect the ranch. Contrary to orders Buck goes drinking to select the men he wants. At the ranch John learns a Mexican bandit not Apaches has stolen his cattle. After the drunk buck returns, they go after the cattle taking them back by holding up the thieves as they camp with a warning future cattle rustlers will be hung. As they return Annalee meets John and decides to name the ranch High Chaparral. That night while John, Buck and Blue patrol for Apaches, Annalee is killed by an Apache arrow as she hears children crying in ... Written by Anonymous

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10 September 1967 (USA)  »

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[Annalee gazes at the desert vista]
Annalee Cannon: Isn't it beautiful, John? It should have a name.
Big John Cannon: You name it.
Annalee Cannon: What is that bush called - that green one?
Big John Cannon: Chaparral.
Annalee Cannon: That's it - Chaparral. I christen thee "The High Chaparral" - the greatest cattle ranch in the whole territory... the whole world!
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Pilot (part 1)
23 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

First part of the Pilot, which you really have to watch in order to understand everything that is going to happen in the next episodes. John Cannon, his brother Buck, son Billy Blue and wife Annalee arrive in the Arizona Territory after they have traveled a thousand miles to get there. We get a good insight of the characters from the very beginning. Big John Cannon, a harsh, tough man, determined to tame the country even if it kills him, and thinks his son needs to be toughened up. Billy Blue, his sensitive son, for whom it is impossible to understand his father, full of compassion, always willing to help. Buck, John's brother, who often acts as an intervenor between John and Blue, he's a fighting, drinking man with a hard of gold. John's sensitive wife Annalee.

The bunkhouse boys are recruited in this episode as well. Sam, Joe, Pedro, Reno and Ira join the family at the ranch, where we also see Vaquero for the first time.

Action, drama, humor, everything is present in this episode. Very funny scene when Buck tries to introduce Blue to a saloon girl.

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