Henry Silva guest-stars as a revolutionary who plans to assassinate Benito Juarez, exiled President of Mexico, on the Cannon Ranch.
Produced by William F. Claxton
Directed by Ralph Senensky
Written by William F. Leicester
Originally Broadcast: November 17, 1967
Story Line: Manolito frees his old friend Santos from a Mexican jail, where he has been imprisoned by the French as a terrorist for Juarez. Santos and his sister, Pilar, are taken to the Cannon Ranch where Victoria arranges for Juarez to plan an invasion of Mexico. Manolito learns Santos has turned traitor and plans to conquer French-ruled Mexico himself. Before Manolito can warn his friends, Santos' followers take over the ranch and prepare to kill Juarez upon his arrival.
Lalo Rios as 1st Bandit
|Three actors were credited as bandits, but they appear only in rather dark conditions. The three are pictured here individually and in a group on horseback, but I don't know which is which. They include Lalo Rios, Walt LaRue, and John Cardos. Walt LaRue was also a regular stunt person on the series.
Character Highlights: This is primarily a Mano oriented episode that tests his allegiance to his political ideals and to his friends. It includes tender scenes between Mano and Pilar, his old girlfriend who is a sympathetic and believable character in that role. This is our first (though brief) view of Mano in a state of semi-undress, shirtless in his long johns. John and Victoria believe Mano has betrayed them and they are being held under house arrest. Mano manages to overcome the traitors mostly by outwitting them, but is forced to shoot and kill his friend, the brother of Pilar. He leaves in obvious distress, but reunites with Pilar finally to ask her forgiveness. Buck and Blue are mostly absent in this episode although there is an excellent scene where John strongly suggests that Blue not sell his cattle to the French occupiers, but tells him that it is his decision to make. After John leaves and Blue refuses to comply with his fatherís wishes, Buck steps in and makes the decision for him by knocking him out, preventing him from leaving to close the deal.
|Buck, however, doesn't
hesitate to take a firmer hand with Blue, and after John leaves,
tells him he won't let him go close the deal. Blue tells
Buck to "go to blazes", which prompts a swift right hook from
Buck. Buck carries the unconscious Blue back up to the house
explaining that he should treat his uncle with more respect.
|In the meantime, Victoria and John have been preparing their
ranch for not only the arrival of Santos and Pilar, but also for the famous
Benito Juarez, the one man leading the fight for freedom in Mexico. Everything
is as neat as a pin and John promises Victoria she will not be ashamed of High
Chaparral, but the drunken cowhands out in the bunkhouse find themselves engaged
in a humorous brawl and literally trash the place. Victoria, enraged, ends up in
the path of a bucket of water and takes after the brutish men with a broom,
finally shouting, "You are animals! Pigs and dogs!"
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: Ray de Camp
Stunt Coordinator: Henry Wills
Story Editor: Ward Hawkins
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, McClure Capps
|Edited by Jack
Set Decoration: Bill F. Calvert
Post Production Co-ordinator: Bill Wistrom
Casting: Russell Trost
Sound Recording: Joe Edmondson, Joel Moss
Make-up Supervision: Beau Hickman & Beau Wilson
Hair Stylist: Hedvig Mjorud
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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