Show Type: Western

First Telecast: September 10, 1967

Last Telecast: September 10, 1971

Broadcast History:

September 1967 - September 1968, Sunday 10:00-11:00 on NBC

September 1968 - December 1970, Fridays 7:30-8:30 on NBC

February 1971 - September 1971, Fridays 7:30-8:30 on NBC


Big John Cannon..... Leif Erickson

Buck Cannon..... Cameron Mitchell

Billy Blue Cannon (1967-1970)..... Mark Slade

Manolito Montoya..... Henry Darrow

Victoria Cannon..... Linda Cristal

Don Sebastian Montoya (1967-1970)..... Frank Silvera

Sam Butler..... Don Collier

Reno (1967-1970)..... Ted Markland

Pedro (1967-1970)..... Roberto Contreras

Joe..... Robert Hoy

Wind (1970-1971)..... Rudy Ramos


High Chaparral was the name given to the ranch owned and operated by the Cannon family in the Arizona Territory during the 1870's.

Stubborn, determined Big John Cannon was the patriarch of the family, and his driving ambition to establish a flourishing cattle empire in the rugged, Indian-infested Arizona Territory was the thrust of the entire show.

His younger brother, Buck, was a good-natured carouser who could outdrink, outshoot, outfight, and when properly motivated, outwork any man alive - with the possible exception of his brother. John's son, Billy Blue, was a young man in his 20's whose mother was killed by an Apache arrow in the first episode of the series. After his first wife's death, Big John married Victoria, daughter of Don Sebastian Montoya and heiress to his extensive cattle holdings. Her brother, Manolito, accompanied her to the Cannon ranch and became a permanent member of the household. Sam was the foreman, while Reno, Pedro, and Joe were ranch hands.

The marriage of John and Victoria also united the Cannons and the Montoyas in their efforts to tame the land. Family differences, the conflicts between the Mexicans and the Americans, and the ever-present threats from rustlers and renegade Indians all provided material for the stories in the series.

A number of cast changes occurred in the program's last season. The character of Billy Blue Cannon was dropped. Frank Silvera, who played Victoria's father, had died and his character was written out of the show by having Don Sebastian also pass away. Added to the cast was Wind, a half-breed youth who became a member of the Cannon household after helping Big John avoid a major disaster during a roundup.