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The High Chaparral 

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The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s.


David Dortort
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
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
Bob Hoy ...  Joe Butler 62 episodes, 1967-1971
Roberto Contreras ...  Pedro 60 episodes, 1967-1971


The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son Billy Blue. When Blue's mother was killed (in the first episode) John united his family with the powerful Montoyas by marrying their daughter Victoria (whose brother Manolito now lives with them as well). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Did You Know?


Roberto Contreras (Pedro) and Frank Silvera (Don Sebastian Montoya) appeared in "The Magnificent Seven" film franchise. Contreras in The Magnificent Seven (1960) as a villager (uncredited), and Silvera as "Lobero" in Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969). See more »


Billy Blue Cannon: I need all the rest I can get, Uncle Buck
Buck Cannon: When I was your age, Blue, the word 'rest' hadn't been invented.
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Referenced in Girls on Top: Skankin' (1985) See more »

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My favorite TV western
13 November 2003 | by tom_jeffordsSee all my reviews

I remember The High Chaparral from when I was a child and rediscovered it as an adult from reruns. What is most noticeable about THC as opposed to other TV westerns are two things; it was actually filmed outdoors instead of on a soundstage, unlike large chunks of other TV westerns such as Rawhide and Gunsmoke and especially The Big Valley. Because of this the show and the actors have an authentic dirty and sweaty look to them appropriate to the period and place. I mean hey, cattle ranching in Arizona now is hard, sweaty and dirty, think about how is was before running water. The other thing I liked about it is that not only did the recurring characters not always get along, some of them flat out just didn't like each other. Kind of like in the real world and unlike other TV westerns. These distinctive features along with superb acting, writing, and technical work (just watching the shows makes me want to sweat) adds to up to one heck of a show.

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10 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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