|1.05 Shadows on the Land John, Buck|
John Cannon needs cattle from Mexican ranchers for his Army beef contract, but finds the frightened men are being forced to sell at cheap prices to a ruthless cattle buyer.
Produced by Buck Houghton
Directed by William F. Claxton
Written by Ken Pettus
Original Broadcast: October 15, 1967
Story Line: When John offers them higher prices, the ranchers refuse to sell because Dolf Tanner has threatened to kill them if they do. John and brother Buck try to force the ranchers to sell by refusing them watering rights, as they drive their herds toward Tanner. But Tanner strikes back by giving Apaches new rifles and urging them to kill the Cannon herds.
Character Highlights: An important and complex episode of character dynamics. John is struggling to accept Victoriaís place in his life while letting go of Annalee. Buck is closely partnered with John throughout the episode, supporting him within the family and backing him up when they face outsiders. Has an excellent town scene where John and Buck are truly partners who anticipate and back up each otherís moves seamlessly. Mano has difficulty accepting the harsh edicts of "Mr. Cannon" and commiserates with Blue about their common issues with unsympathetic, driven fathers. John yells at Victoria for trying to help without consulting him, but when Mano berates John for it she turns on Mano. Buck plays the role of mediator throughout, confronting John directly at Annaleeís grave when John says he regrets his marriage. The famous wind chime scene with Vaquero is here where John finally moves toward letting Annalee go by allowing the chimes to be removed. All the bunk house boys are involved in this episode and they do get some good lines. Sam to Ira when they are pinned down from two directions: "Ira, what the devil are we doiní here?" Ira: "I donít know pard, but Iíll see you later." After they dash to a new hiding spot, Reno dives for cover and Ira says to him flatly, "Find your own rock."
Buck is now on Rebel, Blue has Soapy, and John is riding Billy. Mano is still on Diablo.
Complete Episode Synopsis
Production Manager: Kent McCray
Music by Harry Sukman; Theme by David Rose
Director of Photography: Harkness Smith, A.S.C.
Color Consultant: Edward P. Ancona
Unit Production Manager: Andrew J. Durkus
Assistant Director: Ray de Camp
Stunt Coordinator: Henry Wills
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, McClure Capps
Sidney Levin, A.C.E.
Set Decoration: Robert Benton, Bill F. Calvert
Post Production Co-ordinator: Bill Wistrom
Casting: Russell Trost
Sound Recording: Joe Edmondson, Joel Moss
Make-up Supervision: Wally Westmore, S.M.A.
Hair Style Supervision: Nelly Manley, C.H.S.
Titles by Cinefx
Location Scenes filmed at Old Tucson, Tucson, Arizona
Filmed at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California
of this material, including the Story Line descriptions, comes
from The High Chaparral Press Kit released in 1971. The
Character Highlights were written by Charlotte Lehan. The Episode
Synopses were written by members of the HC Discussion Group and are attributed
at the end of each one.
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