The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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The Arrangement 

John and Buck go south to strike a deal with Montoya. They encounter the man who stole John's horse and says he can take them to Montoya. He turns out to be Montoya's delinquent son and John gets his deal along with a new bride to seal it.


William F. Claxton


David Dortort (story), Denne Bart Petitclerc (teleplay & story)




Episode cast overview:
Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon
Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon
Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon
Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya
Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon
Frank Silvera ... Don Sebastian Montoya
Don Collier ... Sam Butler
Rodolfo Acosta ... Vaquero
Bob Hoy ... Joe Butler
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Ira
Ted Markland ... Reno
X Brands ... Nock-Ay-Del
Jorge Moreno Jorge Moreno ... Chico
Rico Alaniz ... Ricardo


Big John and Buck arrive to a saloon at the Mexican side of the border. They have come to get in touch with Don Sebastian Montoya, but don't know how. The only other guest in the saloon happens to be the Mexican man who saved Big John's life. He is now presented to them as Manolito. Some Mexican bandits enter the saloon, capture Manolito and intend to kill him, but Big John and Buck knock them down. Manolito brings Big John and Buck to Don Sebastian, who reveals to them that Manolito is his son. Big John proposes an agreement between him and Don Sebastian, whereby they can support each other in the war against the Apaches. Don Sebastian agrees if Big John marries his daughter Victoria as a security measure. When Big John returns to the High Chaparral together with Victoria, Blue is upset by finding a new wife at his father's side. The Apaches attack the ranch, but are defeated after a bloody fight. A wounded Apache is cared for by Victoria, and when he leaves some days later, Big John... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Release Date:

10 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Good start for the series
15 September 2012 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Big John Cannon enters into a marriage of convenience with the daughter of a powerful Mexican cattle baron in order to cement an alliance against rampaging Apaches. Cannon's young son Billy, still grieving over the death of his mother who was killed by Apaches, resents his new stepmother but resents his father even more for getting married "before my ma is even cold in her grave". As if Big John didn't have enough trouble, he learns that Apache chief Cochise is about to lead an attack against his ranch.

This second part of the series' two-part pilot serves as a good introduction to the series. Linda Cristal is fine as the beautiful patrician daughter Victoria Montoya who is Cannon's new wife, Cameron Mitchell is in his element as Buck, Big John's raucous and rambunctious brother. Mark Slade overdoes it a bit as the headstrong but sensitive young Billy, but the climactic Apache attack on the ranch is exciting and well-done. Overall, a very worthy effort.

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