The High Chaparral, a Western television series, premièred on September 10, 1967. The series starred Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell and was made by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC Productions. It was created by David Dortort, who had previously created the hit series Bonanza. The theme song was written and conducted by Bonanza composer David Rose. A total of 98 episodes were produces during a 4 seasons run from 1967 to 1971.
The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in Arizona in the 1870s. Big John (Leif Erickson) wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck (Cameron Mitchell) and son Billy Blue (Mark Slade). When Blue's mother (Joan Caulfield) is killed John united his family with the powerful Montoyas by marrying their daughter Victoria (Linda Cristal), whose brother Manolito (Henry Darrow) now lives with them as well...
|The Main Cast|
- Leif Erickson as “Big” John Cannon
- Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon
- Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya
- Linda Cristal as Victoria Cannon
- Mark Slade as Billy Blue Cannon
- Don Collier as Sam Butler
- Robert F. Hoy as Joe Butler
- Roberto Contreras as Pedro
- Ted Markland as Reno
- Golden Globe (USA) for Best TV Actress – Drama: Linda Cristal (1970)
- Bambi (Germany) for TV Series International: Henry Darrow, Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Mark Slade, Linda Cristal