1.11 Mark of the
Buck, Mano, El Lobo
John Cannon risks breaking a mutual defense agreement with Victoria's father and dissolution of his marriage when his ranch hands join a posse searching for marauding bandits in Mexico.
Produced by Buck Houghton
Directed by William F. Claxton
Written by Bob and Esther Mitchell
Original Broadcast: December 10, 1967
Story Line: Marshal Virgil Shanks leads the posse into Mexico and comes into strong conflict with Buck and the Cannon cowhands when he disregards the delicacy of the situation and rides boldly onto Montoya land. Manolito finds the bandit leader, El Lobo, on his father's land and attempts to move the bandits out before the posse moves in for the kill.
Character Highlights: This is our first introduction to High Chaparralís favorite bandit, El Lobo. Also, our first real introduction to Manoís new horse, Mackadoo, who gets plenty of time in front of the camera. There are two parallel interactions going on here, one between Buck and the Marshal and one between Mano and El Lobo. Although Buck and the Marshal have a similar mission (capturing El Lobo) Buckís also includes doing it in such a way that the High Chaparralís pact with Don Sebastian (and Johnís marriage) is not put at risk. As such, Buckís is the greater burden and he is very intense, definitely in charge, and not about to back down to the Marshal. In the end they both earn each otherís respect for the dedication and skill they each demonstrate. Mano and El Lobo meanwhile are playing a game of cat and mouse with El Lobo welcoming Mano into his camp as an old friend ("Mi casa, su casa") sharing his food and his girlfriend, yet holding him hostage at the same time, and Mano eventually tricking El Lobo into a trap.
All the bunkhouse boys play significant roles in the pursuit and ensuing gun battles, with Sam also having a one-on-one confrontation and knife fight with one of the bandits. While John and Victoria are not involved in most of the story, they have some important dialogue early in the episode in which John makes clear that his support for law enforcement is more important than the ramifications of breaking the agreement with Don Sebastian Montoya. At one point Victoria says, "I am your wife John, but I am also my fatherís daughter." " I am your wife for always, but I would not want to see the husband I love, at war with the father I also love." Realizing the delicacy of the situation, Mano says to John, "Mr. Cannon I do not know if you are a fool, but if you are a fool, you are a magnificent fool." Blue does not have a significant role in this episode.
Complete Episode Synopsis
A tense moment occurs after they cross the border
when some Montoya vaqueros meet them. Buck tells Packer to act like
they are all ranch hands and threatens to shoot him if he does
otherwise. Buck is able to persuade the vaqueros that they are
chasing down some Chaparral steers that the Apache took, and the
Montoya men leave them. Packer tells Buck, "The next time you pull a
gun on me, you'd better use it."
Meanwhile, Manolito has tracked El Lobo to his camp,
and the two embrace like old friends. We learn that El Lobo and
Don Sebastian had been boys together, which would explain Don
Sebastian's protection of the bandido. After enjoying El Lobo's
hospitality, Manolito alerts him to the presence of the posse.
He tells El Lobo that there are thirty to forty men tracking
him, and tries to discourage him from fighting them.
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
Story Editor: Ward Hawkins
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, McClure Capps
Edited by Sydney Levin
|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
and Coronado National Forest, Forest Service -
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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.
Return to Home/Contents