Mistakes of an inexperienced eastern bank clerk who attempts to settle on a ramshackle ranch near the Cannon family threaten to wipe out the cattle industry of the territory.
Produced by Buck Houghton
Directed by Richard Sale
Written by Steven Thornley
Originally Broadcast: November 5, 1967
Story Line: Creed and Meg Hallock make repeated mistakes trying to establish their ranch. Against his better judgment, John Cannon allows Buck to give the Hallocks assistance with help from Blue and Manolito. Creed buys a non-existent herd and is swindled again when he innocently purchases diseased Mexican cattle. John ruins the greenhorn financially when he must order the cattle killed before they can infect other animals.
Character Highlights: This episode centers around Buck’s obvious, though never openly expressed, feelings for Meg. Victoria recognizes Buck’s conflicts over his feelings even before he does. An important character element throughout this episode is the interaction between Buck and John. While John is his usual gruff and unsympathetic self, Buck almost playfully teases him into going along with his plan until John begrudgingly agrees. John chastises Buck for the plan’s failure and urges him to give up on the Hallocks but Victoria steps in to take Buck’s side. When Buck thanks her for siding with him, Victoria lights into Buck about some minor infraction, so she does not appear too aligned with Buck in front of her husband. Buck’s desire to help comes up against John’s practicality again, but even without direct confrontation from Buck, John gives in a second time out of regard for his brother’s feelings. When they must destroy the Hallock’s diseased cattle, however, there is never any question that Buck supports John in the decision. Buck’s most direct confrontation with John occurs when Meg has left her husband and John is congratulating her. Almost under his breath, Buck says, "Shut up, John" and John immediately backs down. In spite of his feelings for Meg, Buck does the right thing by saving her husband from himself and encouraging their reunion. Mano and Blue play relatively minor roles here, but it is worth noting that this is the first episode where Mackadoo, Mano’s permanent mount appears, although we see him only briefly in the opening.
Production Manager: Kent McCray
Music by Harry Sukman; Theme by David Rose
Director of Photography: Harold Stine, A.S.C.
Color Consultant: Edward P. Ancona
Unit Production Manager: Andrew J. Durkus
Assistant Director: Sherry Shourds
Stunt Coordinator: Henry Wills
Story Editor: Ward Hawkins
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, McClure Capps
Marvin Coil, 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
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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