The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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Buck unknowingly hires a group of Army deserters at the same time an Army patrol stops at High Chaparral documenting fights with the Apaches. When a troop takes high level Apache hostages, Cochise attacks returning the favor.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writer:

Richard Carr

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon
Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon
Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon
Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya
Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon
Warren Stevens ... Capt. Thomas Dabney
Don Collier ... Sam Butler
Rodolfo Acosta ... Vaquero
Bob Hoy ... Joe Butler
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Ira
Ted Markland ... Reno
Ron Hagerthy ... Morgan
Lane Bradford ... Gilcher
Steve Raines ... Jess
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Storyline

Buck unable to hire any locals takes on a group of men who come into Tuscon on a wagon who unknown to Buck are Army deserters and killers. While they are away from High Chaparral looking after cattle, an Army patrol led by Captain Thomas Dabney arrives documenting fights with the Apaches. Learning the new hands had been in a skirmish, Blue is sent out to retrieve them. The next day they find Blue tied up and the deserters gone. Buck and Blue try to trail them but the Apache danger stops them. An Army detail arrives at High Chaparral with Apache hostages including a high ranking woman close to Cochise. Dabney refuses to release them against John's wishes. The Apaches attack the ranch taking a soldier hostage. Sam tries to rescue a downed soldier but is captured. The two men are put on displayed along with one of the deserters. After an escaping Apache is killed, Cochise has the deserter killed. John creates a diversion while Blue frees the hostages and takes them to Cochise who allows ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The staking-out of the cowboy named "Burns" (played by an uncredited actor) in this episode, may have been the last time this particular form of torture-execution was shown in an American TV western. See more »

Goofs

When Sam leaves the saloon with Buck he's not wearing gloves, but when they get out on the sidewalk, he's wearing them. See more »

Quotes

Sam Butler: Blue?
Billy Blue Cannon: Yeah?
Sam Butler: You're a pistol, kid.
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