The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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It Takes a Smart Man 

Tulsa Red arrives at the ranch asking Big John for $5000. When he refuses, Tulsa threatens to kill Buck the next time he comes to Tucson. Big John decides to pay but when Buck learns about it, he retrieves the money in spite of the threat.


Leon Benson


Jack B. Sowards


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Episode cast overview:
Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon
Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon
Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya
Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon
Richard Bradford ... Tulsa Red
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro
Don Collier ... Sam Butler
Carle Bensen Carle Bensen ... Banker
Wes Bishop Wes Bishop ... Carter
Garry Walberg ... Bartender
Sam Javis Sam Javis ... Young Man


Manolito spots a man being chased by a band of Apaches. He joins the man to help him but is told his help is unneeded. As the battle continues Manolito notices the man has disappeared and suddenly the gunfire is gone as he finds all the Apaches dead. Later, the man arrives at the High Chaparral looking for Big John while ordering Buck to tend to his horse. He is a gunfighter Tulsa Red Big John saved as a witness at his trial who now wants $5000 which Big John refuses. To force his hand, Tulsa threatens to kill Buck the next time he steps into Tucson unless he is paid. Buck leaves with the hands to work on the ranch but Big John with Manolito goes to Tucson where he borrows the money to "loan" to Tulsa Red. When Buck hears what Big John did, he goes alone to retrieve the money from Tulsa. He tells Tulsa he can find him in the saloon the next day at Tucson. Buck returns the money to Big John who has the men stay out of the argument. Tulsa arrives to confront Buck at the saloon, however,... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 October 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tuksa Red
20 February 2016 | by davidkane-90813See all my reviews

Not a fan of the show except for this episode because it stars the elusive much wasted talent of the great Richard Bradford as 'Tulsa Red' last seen in the now cult British ITC series 'Man in a suitcase ' brilliant realistic cool actor doing what he did best playing a hard case tough nut. He seemed to disappear after 'man in a suitcase ' then reappear in this. And cropped up from time to time in small cameos in film and TV. what a shame great actor. He definitely missed his way should have been a top star. interesting interview with him from 2005 recalling the making of 'man in a suitcase '. Explaining his disdain for Hollywood very interesting straight talking man. well worth a watch. David Roberts.

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