The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

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    • The High Chaparral (1967-1971)



      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Big John, aided by brother Buck and son Billy Blue, are
      the Cannon family who run the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s.
      Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility.
      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)
      Edited by ethanedwards

      Series Cast
      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 (97 episodes, 1967-1971)
      Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon (80 episodes, 1967-1970)
      Don Collier ... Sam Butler / ... (62 episodes, 1967-1971)
      Robert F. Hoy ... Joe Butler (62 episodes, 1967-1971)
      Roberto Contreras ... Pedro (59 episodes, 1967-1971)
      Ted Markland ... Reno (35 episodes, 1967-1969)
      Rodolfo Acosta ... Vaquero (22 episodes, 1967-1969)
      Jerry Summers ... Ira (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
      Frank Silvera ... Don Sebastian Montoya (14 episodes, 1967-1970)
      also, many more, including
      Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez,Paul Fix, Ricardo Montalban

      Series Directed
      Richard Benedict (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
      William Witney (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
      William Wiard (4 episodes, 1970)
      and many more....

      Filming Locations
      Billie Burke home, Tarrytown, New York, USA
      Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA
      San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Western TV Classics- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring
      Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971.
      The series, made by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC Productions,
      was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit Bonanza for the network.
      The theme song was also written and conducted by Bonanza scorer David Rose,
      who also scored the two-hour pilot.

      Great family seriies, well acted and well scripted.
      Leif Erickson, as Big John,
      and a superb Cameron Mitchell,
      as probably one of the most memorable characters, in westerns
      Uncle Buck!!! We all remember him!!
      WOW, what about Linda Cristal,
      boy wasn't she something special,
      well for the men folk members, I guess!

      The High Chaparral was Dortort's brainchild, and he left the day-to-day running of Bonanza in the spring of 1967 so he could focus all of his energies on The High Chaparral. After the show's cancellation in 1971, Dortort did not return to Bonanza, but retired instead. When David Dortort was casting The High Chaparral in 1967, Nino Cochise asked for the part of Cochise. Nino was the grandson of the Cochise of the Apache wars. Born in 1874, Nino was 92 years old at his casting call, missing one leg, and needed to be helped into and out of the saddle; but he won the role.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      Loved the show. The first time I got to watch it was when I was in the hospital back about 1885 w/ Double Pneumonia. It was shown every day just before Alias Smith and Jones and the Barbara Stanwyck series that I can't think of the name to.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      This is the best site I've found for one of my favorite TV Westerns.

      Buried within the site is a link purporting to be an explanation from some lawyer in which he says "when, not if" the copyright issues are resolved, we'll have DVDs of the show. Well, that little speech was made in 2006 and we still ain't got DVDs of this great Western.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: New DVD Releases

      I can't believe it - those idiots in Hollyweird are finally going to release one of my all-time favorite Westerns on DVD. I've been waiting for this for many years. A funny yet sad tale of the passing of the Old West.

      Now if they'd just get around to releasing "High Chaparral", my Western collection would be pretty well complete.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      this is one of my favourite western had everything,good story lines,good cast and good my opinion it was a better series than bonanza.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      ringo kid wrote:

      in my opinion it was a better series than bonanza.

      Almost every television series I've ever watched had both good episodes and lousy episodes, including "High Chaparral" and "Bonanza".

      Usually, the writers for TV series run out of ideas and the longer a series runs, the worse the episodes get. For instance, when "Miami Vice" first came on the air, it quickly became one of my all-time favorite cop shows. I thought Don Johnson was about the coolest dude who ever carried a badge. But by the 4th or 5th season, the episodes were so bad I stopped watching it. And although I've bought the entire series on DVD, my mind hasn't changed.

      I think the only TV series I ever liked from beginning to end, without exception, was "Police Story" another cop show that began back in the Seventies and that was inspired by Joseph Wambaugh, the former LA cop who became a fairly prominent author. He wrote "The New Centurions", which was also made into a movie starring George C. Scott.

      Let's face it, the "Gunsmokes" and "Bonanzas" are few and far between.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      I was hooked on HC at the beginning, but I stopped watching it toward the end. Loved the cast tho-never was a fan of Leif Erickson til I saw him on this, and he did a great job, as did the rest of the cast.

      On the other hand, Miami Vice never appealed to me-seemed a complete ripoff of the Nick Nolte/Eddie Murphy "48 hours" characters and I just couldn't get past that.

      Police Story was undeniably one of TVs greats. Wish they'd rerun it-
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- The High Chaparral (1967-1971)

      never liked mami vice,just could'nt get into it.the high chapperal had better production value's and 90% of it was done on location.with bonanza most af it was done on a soundstage.the production is not as good as the high chapperal.

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