This HC Guest Log ran from June of 2003 until June of 2005. Three hundred and fifty people have posted here their fond memories of The High Chaparral and their compliments to the cast and crew who brought it to us. Nearly everyone has also expressed their earnest desire to see the series released on DVD. These entries have been compiled and reproduced for distribution to the Powers That Be as part of the campaign to release the DVDs. They include requests from all fifty states and at least 40 countries. Since this Guest Log closed we continue to take requests and comments through the Guest Map.
|This was the distribution in the Guest Book
for distinct entries from the United States:
|FIRST PLACE||California (26)|
|SECOND PLACE||Texas (24)|
|THIRD PLACE||Arizona (21)|
|FOURTH PLACE||Oregon (15)|
|FIFTH PLACE||Washington, Illinois, and Ohio (12)|
|SIXTH PLACE||Pennsylvania and Virginia (11)|
|SEVENTH PLACE||North Carolina (10)|
|EIGHTH PLACE||Missouri, Colorado, and Oklahoma (9)|
|NINTH PLACE||New Jersey, and Wisconsin (8)|
|TENTH PLACE||Minnesota and Massachusetts (7)|
|ELEVENTH PLACE||Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, Kentucky, New York, and Indiana (6)|
|TWELFTH PLACE||Tennessee and Georgia (5)|
|THIRTEENTH PLACE||West Virginia, Kansas, Arkansas, and South Carolina (4)|
|FOURTEENTH PLACE||Connecticut, Nebraska, Michigan, and Maryland (3)|
|FIFTEENTH PLACE||Idaho, Mississippi, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alabama, and Iowa (2)|
|HON. MENTION||Alaska, Delaware,
Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, South
New Hampshire, Maine, and Hawaii.
|And on the INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, counting the U.S., we had 40 countries represented. The U.K., by the way, had more than twice as many entries as any other country or state. (Other than the U.S. as a whole, of course.)|
|FIRST PLACE||England (56)|
|SECOND PLACE||The Netherlands (21)|
|THIRD PLACE||Australia and Canada (18)|
|FOURTH PLACE||New Zealand and Peru (14)|
|FIFTH PLACE||Brazil (10)|
|SIXTH PLACE||Sweden (8)|
|Chile, Argentina, Norway, Ireland, Guatemala, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Finland, South Africa, Iran, Kuwait, Israel, France, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Hungary, Denmark, Wales, Barbados, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago|
Guest Log Entries
I started watching The High Chaparral when it first aired when I was 16 years old. Loved it then, still love it now. The realism was unlike anything done in TV Westerns before and it still holds up well thirty years later. Many thanks to everyone who played large and small roles in the making of this classic production. I remain a loyal fan, eagerly awaiting the commercial release of The High Chaparral on DVD. Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville, Oregon
I watched The High Chaparral when it first aired, and I've been a fan ever since. It was so realistic with dust and sweat, laughter and tears. The actors fit their parts, bringing the characters to life; the writers created tough, tight scripts; the location was real. It was the best Western then and it is still the best Western now. Sandy "Sierra" Sturdivant, Oklahoma
Mary-Missouri HC appeal lasts a lifetime. Kudos to all involved. Lets hope someday there can be a telemovie.
I loved High Chaparral from the first episode I saw. Little did I know that I'd missed the first two hours and didn't get to see them until the mid 80's. The characters are wonderful today and the acting real - no one could replace any of them! It's my all-time favorite TV western and maybe even my favorite TV program ever. Looking forward to the four years coming out in DVD so we can watch it forever. Alaska Laurel, Anchorage, AK
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I grew up in Oklahoma and would rush home to watch HC in the '70's right after school with my best friend. We were in grade school, but loved all the characters and knew all the bunkhouse names also. Thirty years later I'm living in south Texas and watch HC faithfully every Saturday. I would love to get HC on DVD so I would no longer live in fear that Hallmark's Western Weekend will be canceled. Chris
The High Chaparral to me, was the best television western ever produced. The scripts dealt with topics, rarely seen on television in the late 60's early 70's. This along with the great talent of all the actors and crew. As much of the series was filmed in 'situ', in Tucson, it added to the reality. Thank you for creating The High Chaparral. Regards, Marce,
Here is a Dutch addition to the guest book. I love the series very much and I really hope that all episodes will be released on DVD soon. then at least in one house in The Netherlands it can be found. Heidi
High Chaparral, loved it all those years ago, enjoyed when shown on Granada plus. Please bring it out on DVD or video , cheers , Claire
Thanks to everyone associated with the HC. Cast and crew alike! I definitely would buy the series on DVD. Please, please, please to the powers that be - put it out on DVD!!!!!! Like every young teenage girl, I first had a crush on "Blue." Then it was "Mano" - the "bad boy" the one you "couldn't take home to meet the folks!" But I also had crushes on Buck and Sam. What can I say - not that I was fickle; there were just too many wonderful guys to choose from!! What was a girl to do????? Anyway, a great big THANK YOU for four great years of fun and excitement! Garla (Texas)
When I was around 10 years old, I loved High Chaparral and watched it every week. It had more action than and more outdoor scenes than Gunsmoke, and simply blew away Bonanza and Big Valley. Daniel Boone & High Chaparral were staples of my Saturday nights. I was always mildly disappointed when High Chaparral wasn't about my favorite, Buck, and/or feature him in lots of fights and shootouts. I was always Buck when I played cowboys with my cousins or by myself, and with the help of my mom, I assembled an outfit styled after Buck's. I even got the right hat, which was a real coup. I could never achieve the dry powder dirt/sand effect with Florida sand, however. It never looked right. Then one day I discovered that dusting myself with flour would do the trick. My mom wasn't real happy about coming home to flour on her kitchen floor, but that wasn't a concern for a 10-year-old trying to authenticate his Buck persona. Wearing all-black in the Florida sun in July gave me a good idea how hot the desert could get. But that didn't matter to a lonely cowpoke riding his pony down a rural dirt road. I had my rifle ready for Apache and beef jerkey in my saddle bags, and that was all that mattered. I've found as an adult that High Chaparral still holds up well and am glad to see the Hallmark Channel has added it to their schedule. I try to watch it every Saturday. I hope the channel does a marathon for High Chaparral as it did for Rawhide -- maybe to celebrate the birth date of the underrated Cameron Mitchell (he was killed WAY too early in Hombre!). I'm hoping a comprehensive DVD about High Chaparral will be released. Jim Beller - Tennessee
I loved all the actors/characters on the high chaparral. It was and continues to be my favorite show. I waited 33 yrs. for the show to be rerun in my area but I hate that the episodes are cut. I would love to have the show on DVD and would probably buy most of the episodes. my favorite characters were buck and blue. I especially loved the realism of the show and the relationships between the characters. It was the best television western. m. miske, pennsylvania
I grew up in Tucson & remember going to Old Tucson to watch filming of "The High Chaparral" on weekends. I would have been there everyday if school hadn't taken my time up (:-). My parents & I were "Chaparral" junkies & we watched them all during prime time back in the day. I was even lucky enough to meet several of the actors back then. It was the greatest TV Western ever & always will be. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would promote a "High Chaparral" Celebrity Reunion, which I held at Old Tucson in June of 1999 (I believe that's the right date). I remember it was a "Fathers Day" weekend & Old Tucson was packed! We will never forget that one. We wish we could attend the up-coming reunion in California, but it's just not in the cards for us this time. Hopefully there will be many more! The ones that are going, I know will have a great time & we'll be thinking of all of you. This High Chaparral website is the best on the net, & I am proud to be a long time member of the hcdg. Cheers! Rocky & Brenda (Las Vegas) P.S. I would be a major buyer of the whole High Chaparral DVD collection, as long as they are real & not a dubbed or a bootlegged copy made from a VHS tape....(:-).
Everybody remembers certain events that make some days stand out "bigger" than the rest. Pearl Harbor, when Kennedy was shot, that July when man walked on the moon, or even the afternoon they got their driver's license. For me, it was the first time I saw High Chaparral. I remember that whole day as if it was last week. We had hamburgers for lunch, got yelled at for leaving the irrigation line running too long, it was 105* in the shade, and I tore my favorite flowered sundress on the back porch nail. We were supposed to go out that evening, but some equipment broke down and we had to wait...through three hours of endless phone calls...we waited...watching television...waiting to go out. Then it came on. A Western I hadn't seen before...and I fell in love. That was the occasion of my first epiphany. Sure the characters lived a hundred years in the past, yet in so many ways they lived my life...and they liked it. More then that, they were determined to succeed at it. Who really knows what impresses a 12 year old girl. Boys...horses...pajama parties...more boys...a tube of day-glo pink lipstick. Yet, somewhere in all the importantly inconsequential trivia, the oddest things make the deepest impressions and we relate. That night, waiting to go out, my world changed. The summer evening smelled sweeter, and the lost seconds suddenly worth savoring. It came to me who we all were in the scheme of things. Big men yell because it's important. Uncles annoy you because they love you. Ladies who live in graceful dignity surrounded by dirt and animals are to be admired. Don't hide the hired hand's boots, he's too tired to look for them. It's okay that sometimes you do stupid thing like forgetting to latch the gate...you're a kid...and it's hard to grow up. In the mix of things, there's always someone who believes you'll do better. High Chaparral was just a weekly television show, a creative spark in the sphere of entertainment, something to watch while waiting to go out. Yet sometimes, out of a lesser consideration, there comes the greatest of notions...a point...a reason...a lesson. High Chaparral had such a notion. Week by week, it taught that life is hard, family is everything and the moments are what you make of them. It taught the appreciation of challenge, and the pride in making something out of nothing. We don't forget our "bigger" days, especially those that influenced our childhood. They stay with us forever. Thank you High Chaparral. To all of those who created and brought the stories to life, without knowing, you instructed many of us how to grow into better people. May you inspire the next generation as well. Kim (Oregon)
I watched High Chaparral with my family. My dad, especially, was as hooked on it as I was. We both had a strong appreciation for both sides of the Western story, and High Chaparral seemed to be the only show that treated the problems between the whites from the US, the Mexicans, and the Indians fairly. And my brother and I both took Spanish in high school, because we always wanted to know what Victoria was saying when she'd start in on Mano! Ann Evetts, New York
From the first time I saw a High Chaparral on television, I became an instant fan. It was already in re-runs by then, but I didn't really care and scheduled my day around its air time. Heaven forbid I'd miss an episode. That was thirty years ago, and I'm still a huge fan. Even though we don't get the hallmark channel here, I still have my TV videos. This show brought into light that not every parent and child saw eye to eye. It was a real family, not a phony attempt to display the perfect family. There has never been a cast that were so well complemented by each other. It would be wonderful to see a reunion or remake. And it would be great to see the original uncut episodes available on DVD. To sum it up, thank you for the "High Chaparral" it was and still is best western ever aired. Maryanne Philadelphia, PA
I loved HC from the very first episode. I especially loved the relationship between Buck and Blue and was disappointed in the 3rd season when they sort of grew apart. I loved the humor, and realism of this show and very much want to see it on DVD. Libby from Wisconsin
I remember watching High Chaparral in high school back in the sixties and I thought Manolito was sooooo cute and sweet in a rogue-ish way. I hadn't seen it all these years until it came on the Hallmark Channel recently. It was a great show way back when and I was surprised to see how good it still seems all these years later. Great acting, camera work, and realism. I wish it were available on DVD or video because I know the reruns now cut out too many scenes. Adele (Oregon)
Having been a television western "junkie" as a 10-year old girl in a small northeast Missouri town, I can remember how excited I was when the first episode of High Chaparral aired. I remember how cute I thought Mano was and surely was my first crush from afar. Mom, Dad, Sis and I were hooked on this great western from the very start and never missed an episode. Now, some 35+ years later, I'm as big a fan as ever!! Being somewhat older now, I can appreciate the great acting of all the cast as I watch the reruns on Hallmark Channel. (Mano still holds that special place in my heart even after all these years.) The family and I made a trip to Old Tucson and the High Chaparral set a few years ago -- a trip definitely worth making and one I will never forget. It would be great to see High Chaparral become available on DVD. --Kathy
The High Chaparral series was the best television Western ever and my devotion to it had life-changing ramifications as an Ohio teenager in the 70's. Because of the series, I applied to be an exchange student for a year in Mexico and was accepted. After my year in Mexico, I attended and graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson and continued to live in Tucson for another 16 years. I work now as a bilingual elementary school teacher and impact many young Latino lives on a daily basis directly because of my original fascination with the wonderful portrayals of Southwestern culture by the entire cast of The High Chaparral. Muchas gracias. Jennifer (Nevada)
I was just starting High School in South Africa when HC started there. Because SA got television such a long time after the rest of the world it only aired for the first time in the early-80's. I got a new horse for my birthday the previous year and it looked just like Mackadoo so I was the envy of all my friends. High Chaparral is my all time favourite and I will always remember the show. It would be really great if it could be available on DVD. I would certainly buy it. Adeline Currently living in New Zealand)
Hello from the UK! Been an HC fan since I was about 12, back in 1969, when it aired on BBC2 (saw it in b&w of course). What appealed to me then? Mano! What appeals now? Mano! Seriously though, it's the characters that make this show unique. HC has the best characters of any TV Western I've seen. Good storylines and locations also help to create a memorable series. No matter how often it would be repeated, I would always watch the show. As an adult I can appreciate it a lot more for the complex character interactions and the values it portrays. Truly a fabulous series that will always have fans because it is quality TV. Yvonne, Yorkshire, England, UK
The first time I saw High Chaparral I was 12 years old and I loved it ever since. For me it's the most realistic TV Western series of all time with a bunch of first-class actors. I just love the storylines, the characters and their interactions, the beautiful landscape and the realistic locations. BTW I named my horse Macadoo and my cat Manolito. So no doubt about it who made the biggest impression on me ;-) I really hope that the complete series will be released on DVD soon! Take care! Steffi (Germany)
Sharon Shepherd Riverside, California Watched HC from the beginning and loved it (was and is my all time favorite Western) I watched it in re-runs with my best friend and have all the tapes - being addicted - I watch them in order when ever I get the chance. Really appreciated the fact that they tried to keep it as realistic and true to the flavor of the time. That is probably why I love it so much - reminded me of all the stories my grandfather told me. Wish they would bring it out on DVD, I would be first in line.
I really still miss this show. What can we do to get it on DVD or something? (By the way, this post was from Chris Palumbo, Houston, Texas. I first saw the show probably about 1970 on AFRTS while living on a military base in the Panama Canal Zone.)
I didn't start watching "The High Chaparral" until NBC had moved it from Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. ( I had school the following day and wasn't allowed to stay up that late) to Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. But when I started watching, and finally caught all the episodes in 1972, when Channel 13 had them, I not only fell head over heels in love with Manolito Montoya. I realized I was looking at a creation of David Dortort's that was superior to "Bonanza" in every way. Not only was the cast more interesting and dynamic (I swear, the role of Buck Cannon was just patiently waiting for Cameron Mitchell to come along!), it was edgier in that it tried to portray, as best it could within the confines of a traditional Hollywood Western, the West far more realistically with respect to the Apaches, the cattle industry, rustlers and thieves of every stripe, and those of mixed heritage (white, Apache, Spanish, etc.,). The "corn pone" was reduced to a degree remarkable for a TV Western of that time, and the relationships between the major characters and the supporting and guest characters were explored on a much more human level. That's what makes "The High Chaparral" stand out from any other big-screen or small-screen Western. Pat, Los Angeles, California
To all of the wonderful people who made High Chaparral a classic. And as Mr. Bob Hope would say--Thanks for the memories! I was all of nine years old when The High Chaparral first came on the air, and of course it was aired in my hometown in Indiana way after my bedtime. Most of the time I just had to be content with hearing the dialogue coming from the television in the living room while I was suppose to be sleeping. Once in a while I was able to persuade my mother to allow me to stay up and actually watch the show. Believe me, in those instances victory was sweet! I have to confess that it was a crush on Manolito Montoya that first caught my interest in HC, but the more I saw the show, all of the characters eventually found a place in my heart. For me, it was the characters that made The High Chaparral such an endearing classic. The relationships were loving, caring, humorous, yet there was rivalry, betrayal, and all of the other emotions and circumstances that make up any kind of family relationship. I guess that is what The High Chaparral was all about--honesty. It was the honesty with the characters and honesty with the day to day living. There wasn't a superhero who "knew it all". They were simply a band of people who were strong in heart and dreamed, loved, hurt, made mistakes, and fought hard for what they believed in. Well, for four wonderful years of High Chaparral, thank you. The journey you took us on was, and still is a delight! Pat Larimore Fort Wayne, Indiana
I discovered High Chaparral in the 90's. My parents saw it when they were kids. I thought it was pretty cool. Then I started hearing that scenes were left out. Maybe that was why some of the plots were a little hard to follow. I still like the show anyway. I like the rpg2 game now. I lurk there. It's cool. It's like having more episodes. If they do the DVD's, let me know. I'd like to see what the full episodes were like. (Don Sebastian rocks.) Mac/Oregon
I absolutely loved High Chaparral. Buck, Blue, Manolito, Sam, and all the guys were great. Plus I was so envious of how beautiful Victoria was. Although it has been all these years since it first aired, I still remember the thrill I got watching. I have been able to record a couple of the episodes; but it would be fantastic if we could get the series on DVD (although I would then have to go a DVD player). To those actors, writers, producers, and members of the production crew who makes it to the reunion, thank you for the wonderful work each of you did to bring us that wonderful show. My name is Dianna Hester, and I am from Jackson, Tennessee. I never did make it to Arizona (although I have flown over it a couple of times). But each week you brought the romanticism and hardness of Arizona to the viewers. THANK YOU.
I began watching the High Chaparral a couple of weeks after it premiered. I am the lone person in my family who loves westerns. In order to watch the show, I had to sit out on our unheated/un-air conditioned glass-walled porch, alternately freezing and broiling because no one else wanted to watch a western. I fell in love with the show, the characters, the setting, the action, and the relationships between the characters. I don't think there had ever been, nor has there been again, a special relationship like that between Buck and Blue. What incredible writing to create something like that. Buck was my all time favorite character, beating out even Private William G. Kirby from Combat! The setting in Tucson was so unlike anything I had ever seen. I grew up in northeast Philadelphia, and the idea of cacti and desert was completely foreign to me. I thought it was simply beautiful. I vowed I would have a horse of my own that I could name Macadoo. I vowed that one day I would visit Tucson just so I could experience what I'd seen. It is now over 30 years later. I never got my horse, and probably never will, but it was fun dreaming that I would. I have not yet visited Tucson but someday I will. Thanks to the writers of the show for some truly memorable dialog and episodes. Thanks to the casting director for superb casting. All of the parts were cast perfectly. I can't imagine anyone else in the roles! Thanks to the actors for bringing such wonderful characters to life. Thanks, in particular, to Cameron Mitchell for a wonderful portrayal of a great character. I finally saw the two part first episodes in the 1980's when our cable provider offered a channel that aired HC. Unfortunately the channel was pulled from the lineup in mid-series run. I don't have the Hallmark channel so I can't watch the show or tape it myself, but I do have all the episodes on tape, from various sources. It ain't the same, but in the absence of real TV, it'll do. I too would purchase the series on DVD. Hope everyone who attends the reunion has a great time. Kudos to all the actors and others involved in the show who attend the reunion. I'm with you in spirit. Nancy P., Chester, Virginia
I am a great fan and would love to see High Chaparral in DVD. It would be an extra treat to see the unedited version and the scenes which never made it on broadcast tape, and an even extra extra treat to have all the bloopers. Might as well ask for it all. Best regards Cheryl Love Erie, Colo. USA
The High Chaparral, in my opinion, was second only to Gunsmoke in acting, character presentation, and screen play. Truly a monumental Western that deserves critical acclaim and recognition! Joseph D. White, Colorado Springs, CO
I first saw High Chaparral when it began on BBC2, in fact it was one of the programmes which launched the new channel here in the UK. My father refused to upgrade our TV set in order that we could receive the new channel and I was really upset, as I already loved Bonanza and I wanted to watch the new show, which David Dortort had created. Luck was on my side, as a neighbour asked me to babysit for her, on a regular basis, on the night the show was on and she did have the new channel. I was delighted and got to watch it and was paid at the same time LOL Blue was my favourite at first (I was 14) but I also loved Buck and Mano and particularly enjoyed watching the closeness between Blue boy and his Uncle Buck, it was very similar to Little Joe and Ben Cartwright. Bonanza will always be my fave Western, but High Chaparral is definitely in my top five. Thank you Mr. Dortort, for giving us two such wonderful shows Lynne ENGLAND
Boy, it sure is hard to figure out where to begin it, and how to say it, when you are talking about a TV show that I share a deep affection for with many others not only here in the USA but around the world! I grew up loving horses and Westerns. I didn't play with Barbies, I played with Johnny and Jane West dolls and their horses and one year for Christmas I even got their cardboard ranch. That was one of my favorite gifts ever! When High Chaparral came on the air right from the beginning I knew it was the best Western series I had ever seen and to this day no one has made a better one. You had everything a classic Western series needed: the background scenery, the characters, the perfect actors to play those characters, and stories that were well written and kept me transfixed to my TV screen. I knew there was a real place called Old Tucson and I always wondered how far away the Ranch was from the town itself. From watching the show I thought that maybe the ranch was an hour or so away from the town. That shows you just how much I was drawn into the show. Imagine my surprise when I made my first trip to Old Tucson in the early 90's and walked down a dusty street, looked down a side street and there was the ranch, just on the edge of the town. At that time it didn't look quite the same as the original house but just to see it was a thrill of a lifetime for me. Even today, I consider Old Tucson my idea of vacation heaven. Anyway, I wish to thank profusely David Dortort and each and every one of the cast and crew who brought this wonderful Western to us. I don't know if anyone will ever be able to do what all of you did back then and create a new Western that has all of the qualities you gave us. If not, we will always have our tapes of the show to view and we hope with all our hearts to see those original HC episodes on DVD, uncut, digitally re-mastered like the episodes of Bonanza I have on DVD. Again, thank you so much! Vickie Harvey 6-8-03 San Diego, California
I'm learning a lot with your web page. In this country, at least for the moment, we cannot see HC. I only have a few episodes recorded and I watch them from time to time. I'll try to download all the information you give, print it and read it as a book. (In this country we do what we can...) Thank you. (Sorry for my English). Rosa Mendozzi (from Buenos Aires - Argentina).
I enjoy all westerns. I wish they would put the episodes on DVD. Hoppybob (Robert Lee Findlay, Ohio)
I first became acquainted with The High Chaparral through reruns. The show was rerun in my area (TN) during the summers of 1972 and 1973. As a teenager I absolutely loved the whole show, especially Mark Slade as Billy Blue. HC is better than the average western to me because there is such a diverse representation of ethnic peoples: Hispanic/Mexican, Native American, Irish, and as real characters, not stereotypes. Wasn't this the first show to feature Hispanics in lead roles?
Can't wait to share some good times with great new friends and my favorite actors. Hi, Bob, Don and Ted, hope to see you soon. Rusty from Mojave Desert
The thing that stands out to me about "The High Chaparral" is that we watched it as a family. I was born in 1960, so I was just a little boy, but every Sunday night we watched the show; especially the first and second seasons. The character that stood out to me most was Buck. I would have liked him to be my own Uncle. He was such a fun-loving man and yet showed his love and true feelings, especially in his relationship with Blue. I know that Cameron Mitchell has passed away, but he was wonderful on this show and meant a lot to this "little boy" back in the 60's. I also want to say that Linda Cristal was just wonderful. I just wish that I could have seen her in more things beyond the series. She not only was outwardly beautiful, but also a very talented actress. "The High Chaparral" was a significant show for me growing up. When it is on in reruns, I try to jump at the the chance to view it. I wish it would run more often on stations around the country than it does.
Charlotte: I sent Denise a letter a month or so ago with my memories of watching HC. Do you want me to enter that letter here again? Jackie Hoell
High Chaparral has always been one of my favorite Westerns. Although I haven't seen the show lately, I can still vividly remember many of the episodes. I appreciated the time and talent all the actors spent on High Chaparral. They are marvelous!! Now I hope we can see the time when all the High Chaparral episodes will be available on DVD and/or video. I would definitely set the entire set!! Again, thank you for the High Chaparral. Donna Hesson
I watched High Chaparral when it first came on the air I just loved it. Over the years it have been on at 2am and then it disappeared. I'm glad to see it again as it brings back great memories Sue, Canada
SOU A MAIS APAIXONADA POR ESTE FILME AQUI NO BRAZIL. AMO TODOS ELES MAS PRINCIPALMENTE MARK SLADE COMO BILLY BLUE. COM APENAS 11 ANOS EU VI ESTE FILME PELA PRIMEIRA VEZ. GOSTARIA DE HOMENAGEA-LOS TODOS ELES. LEIF, CAMERON, MARK, HENRY, LINDA, E OS CAST ADICIONAIS OU SEJA OS VAQUEIROS. O LOCAL ONDE ERAMM FEITAS AS FILMAGENS, OLD TUCSON,EU SONHO UM DIA CONHECER. A REGIAO ARIDA DO ARIZONA E SEU POVO NATIVO EXERCE UM FASCINIO IMENSO SOBRE MIM. JUSSIARA
English translation from the Portuguese:
am the most passionate fan of this TV show in all of Brazil!
I love everyone in it, but especially Mark Slade in the role of Billy
saw this show for the first time when I was only 11 years old.
I would like to pay homage to all of the actors – Leif, Cameron, Mark, Henry,
Linda, and the rest of the cast, i.e., the Bunkhouse Boys. I dream someday
of being able to visit the location where the series was filmed, Old Tucson.
The Arizona desert and its native dust fascinate me immensely.
Jane Hancock, Northampton, England Highlight of my week between ages of about 11-13 was watching HIGH CHAPARRAL on BBC TV on Monday evenings 8.10 pm. I was in love with Manolito and loved the way Victoria called him Manolo or Mano and I loved him and the name so much !!!!! And then I remember one birthday that my Mum surprised me by getting me a signed photo of the cast.....OK, it was a pre-printed one but it was in full colour and I never even knew anything about it or that you could even write to a studio....still don't know how she got the address !!! But I still have the photo and original NBC envelope...it was just about the most exciting thing I could remember receiving as a birthday surprise !!! I still enjoy the show whenever it's shown in the UK (and we have been fortunate to see lots of re-runs!) It was always disappointing to me that we never got to see any interviews with any of the cast on TV in this country, I would love to have seen Henry Darrow and Mark Slade interviewed 'in real life!!!' HIGH CHAPARRAL was the show that got me addicted to Westerns and through it I also got to love LANCER and ALIAS SMITH & JONES and BONANZA (but BONANZA has only been in the past 4 or 5 years as I never got to see it before it was shown on a cable station here!) Westerns are one of my favourite TV genres and I think we should bring them back !!!!! Hope everyone has a great time at the Reunion...wish I could be there. Hope as many of the cast and crew as possible can be there to spend time with the fans and listen to how much the show is still loved by us all! Big thanks to all the writers and cast for giving me so much pleasure over the years....my most favourite episodes personally were: A TIME TO LAUGH; A TIME TO CRY, GENERATION, SURVIVAL......I would DEFINITELY buy DVDs of the show if they were released for UK viewing!! ( Fingers crossed!)
Looking forward to the reunion and meeting some new friends. Jennie Allender
I loved High Chaparral when I was a kid and my sister and I would never miss an episode. Since VCRs didn't exist in those days I would sit by the TV set with my tape recorder and record the audio portion, and play the tapes over and over again. I adored Leif Erickson, and while most of my 12 year old friends had posters of Bobby Sherman, the Monkees (and yes Mark Slade) in their rooms, I had pics of 56 year old Leif Erickson in mine. I named my horse Manolito, and I was just broken hearted when the show was cancelled. Years later when re-runs came on and VCRs were invented I was so thrilled to be able to capture the shows on tape. (I could finally throw away those cassettes!) When I happened upon this discussion group a few years ago I was thrilled - how fun to see that the show meant so much to so many others as well. Pam
Vangi Bolton, California. I have loved this show from the first moment I saw it to the reruns still on television.
Just a brief thanks to all the producers, directors, writers, actors and everybody who helped to make “High Chaparral” such a wonderful show! I love the depth of the characters, and the way the show portrayed the American frontier and the people who settled there. It was a pioneer series that treated Mexicans and American Indians with compassion and intelligence. It also treated its viewers with intelligence. Regards, Mary Ann
Just wanted to drop a line and say I am a fan of High Chaparral and have been enjoying it for the past for 10 years. I would have to say that my favorite Character was Victoria but I enjoyed all the characters on the show. I would be interested in DVD's if they are made available.
Has always been my favorite western, I still watch all the re-runs every chance I get. Roxann Darden
I loved High Chaparral as a girl, had the biggest crush on Mark Slade! I also loved the relationship between Blue and Uncle Buck. It was always so beautifully written! It is great seeing the High Chaparral again on the Hallmark channel, I never miss it, but unfortunately scenes are cut so I would love to see the series come out on DVD, uncut, of course! Mary Mackey
Hollywood just doesn't or won't make a truly family show like this anymore. I wish to thank everyone involved in the making of "The High Chaparral". I remember as a little boy watching it along with my grandparents and family every Sunday evening. The character of "Manolito" really stays with me. Even back then I thought he was so "cool", from his hat to his gunbelt and angled holster. In my high school Spanish class I wanted to use the name Manolito, but the teacher said it had to be a name from her list. I still can't speak Spanish fluently, but at least I can understand some of the Spanish dialog. Remembering all of the really great TV Westerns I saw when I was growing up, led me to become a Cowboy Action Shooter, and would really enjoy going to a range and seeing the cast of the show, as well as doing a little shooting with them. Adios amigos y via con Dios. Kenny Lattin Little Rock, Ar
Just wandered by your site and enjoyed the memories of the High Chaparral. I never saw it when it was on originally. Not until later re-runs. Wish I'd known about it the first time around. The series ran in our area four or five years ago, but the friends I watched it with said the episodes were edited. Wonder what I missed. I would like to see the entire episodes. In my opinion, HC was one of the best Westerns made. It was actually believable. If DVD's become available, I would consider buying them. Will the website keep us updated? Ron (Oregon)
I've been a fan of both Bonanza and High Chaparral for years! I remember Bonanza was one of the first shows being able to stay up late for and then when HC came after it, well there was one tired little girl Monday morning! Then when HC was moved to Friday nights, I was in heaven. I was able to come in from playing outside then after watching the show, going out again discussing the episode with my two best friends! The two shows were different, but oh so good and will always bring back fond memories. Cat from Maryland
To the Cast and Crew of High Chaparral: Thank you for creating such a wonderful show for my entertainment and yes, my education. As a teenager, I watched High Chaparral because it was a western (horses & great scenery), with good-looking men (hubba, hubba), and great storylines. As a teenager, Blue’s attempt to gain his father’s approval struck home. I decided to take Spanish in school just so that I could understand what Victoria and/or Mano were saying. As an adult, I watch High Chaparral for the quality program that it is and now realize the subtle impact it had on who I became. High Chaparral provided me with a female role model that was assertive and intelligent. Thank you Victoria! Diversity was part of High Chaparral before diversity became fashionable. Diversity wasn’t just a one-episode “problem of the week”, but the foundation of the show. How wonderful it is to realize that this show blended white American, Mexican and Native American cultures every week in a positive manner. It is only now that I realize how unusual it was to see a show that portrayed Native Americans as people and not as savages. This truthful portrayal is rarely part of any TV show or movie, then or now. To watch John Cannon repeatedly make decisions based on treating everyone fairly reinforced what turned out to be my own adult beliefs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort each of you put into making such a quality show. I still write High Chaparral episodes in my mind when I find it difficult to sleep. I apparently find it restful to return and visit my friends, no my family of High Chaparral. Thank you, Jackie Hoell
Can't make it to the Reunion but wanted to send good wishes to all those going. Like many others here I have vivid memories of watching the High Chaparral in my early teens. I loved Blue and anguished with him over his trials with Big John! Thinking as an adult about why it still holds up - good stories, fantastic scenery and great actors, but mostly the exploration of family relationships which have real meaning in any time. Have a great time at the Reunion and look forward to hearing about it. Would definitely buy DVD! Sian
Hi All ! I am JOS DRESEN ! Originally from the Netherlands & now living in OHIO !! I am 50 and remember the High Chaparral as my favorite Western TV show end '60's ! Although I liked Victoria & especially Manolito, my Favorite was Uncle Buck !! Since being a movie star fan from since I was around 12 years old I already saw him in a few movies and liked him and with H.C. he became my favorite male star! (Besides the point; my favorite female star was Barbara Stanwyck ! Big Valley) The series itself was Always Sunny and That was Neat if one knows the Dutch weather ! Now playing on TNT Saturdays I try not to miss a episode! Brings back memories and make me feel 30 years younger!! P.S. Although OHIO is NOW , if it would help the number of Netherlands count me there ! Best wishes ! Jos
Loved the High Chaparral from the first time I saw it. It was one of the best Westerns on TV and the characters were very believable. I like all the characters and stories and still enjoy watching reruns.
Lill-Britt Karlsson It's the best Western series shown in Sweden
We have Hallmark but HC is not in its TV schedule by now (al least here in Argentina). It's more than a pity. As many other people I grew up with HC and watch the FEW episodes I have recorded TOO often. The thing I like the most in HC is the relationship between John and Victoria. As a Latin American and as a “Porteña” (like LC I was born and live in Buenos Aires) it is too easy to fall in love with a man like Big John and endure his apparently bad temper. God save men like those..., we have thousands of Manolitos here.... I´m amazed to read in your page about people interested in Spanish language. I'm not very good at English (that's why I do not get into the HCDG), but if someone wants to practice their Spanish by mail, I'll be glad to help. firstname.lastname@example.org (Someone might laugh, but I learnt what the “comino” (cumin) was watching HC and since then I use it in a lot of meals. But for Victoria, John had never knew it either. Do you remember that episode? Please inform in your web page when will the DVD be available. Of course, we will have to wait a little longer here in South América to have it. But I'll be waiting.
I loved High Chaparral as a little girl and now in my 40's I am still a fan of the show. It was fun watching back in the 70's and still is with the reruns on the Hallmark channel. I wish they would bring the show out on DVD. Thanks for all the years of enjoyment. Linda
I always looked forward to seeing The High Chaparral every week. Leif Erickson was great as the patriarch, standing up to anyone that wanted to get in his way, he didn't take any bull. It was a great Western, wish we had more on today. Yes by all means put it on DVD. The kids today have no idea what they are missing. Wish I could come to the reunion. Ya'll have fun now, you here. Cliff Riker.
Watched HC back in the sixties when it first aired and loved it. The interaction between the actors as well as the realism was superb. Was excited to find it back on the air. Wish I could attend the reunion to meet the fine people involved in this excellent program. Have a great time! PS: Would also like to see HC on DVD!
I started watching High Chaparral as a teenager and loved it for its realistic depiction of life in Arizona at that time. It wasn't "prettied up" like so many other Westerns, and the characters were so real. And of course, what teenage girl wouldn't fall in love with a rascal like Manolito? All these years later, I still love the show, but never get to see it because our cable system doesn't carry Hallmark - sigh... Geri Ann
The High Chaparral, a Western with Manolito and the Bunk House guys, and Buck Cannon... What more can I say? Lots of good memories, wonderful cast, great stories, location.. location... location!!! It was a fine show! Thanks to David Dortort and the many fine actors who graced this show. Thank you for giving me countless hours of pleasure. denise lynch
HC was always one of my favorite shows. I'd love to see it on DVD. Great website. Kathy
EU ACOMPANHO ESTE FILME DESDE DE MINHA ADOLESCENCIA E ADMIRO MUITO A FORMA QUE FOI FEITA ESTE FILME MARAVILHOSO. TODOS OS ATORES ATUARAM COM MUITO BRILHO MAS ESPECIALMENTE LEIF COMO BIG JOHN E MARK SLADE COMO BLUE CANNON. REALMENTE A FORMA DE ATUAR DESSES DOIS FOI EMOCIONANTE. PRINCIPALMENTE POR SE TRATAR DE PAI E FILHO E O RELACIONAMENTO ORA TENSO E AGRESSIVO DA PARTE DE JOHN, ORA AFETUOSO DA PARTE DE BLUE. CAMERON, COMO TIO BUCK, NOS FEZ TER VONTADE DE TER UM TIO ASSIM. AFETUOSO, GOZADOR, AMIGO E TAMBEM MUITO PATERNAL E PROTETOR COM O SOBRINHO. LEMBRO TAMBEM DA DOCE E MEIGA ANALEE E A BELA E SENSUAL VICTORIA. HIGH CHAPARRAL PARA MIM FOI O MELHOR FILME DE WESTER FAMILIAR QUE JA ASSISTI. VOCES DEVEM LANCAR ESTE FILME EM DVD COM CERTEZA SERA UM SUCESSO. ESTE FILME TEM FANS POR TOO O MUNDO. O MAIOR LEGADO DE CHAPARRAL FOI MOSTRAR PARA O MUNDO O RELACIONAMENTO FAMILIAR E A FORMA DE MOSTRAR OS NATIVOS E MEXICANOS. ROBERTO
English translation from the Portuguese:
been following this show since my adolescence, and I very much admire the way in
which this marvelous show was made.
All the actors acted with brilliance, but especially Leif as Big John and
Mark Slade as Blue Cannon.
The way these two acted together was very moving, especially in the way they
dealt with the father/son relationship – first tense and aggressive on
John’s part, then affectionate on Blue’s part.
Cameron, as Uncle Buck, made us all want to have an uncle like that:
affectionate, fun, a
friend but also very paternal and a protector of his nephew.
I also remember sweet and gentle Annalee, and the beautiful and sensual
Thank you, everyone who worked on the production of The High Chaparral, in any capacity, for making this the BEST Western series of all time. Denise
I started watching High Chaparral when I was 13 years old in the spring of 1973. I discovered the show in the reruns on our local station. I immediately fell in love with Arizona. When I started watching the show, I mostly liked Blue, but now when I am an adult my favorite character is Big John.
I have always loved High Chaparral, and this site has been great! I also would give anything to get the complete series on DVD...is there a patron saint in charge of things like that? If so we have to get him/her working on it.
I was born in 1964 and was very young when this series was on the air but I vividly remember it and search endlessly for it on VHS and DVD. Must have been a great show for a 7 year old to remember watching it, loving it, and remembering all the characters. I'm 39 now and it seems like yesterday watching it on our 25" Zenith with no remote! This is one series that should be made available on DVD. I recently found a commercial VHS tape of one episode "Shadow of the Wind" put out by Timeless Television in 2000 by Marathon Music and Video. It is black and white VHS and 57 minutes long. Can't find any others... Mr. Wolfe Erie, PA born and raised now residing in NJ
Jaime Carrera - I'm from Peru but I have been living in the states for the past 12 years. My email is email@example.com
I loved the show, and I hope they will come out in video or dvd. Watching the show, I felt like I was back in the Southwest in the 1800's!! I thank you for that!!
I was 12 years old when HC went off the air, so my early memories of it are spotty. But with the Hallmark Channel's "Rough & Ready" Saturday line-up, I can always be found from 2:00-3:00 in my living room, watching Big John and the rest of the boys (and girl) from Arizona. I'd like to know if they are airing the episodes in the order they originally appeared, or if they are randomly shown. I'd also like to know just which cast members will be at the convention in August. It was a great ensemble cast--right up there with Star Trek, Gunsmoke, and Farscape. Roger Cox, South Carolina
I never thought an HC culture existed elsewhere than in my childhood memories! I was so thrilled to discover on the net, that not only it exists but it is well organized and thriving! Count me in! Philip
Karyn Schwantes I love The High Chaparral. Please, Please have The High Chaparral on DVD soon.
Howdy, I am new to the group soooooo good to find people who enjoy HC as much as I do. My name is Doug Gillette, I live in Peoria, AZ and do not miss an episode. I receive HC on the Family Channel and do not see any upcoming episodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is up? Help, I am going through withdrawals. I still have 4 episodes on Tivo and cherish them. where can I catch the show?????????????? I freq travel to Tucson and the surrounding area and am transported back to the magical time the show is based on. I definitely will be attending the reunion in Aug. so glad I found the site. I have direct TV and desperately need to find HC, Please help me out, any info will be appreciated. Thanks for any info. signed the Desert Rat
High Chaparral was a highlight of my week growing up in Toronto, Canada. It inspired my love of the outdoors in trapping, hunting, fishing & horseback riding. The tune has been in my head for more than 30 years and I've always remembered it. I often looked in the TV guide for the show but never have found it listed. Your site has explained many of the questions in my mind. I don't expect to make the reunion but my prayers and love go before me. Sincerely, Norman Torrie, Toronto, Canada
Deb Kingsmith I would like very much to see the series on DVD.
GREAT SHOW! I used to watch the reruns in the early 70's. I love the theme song and the Dark Haired Spanish lady on the show. I had a crush on her. Heck, I was 4 years old! Great site and thanks for the trip back to memory lane..
Billy Blue, or Blue Boy as I remember him was my very first favorite character on television. I loved the show and yes it has to be made available on DVD. Its a childhood memory and I would love to sit down to an episode again. All the blue budgies I had as a child were called Blue Boy.
This was a great show and I'd hope that sometime DVD or VCR copies would become available. Thanks! John
Hi! A good friend of mine just told me that you're using the song composed by him (Wistful Dreams) that he made especially for me for my personal website....!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am for Dave. He's done such a fabulous job on his music, and I know how proud he is!! I'm elated that his work is getting such tremendous notice, and feel good. Thanks!!! Oh, and by the way...My web publishing nickname is Wystful 1, and I reside just a few miles from the studio where High Chaparral was filmed. (Henry Darrow was my favorite! *smile*)
Webmaster Note: I received permission to use a Dave Edwards MIDI file on the web site, but have not had a chance to install it yet. Coming soon. Charlotte
I love HC because of Linda Cristal.. Will she be there at 15 August 2003? If yes..... then I will fly from Greece just to see her... She must be the most beautiful woman in the world... Telis Gaitas GREECE
Thanks for the great memories when TV was worth watching. Joe Wishart
I think this is the best TV show ever. I had a crush on Mano, Buck, Blue, Sam, and Big John Cannon. I wish more than anything I had the money to make it to the reunion. If you are planning another one next year I would like to know sooner so I could save money to go. It greatly disappoints me that I can not attend.
I can remember the very first episode I watched Champion of the Western World. I must of been about four years old at the time and it has been my favourite show since. I have always felt that the characters portrayed their rolls with an amazing reality about them. High Chaparral was a great television show (with Bonanza a close second) a great pity they don't have television shows which have such wonderful family values nowadays. Claire (St. Helens, England)
I really enjoy the show. It is much more like the real cowboy life as the old-timers talked with me about as a boy. Bob Hoy and Don Collier are my favorites as you can see they know their way around a horse. I am in the rodeo business today because of the old cowboy shows. Representing WY and IN Ron Penn
I always loved High Chaparral. My favorite character, besides the Cannon family of course, was Joe Butler. He managed to portray the "tough cowboy" of the westerns of the times, yet you could always see the heart Joe had. I am so thrilled to see the appreciation given to this show that it always deserved.
I am from North Carolina. Tennessee when I first joined the group. Moved to NC in Feb and have not been as active in the group as before. I was planning on coming to the reunion before I moved. Now I just don't have the money. The High Chaparral is/was my all time favorite Western. I try very hard to arrange my schedule to be able to see it on Sat. I would love to see a total collection of the series on VHS and/or DVD. Anyway, even though I won't be at the reunion, I wanted to say how much I LOVE HC. Hopefully next reunion time, my finances will be in better order so I can come. I hope everyone has a wonderful time and takes LOTS of pictures to share with all of us unable to go. Take care and ENJOY!!! Tammy Arendale/Tarymat
To All the WONDERFUL Actors, Crew, Writers, Directors and Producers that Brought Us THE HIGH CHAPARRAL: I hope you realize how much ENJOYMENT you've brought to SO MANY through the years. Here it is 2003 and your show from the twilight of the 1960s is still entertaining and providing discussion to many! That's remarkable, don't you think? **Thanks for making the show so realistic and in large measure historically accurate! **Thanks for the great characters and wonderful portrayals that make us feel so warmly toward you all these many years later! **Thanks for so many hours of adventure, entertainment and wonderment! **Thanks for the humor woven into the show -- scenes with Pedro.....Mano & Victoria or Don Sebastian or Buck....the Bunkhouse Gang.....Buck with just about anyone....were pure joy! **Thanks for the great relationships woven out of well written words on a page, and defining, evolving performances by the actors: Buck/Mano....Mano/Victoria....Blue/Buck...Sam/Joe....Mano/Don Sebastian....John/Victoria....members of the Bunkhouse Gang... **THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL SHOW! Thanks to you ALL! This show is STILL one of my favorites all these many years later! It is certainly not the ONLY thing of note you all did in your varied and talented careers, but it sure made an impression on MANY! My one wish (besides being able to be present at this 2003 convention :-) would be to be able to purchase a DVD collection of all seasons of THE HIGH CHAPARRAL, as well as any other bits and pieces of HC trivia, like interviews past and present, background, out-takes, etc. Hopefully, that will be possible some day. Kudos and thanks to you all. Jane Bensinger Newark, Delaware USA
I loved the characters and the stories depicted on "High Chaparral." The concept of an older man and younger woman in the beautiful Southwest made for a different type western. Growing up with a love of the west and its history, this western filled this cowboy lover's heart. Paula
I never miss an episode of High Chaparral. I think it is probably the best western show ever produced, and it is my favorite. I miss it when something else plays in its place. I am very interested in buying videos or DVDs of this great show, and wish someone would offer them for sale like Time Life did the Christy series. BW
I'm a fan of High Chaparral and especially Cameron Mitchell. Jörgen Sundberg Sweden
Well HC was is and will be the authentic image for Western films. I am young to say much but I saw HC in sattelitle channel 20 years ago. I was 14 years old. All cast were just remarkable.... Especially Manolito with his crazy smile and of course his TV sister, Linda Cristal, one of the prettiest ladies that appears in Hollywood. She was the sweetest woman and her sad look made us all (at least men) thinking to take part at the HC just to be with her... I am trying hard to attend to the convention, on August, but I have a delay to get my visa from the embassy. I hope I will be finished with that this week and be there. It will cost me something more but it's worth it. This reunion is a very good idea and congratulations to the people who organized it... I am absolutely sure that many fans will do the best they can to assist. Which member of the cast will be there? If anyone knows, please inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry about my bad English, and let's get together in LA. We have seen a lot of bad movies in DVD..... So, I think its imperative need to see this finest Quality Film series on DVD. Pantelis Athens
My congratulations on your hard work in building this website, which is a fitting tribute to The High Chaparral, which will live on in the hearts of people the world over. Mark Antony
Hello, My name is Patricio Del Castillo (45). It caused me much sadness knowing that the series were not on sale. I remember these series being the way to reunite my family and friends. I'd say that it's a series that does not leave reality, since it reunites family and friends from different cultures and teaches them, or better yet, demonstrates that no matter how old you may be or where you are from, there is always a way to solve the problems that any family can encounter. I moved from Chile 23 years ago and a countless amount of people have asked me to order or buy them this series. I'd be more than grateful for anyone who may provide me with copies. (email@example.com) Thank you!
I'd just like to say that I enjoyed watching High Chaparral back in the 70's when I was a pre-teen and teenager, and I enjoy it just as much now as I did back then. My favorite character on the show was Manolito (Henry Darrow was fantastic in that roll!) and as a young girl I was madly in love with Manolito....I've grown up some since then, and have been married for 23 years and have had two children since those days, but I have to say there will always be a special place in my heart for Manolito Montoya!!! I especially enjoyed the scenes involving Don Sebastian Montoya (Frank Silvera) and Manolito, when they would argue with each other. No matter how heated the argument, there was evident between the two such a great deal of affection for one another. All of the actors on the show did a great job in their roles, and as the seasons progressed, Blue's character seemed to mature into a likeable and mature individual from the whiney, immature boy that first appeared in the early episodes. I couldn't stand him in the early episodes...but later, when his character was dropped from the show, I really missed him. I liked Bonanza also, but High Chaparral was much more "realistic" in my opinion and I still watch the show on Hallmark. I would absolutely LOVE to see it come out on DVD because I would just HAVE to have ANY and ALL episodes that were made available. I wanted to attend the reunion this summer but unfortunately I won't be able to. I look forward to hearing all about it and hopefully seeing some photos of the reunion from some of the other members of the HCDG. Thanks for a great show! Cathy H.
I was raised in Arizona and started watching the show in 1969 when I was eight years old. It instilled a life long love of the Old West and Arizona History. I would think that the copy right holders would do very well by releasing the reruns on video or DVD. I certainly would buy them all! Thanks for the web site and keep up the great work. Greg
I loved The High Chaparral when I first saw it 30 years ago, the characters always stayed in my mind. I am now enjoying it again and it is as fresh as ever. Congratulations to all involved in this great western. How about the series on DVD, IT WOULD BE A WINNER! Raelene Dean Australia
I'm honored to be the first Mississippian to sign your guest book. I was a fan of the High Chaparral from the very beginning, with a special fondness for Buck and Mano, and my appreciation for the show hasn't diminished with the years. Like so many others, I wish the powers that be would release it on DVD, but in the meantime, I'll try to be content with the episodes I've taped over the years and its current run on Hallmark. Many thanks for an excellent web site! Melissa, Yazoo County, Mississippi
Wishing all of you the best! And thanks for the great cowboy memories!!! Sure do wish we had Westerns back on TV again! Those were the days!
I am a fan of High
Chaparral and Bonanza as well as The Big Valley. I hope all of these great
Westerns come out on DVD.
I loved High Chaparral, especially Manolito, Buck and Victoria and the theme is one of my all-time favorites. S. Brown
My name is Lynne and when I was growing up this show was on the top of my list for being one of the most entertaining. It would be great to see it back on the box with the others.
I loved the contrast between the ranch and the activities beyond. Nice characters, good storylines, scenery, the lot. I visited the set in 1968 and I also went to Tombstone. Wish I could join you! Have a great time. Susan Woolf
The High Chaparral has always been one of my favorite Westerns, mainly because it's more realistic than many other series. It shows a family struggling to create a ranch and a life in Arizona, as well as one trying to deal with its sometimes dysfunctional relationships. The cast in this show is exceptional, including some who played relatively minor roles. Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal, Don Collier -- all exceptional talents who made this show a joy to watch. It's a pleasure to be able to see episodes from High Chaparral again on Hallmark, and I would love to see episodes made available on DVD's. S. Grote
I am a big fan of High Chaparral. Manolito was my favorite character from the show but I really loved them all. Unfortunately, don't get to see it much on TV anymore. I sure wish someone could do something about bringing back those great Westerns like HC and Lancer. That was a hint Mr. Dortort. LOL Winnie
Just wanted to add my two cents on a show I never missed as a young teenager in Ohio. Buck was my favorite and I enjoyed so much when he was the lead character. And he always said such words of wisdom in that down home spun that made it worth listening to. David , you made two great Westerns. I know you are proud of them and you deserve to be. I hope you get to enjoy this gathering with some die hard fans. I would definitely be interested in seeing this show on DVD form. Jan
Hi, I have very fond memories of watching this wonderful Western when I was younger. My family would all gather around and watch it together. It would be great to be able to see it again on DVD, I would be in line to purchase if it were to come available. Thanks for the memories!!! I wish you all well! Brenda Wilkins
Thank you, Mr. Dortort, for creating High Chaparral. A big thank you, also, to the people who made it happen: the writers, actors, make-up artists, costume designers, etc. You all worked together to make something special that has lasted many years. I was a few weeks short of my 14th birthday, in the hospital recovering from surgery to repair an injury received in a car accident. My roommate insisted we watch High Chaparral. I was hooked. The show sustained me through the rest of my recovery. It reappeared on reruns while I was losing my father to cancer. It's back in my life again, just in time. High Chaparral has been the inspiration for some of my writing--not very good stuff early on, and not so bad stuff lately. Indirectly, through the recent writing, it has motivated me to serve lunch to my pre-schoolers in Spanish. (Example: "Quien queire frijoles verdes? Manos arribas.") They have learned to say "Si', por favor." If High Chaparral were available on DVD it would be on my list of necessary purchases. Actually, it would be the whole list. I don't even have a DVD player, and I'd buy it anyway. Elsa Rash
Once again, this was a home run for Mr. Dortort! This show just keeps on giving and giving... I loved it as a child, a teen and now enjoy it as an adult. Thank you for another great show that made a difference ... Karen "deer"
Is it silly to learn from a fictional TV show? How families interact, how they’ll always be there, how people love each other even when they fight, how a woman can be as strong as the strongest man, how to stand up for what you believe in, how to forgive, how to be brave, when not to fight, what hard work can accomplish, going after a dream. The beauty of the desert, the wonder of horses. What better lessons and role models could a 13-year-old have in 1968? High Chaparral taught me so much, though I didn’t know it at the time. That very shy 13-year-old was too busy learning what to look for in a man on those Sunday nights at 9:00. Such variety – oh, such looks. And so real. I still marvel at the complexity of each and every character. If the bunk house boys got a little less screen time than desired, it never lessened their ability to captivate. When Joe appeared, he had my heart. So, thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful program that meant so much to me and taught me so much. And I hope Bob Hoy doesn’t mind that I’ve never quite gotten over that crush. Ginny, Bermuda Dunes
114. Susanville, California, USA
I loved this show and I still whistle the theme song, much to the dismay of my co-workers. I won't be able to attend the convention, but my heart is there. Thank you for a great show, and many others besides. Tory Fischer
I enjoyed The High Chaparral very much. Big John was gruff but not uncaring. Victoria was caught between her husband, stepson, brother-in-law, father and brother and STILL managed to be a lady. Don Sebastian was a rogue to say the least. Mano was a con artist and a charmer and we loved him for it. Blue was a sensitive young man caught in a world he wasn't quite happy in. Buck is very hard to describe. He was one minute tough as nails and the next totally crazy! He was quite a character. Always loved Sam, Joe, Pedro, Vaquero and the others - they were a good crew. High Chaparral will always rate as one of my favorite Westerns. I'm hearing the theme song in my head as I write. I have the Whitman hardcover book that came out in the late 60s or early 70s during the run of the series. The one that was the Authorized TV Edition. Also have two Bonanza, the Annette books, The Rat Patrol etc. If I didn't get 'em when I was a kid I get them now.
I watched High Chaparral on its first showing in the U.K., on BBC2, and was hooked from the beginning. Back then Blue was my favourite character but as I grew older I got to like Manolito as well. Liked the grittiness of the series, and the exciting storylines. Still love it now. Kate P
The reunion plans sound great. Wish I could come but there are priorities in life sometimes that take over our desires. Sure wish we had reunions that look as great for other shows too. Will this be an annual event? (Asked in a hopeful tone and planning for next year.)
I am enjoying watching HC and Bonanza on Hallmark.
My first love in Westerns was and still is The Big Valley but I liked Chaparral a lot, especially Cameron Mitchell. Linda
It's hard to say something that hasn't already been said! I love this show and would pay just about any amount of money for a set of DVDs. I too was just a "kid" when it came on, but I can honestly say that the eps are still worthy of my time! I and some other ladies from another chatgroup would also love to see "Alias Smith & Jones" episodes available either on VHS or DVD. I would also like to see some network (Hallmark Channel?) show "Lancer" episodes. Thanks for a great show! Debbie Kruckemeyer in Missouri
Dear Chaparral Cast: It might seem a little unreal that so many people are still fans of "The High Chaparral" after so many years, but after a few nights of watching television during this decade, it really isn't a mystery. Very little, if any, of today's television programming has the courage or the talent to do what your show did 30+ years ago. And that is why we are all still fans! Luckily for us, we can still tell those of you present today, how much we love "Chaparral" and how strong it still stands. Thank you for all your hard work in the desert - we really appreciate it! Best Regards, Ann B. Boise, Idaho
At age just turned 14, I tuned in to watch the pilot episode of "The High Chaparral" in September of 1967, upon hearing Mark Slade would be in it - and was immediately captivated by it's gritty realism, and incredible cast. It's no surprise that this wonderful, unprecedented TV Western has such a huge following of very loyal fans - there still is nothing like it anywhere, and we get the same feeling watching the reruns now, more than 35 years later! Kathy Lewis
Ah Mano! My heart goes flippety flop! Eve
The High Chaparral was the most influential Western of my childhood. The theme music haunted me for decades until I found this website. Manolito was my hero and I wanted to be just like him. A perfect older brother image to an only child. I turned out pretty well because of it. That and Louis Lamour Westerns.
This series has to be the BEST Western ever made, bar none. I watched it religiously when it came on in the late 60's and early 70's. If they ever put it on disc I'll be first in line!! I'm one of their biggest fans!!! I love you guys!!! Guess Manolito and Blue were my favorites but then they all were, so hard to choose!!! Wish I could go to the reunion but I just stumbled across this site and it's too late for me now...sniff sniff. If anyone has anything from the show to sell please contact me!! (See email address below). Sincerely, Ms. Charlie Linnear Pleasant View, TN. 37146 Extazzz@yahoo.com
126. Findlay, Ohio
I loved it as I love all Westerns. Hoppybob
A big thank-you to all the people responsible for bringing High Chaparral to life over 30 years ago! In my opinion HC was the best Western ever created for television. It was and still is a perfect melding of wonderful scripts, talented actors, realistic imperfect characters, beautiful cinematography and a great soundtrack. The shows are timeless. I really wish HC would be released on DVD so that we could once again see the shows as the directors intended them to be seen instead of the edited down versions currently available on cable. JD
My brother loves this show so much - I came onto the website trying to find a way to buy a DVD collection of the shows. If one ever becomes available, I would like to buy it!
I ALWAYS WATCHED THE HIGH CHAPARRAL AND WOULD WATCH IT NOW IF POSSIBLE. I HOPE THE SERIES WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON IN VHS AND/OR DVD. GARY GRAY
I was always interested in the historicity of the show - if, for example, a Victoria would have actually married a John Cannon; if a Victoria's life would have been much harder than that depicted on the show. I am also interested in John Cannon's view of Manifest Destiny - if he believed he truly had a God-given right to Apache land. Today, would Henry Darrow have been replaced by a Latino actor? Buck and the son seem the most realistic of the characters. It is too bad we don't see grown offspring of the Cannons, who - like some of their peers in Faulkner's novels - probably would have left their small community to attend college in the east. I can see Victoria's daughter at Smith; her son at Harvard. I can see their great-great grandchildren returning to re-establish roots in Mexico. I believe in the view that John Cannon would have married a Latina; but, historically, would she have been aristocratic? This couple was romanticized, but so was Custer in the eponymous TV series of about the same time. In the 60s and early 70s, historicity was not a real claim to Westerns. Even "Billy Jack", taking the Native American view, was sometimes so oddball. Any thoughts? The American Western is a small yet still neglected part of history and literature classes in the university. Deborah from Mass.
I would like to join the many fans of HC in requesting that the series be made available on DVD for fans to purchase for their home libraries! Please, please, please.... Penny Galecki,
I watched High Chaparral growing up and have such fond memories of the characters and the wonderful actors who portrayed them. Thanks to all who made this great show!! If there's ever an HC reunion on the East Coast - I'm there!! Kelly in OH
Always stood by my TV waiting for High Chaparral to come on. NOT only was it the best Western to air on TV, but the great fight scenes with the Indians, and of course my other reason for watching was VICTORIA.
A MUST FOR DVD. THE FANS OF THE SHOW LIKE MYSELF NEED TO SEE THIS ON DVD
Absolutely one of the best Westerns ever on television. The characters seem real. The production was top rate.
I'd like to add my thank you to the creators of all the fine Westerns that graced our TV screens in the past, High Chaparral and Bonanza among them. They brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people. I'd like to vote for putting them on DVD! Bet/ Oregon/ USA
I was too young to remember it from it's first run, but I always enjoy watching Westerns from the 50s and 60s in reruns. Shows from then are much better than most of what is made today, in my opinion. It would be nice to be able to buy High Chaparral on DVD or video so people can see whatever is missing when they watch it on American channels that now cut older shows to fit in more and more commercials. My high school was located on a street named Chaparral and everyday when I passed the street sign, it would make me think of your show. (By the way, I'm only a few miles from the border of the as of yet missing state of West Virginia but I guess that doesn't count.) Susan Webmaster Note: Since you are so close, maybe you know someone who was a fan who is from West Virginia? In a couple places John says he is from West Virginia, though it probably wasn't a state at the time. Charlotte
I remember being so happy when my parents said I was old enough to stay up and watch ALL of High Chaparral. I loved Blue, the young man who was fighting to find his place in life, I wanted Buck to be my uncle and Mano to be my friend. This was a show that had all the elements of a good Western -- action, brave men & women, the good guys win (most of the time) -- but what really sticks in my mind now is how it portrayed the Mexican characters as real, three-dimensional people. I'm not Hispanic, there were no Hispanics in my neighborhood or school, and this was a show that gave equal importance to their characters and their heritage. I didn't realize until much later in life that my perception of Hispanics had been adjusted to the good by this show. Thank you for this, and for a plain-old rip-roaring good time. Becky
Personally I can't comment on this show because I don't know anything about it. But I could say Westerns done in the 60's were done far better than what is out there today. And I do like the Westerns and science fiction shows a lot. My number one favorite of westerns is Big Valley and always will be. Followed by some Bonanza. But many fans and viewers seem to believe High Chaparral is a good Western. I wouldn't mind taking a look at it to see what I missed out on.
I'd prefer to remain anonymous, but I was really hoping to find that the series was available on VHS or DVD. My best friend is a big fan and it would have made a great birthday gift!!!!
Bien dicen que lo bueno nunca se olvida; y de esta forma quiero brindar una y mil felicitaciones a los actores asi tambien como a cada miembro dentro de esta pelicula, Tecnicos, escritores, camarografos en fin a todo el Elenco de "El Gran Chaparral" el cual lo mire hace muchos algunos anos por el Canal 11 de Guatemala Centro America. Felicitaciones. Mi Nombre: Francisco A. Alvarez Fernandez. firstname.lastname@example.org
are wise to say that what is good is never forgotten; for this reason I wish to
toast not once, but indeed a thousand times, the actors as well as each
participant on this show – technicians, writers, cinematographers – in short
the entire membership of “The High Chaparral”, which I used to watch many
years ago on Channel 11, in Guatemala, in Central America.
My name: Francisco A. Alvarez Fernandez email@example.com
Manolito or Buck? I never could choose! I just wanted to *shake* John sometimes for how he treated his son. But isn't that what really good shows offer - you care so much for the characters? Well, I *did*! Karen
mary - louisiana - This is a great, classic Western!
I'm so glad to hear that the show is being released on DVD! I remember the show being on Sunday nights at one point and watching it with my dad. These wonderful shows from the 60s and 70s deserve to be remembered and enjoyed by us and future generations! Barb Mulligan Webmaster note: Oh, if that were only true . . . We are doing our best to encourage the release on DVD, but no word yet that I am aware of.
Ya just don't get good TV like those good ol' Westerns of years gone by. Wouldn't it be great if High Chaparral along with other great Westerns like The Big Valley were on DVD. That's QUALITY TV! SandiH
High Chaparral is my 2nd favorite Western, (Sorry, Bonanza is and always will be #1). Although, I didn't like John at first, I did come to like him later, when he started treating Victoria better. I was a young teen when it started, so my favorite was Blue. Ginny
I loved watching The High Chaparral when I was a kid and would definitely be interested in having the series available on DVD.
MY HUSBAND & I ARE GREAT FANS OF THE SHOW. WE WATCH EVERY WEEK ON THE HALLMARK CHANNEL. THANKS TO A PATIENT AT THE OFFICE WHERE I WORK, WE FOUND THIS WEB SITE & NOW KNOW OF THE CONVENTION. I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT IT. ANTHONY & SHARON SAWYER PHILADELPHIA, PA
I really appreciate being able to see High Chaparral on the Hallmark Channel. As a life-long fan of Westerns, I have especially enjoyed High Chaparral because of the location of the story and where the series was filmed. I lived in Tucson when the production was ongoing. So seeing the program again brings back old memories. I am looking forward to seeing it on DVD. Jim Ryan, Lacey, WA
I was a kid of ten or so when the High Chaparral played on New Zealand TV. Out whole family would be together at that slotted time and we watched. We all loved the spirit of this Western. The marvelous characters and well written stories. When I think of my childhood - part of it was the High Chaparral. I have seen the odd episode on TV since those days and my feelings for the show are just as strong today.
I saw HC when it first aired. My sister liked Manolito. For some reason I liked Uncle Buck - must have been that rugged, bad boy thing. I'm not addicted to the show, but still watch it whenever I happen to catch it on the Hallmark channel. Eleanor
I always record The High Chaparral, which shows on Hallmark Channel at 11:00 am MST on Saturdays. I love the show and think it has more Western authenticity than any other Western show. It does depict the Arizona desert living in Southern Arizona very well. I wish we had programs like that now!! Paul Cullor, Sr., New River, Arizona
Greetings from Vermont! I have been a great fan of High Chaparral since the series first aired in the sixties. I was about ten years old when it first came on; throughout my adult life I have been happy to find it in reruns on various channels in the many places I have lived. It was on in Texas on Saturday nights in the early 1980's and on Los Angeles Channel 5 weekdays at noon in the late 80's. Now I'm watching it again on Hallmark in Vermont. I believe the most outstanding qualities of High Chaparral are its strong, well-developed characters and its forward-thinking, multi-culturalism. On a less lofty note, I have always had a thing for Sam & Joe. I'm a lurker and occasional contributor to HCDG. I enjoy the posts and the dedication of the fans. Best wishes to all of you who are able to attend the reunion - as a former resident of Long Beach, I would most certainly be there if I could. Vermont is a long way from the West, and I miss it! Happy trails! Laurabel
This is the best Western EVER!!! Manolito is the hottest hunk around! All the girls in the dorms watch him with me on Saturday afternoons. It's great fun! I wish there were more Westerns this good. I mean, really, you can't get any better than Manolito! -Kim (UW Husky)
I appreciate the High Chaparral and other Westerns. They are exciting and provide prime entertainment. I enjoy them immensely! My mom is like the hugest fan ever, so put the High Chaparral on DVD and maybe I'll have an easy Christmas present. Mike (son of Denise)
I remember this show well, as soon as I heard the opening theme music! Yes, Buck & Manolito were my favourites. Without episodes on DVD I'll never see it again :(. Down in this part of the world Westerns haven't been screened for a while. It would sure be great to catch episodes of a fine Western again. Lyn
I was in my early teens when HC first came out and watched it on and off. Glad to see the episodes that I missed back then on the Hallmark Channel. It also has the best theme song of all TV Westerns of all time. Didn't know that there were lyrics to the song until I saw it on this website. Beautiful lyrics. I didn't have a favorite character when I first watched it. Watching it now as an adult female I have to say that Victoria is my favorite. The lady is strong-minded, high-spirited, dauntless and at the same time tender, loving and caring. Like everyone else I too hope for DVD releases on this great show. - Ann
Dear Staff, I just found out about the Reunion. Wished I could be there, even when I just could see a glimpse of my Heroes starring in my mind while I was still a young kid. I will join the Reunion in my mind, hoping it will be a great success. Manolito Forever!!! And keep smiling. Kind regards from the City of Groningen Gert
I always enjoyed watching Victoria and Blue on the High Chaparral. Margaret
Howdy! I love watching High Chaparral! I am probably one of the show's youngest fans as well, at 16 yrs old! :) I just finished watching 2 very good episodes, and just thought I would sign your guest book. :) Thanks for this great site!! God bless you, ~Anna~
I enjoy Westerns and would appreciate seeing them available on DVD. That way more people could experience shows like the High Chaparral.
I watched the show with my grandparents as a kid and now love to see as an adult. Would love to see it come out on DVD or video in it's original uncut version. Thanks to those fans who provide the service of making tapes for the rest of us!! Kim Charlotte, North Carolina
I watched 'HIGH CHAPARRAL" MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO AND I REALLY LIKED IT
THEN. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT ON VIDEO OR DVD. IT WAS A GREAT WESTERN AND MY
MUM, DAD AND ENTIRE FAMILY LIKE IT. IF YOU CAN HELP ME IN OBTAINING THE VIDEO OR DVD OF HIGH CHAPARRAL CONTACT ME ON
This was always my favorite Western and I have been waiting very impatiently for DVD's to be released. I love watching it in reruns, but would love to see them all uncut and back to the original. Barb Arnold, born and raised in Iowa, but now living in California, if that helps the state count??
I remember watching the High Chaparral when I was five years old. I had a crush on Mano, but the cast member I admired the most was Victoria. Her beautiful black hair and that wonderful accent. And she was oh so beautiful! I thought she and John made the most wonderful couple. I loved the character of Don Sebastian too! And there was something about Uncle Buck that reminded me of one of my own uncles that endeared him to me too. I adored Linda Cristal over the years, and in 1998 got the thrill of my life when I met her at an autograph show in Anaheim. After meeting her sons in the Canon Ranch on the Internet and emailing them back and forth (which was highly cool), I met both of them, Linda, and Henry Darrow, when I flew from Virginia to California for the express purpose of meeting Linda. I wasn't disappointed at all. Henry was handsome and quite a gentleman. Linda was beautiful, gracious, and absolutely delightful. My prized possession is a photo her son, Jordan, took of me with both Henry and Linda -- a wonderful reminder of such a wonderful day. I also had the opportunity to meet Bob Hoy in Charlotte, NC, in 1996 at the Annual Western Film Festival there. That year was a tribute to Stunt Men. Bob, like Henry and Linda, was an absolute delight to meet. He filled in some of the behind the scenes info which was quite interesting. High Chaparral was a truly great Western. I wish I could have met Big John and Uncle Buck! A great cast, great scripts, a great executive director - thank you Mr. Dortort. All we need now is to put the series on VHS and DVD so we can enjoy it for posterity! Tina Sweet, Staunton, VA
I remember watching the High Chaparral as a teen. I loved it back then and I still enjoy watching it now.
THE HIGH CHAPARRAL IS ONE OF MY BEST MEMORIES I'VE GOT FROM MY CHILDHOOD. I REMEMBER ALL MY FAMILY WATCHING IT EVERY WEEK. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF MY PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER AMONG US, AS WELL AS SOME OF THE CHAPARRAL, BUT THEIR FEELING WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART. I BEGAN WATCHING THE SERIES IN THE SEVENTIES, (THE TIME I GREW UP) AND IT'S STILL MY FAVOURITE. NOWADAYS, WE CAN'T SEE IT IN ARGENTINA, NOT EVEN IN HALLMARK CHANNEL, BECAUSE IT SEEMS THERE'S A DIFFERENT LIST OF PROGRAMS FOR SOUTH AMERICA. PABLO ALZUGARAY DEWEY
COM CERTEZA CHAPARRAL FOI O MELHOR SERIADO SOBRE O OESTE AMERICANO QUE VOCES JAH FIZERAM. CONSEGUIRAM MESCLAR MUITO BEM A VIDA DURA, AGRESTE, SOFRIDA COM DOSES DE AMOR FAMILIAR, UNIAO, PAIXAO.. MUITO BOM E BONITO DE SE ASSISTIR. PARABENS AO PRODUTOR DO FILME E TODOS OS ATORES QUE CONSEGIRAM COM REALISMO TRAZER ATE A NOSSA GERACAO UM FILME TAO MARCANTE. VOCES DEVEM LANCAR ESTE FILME EM DVD E DAR ACESSO PARA AQUELES QUE UM DIA SE DELICIARAM COM ESTE SERIADO TORNEM A VE-LO. AGORA NAO PERMITAM REMAKE POIS DIFICILMENTE TERIAMOS OUTRO LEIF, CAMERON, MARK,HENRY E LINDA CRISTAL. OUTRA NOTA IMPORTANTE: A MUSICA DE ABERTURA DO HIGH CHAPARRAL FOI SIMPLESMENTE INESQUECIVEL E BELA PARABENS !! ISABELE SANTIAGO - SAO PAULO-BRASIL
“Chaparral” was the best series about the American West that was ever made.
It was able to mix, extremely well, the hard life, the wild desert, the
patiently forborne suffering, the proportion of family love, unity, and passion
very well and it was also very pretty to watch.
Congratulations to the producer of the show, and to all the actors that
brought such realism to our generation in
such an impressive show. You should
offer this show on DVD and give others access to the series so that they can
enjoy it, which they will if they have a chance to see it.
Now please don’t allow a remake -
how difficult would it be to find another Leif, Cameron, Mark, Henry and Linda
Cristal? Another important note: The
music at the beginning of High Chaparral was simply unequalled and for that,
Would love to have shows on tape or DVD! I missed the one I really wanted to see in season two.
I fell in love with the series-and especially Buck!- as a child, and can hardly believe just how well it has stood the test of time. I am no longer a child (I wish!!) but watching my faded old taped episodes today (oh, please bring it out on DVD!!) I can remember just how much the story-lines affected me, and how I would've loved to have been part of the Cannon family. The humour, compassion and originality of this show makes it so special, as do the superb performances of the entire cast-as I said, Buck was my favourite, and Cameron Mitchell was fabulous in the role, but everyone involved, in whatever capacity, did a tremendous job. No other Western has, or ever will, move me to laughter and tears like "The High Chaparral" - it will always be a very special part of my life. Thank-you to everyone associated with it. Jacky Westoby
Just learned of this site - thanks for the information on available programs - looking forward to watching upcoming episodes, especially on DVD, and I hope the reunion is also broadcast. Cherie
High Chaparral will always be my favorite show of all times! My best friend in school told me that I had to watch it to see this gorgeous guy in it (Blue). So I tuned in and from that day I too had a wild crush, but my crush was on Henry Darrow. I am in my early forties now, with a family of my own. I must admit that Henry still makes my heart race!!!!!! When I first began to watch the show it was around 1974 and it was played in the late afternoon. I was going through a very difficult time in my life. Both of my parents were very ill, my father in particular. Due to his illness we had to move and the kids in the area were far from friendly. What a wonderful escape it was for me when I watched the show!! I truly have a warm spot in my heart for you all. The show really took my mind off of all the sadness that I was feeling. I continued to be a fan to you all 'til this day. You are all wonderfully gifted and talented performers. I just wanted you all to know what you did for one very sad teenage girl many years ago. I hope the reunion is a great success, filled with many laughs, happy memories, and a lot of catching up between friends. Wish I could be there!!!! I hope this site's webmaster takes pity on those of us devotees that are unable to attend and prints photos and info about the reunion! Hope it's a blast!!!! Fondly, Diane P.S. Would be the first in line to purchase DVD's of High Chaparral!!
It's such a great show. I wish the episodes would be made available on DVD. Carolyn
I heard of this reunion today. If I'd heard of it before, I would have attended! For me HC is the ultimate TV Show of all times! Regards, Jens Petter Bull
I wish that we had the good programs like "High Chaparral" now. My Dad is 81 years old and he thoroughly enjoys the old Westerns and we were just talking about all that we enjoyed and I found you on the internet. Thank you for letting us enjoy this show for 4 years. Jill Waters
Buck was the star of High Chaparral as far as I was concerned. He was one of the best and ever will be. I loved every single horse they ever had, every classy cowboy move. I loved sitting at the table with them eating supper and chatting about the day's work - okay, I wasn't really there in body but I sure was in spirit - weren't we all. High Chaparral is the best.
I am from Florida and the The High Chaparral was my favorite Western when I was growing up. I would love to be able to get copies of the shows on DVD. Holly Westmoreland
I first saw High Chaparral in 1987 when I was 12 and fell instantly in love with Manolito. I would sit for hours writing HC stories with my cousin and I still have them now 16 years on. And I still love Mano. The whole cast was great and I remember how overjoyed I was when BBC repeated it and I taped loads of episodes. My fave being one where Manolito played guitar and sang. Unfortunately we had a house fire in 2001 and I lost them all. So I would love to see the complete series released on DVD/Video as I haven't seen it here for ages. Hope this happens soon. Jane Southampton England
I would love to see them again. It holds the same sentiment as a summer breeze or southerly busters and when the world seemed less complicated.
I miss the reruns on TV. Or for that matter, reruns of any of the good old Westerns from the 60's to the 80's! They were the best... My favorite on the show was Sam.. Don Collier...Then Joe, Then Victoria, then Pedro!
Would love to get quality VHS or DVD's of the show's episodes. I recorded mine way back in the 80's, when reruns were showing...They are getting worn out now. High Chaparral was one of the best westerns! Am disappointed in The Western Channel on Cable. They never show the older episodes of Westerns, except for Gunsmoke. All they show are older Western movies, and most are not worth watching. So, let's either get some quality VHS or DVD's of the show, or at least air the program on The WESTERN Channel! Ann
I would be interested in buying a DVD set if available. R. Bell
I wish I could buy The High Chaparral series. I grew up with them. It would bring back so many good memories. Bill
Hi, I live in New Jersey and am an avid High Chaparral fan. I'm 47 years old and watched the show when it first aired. I have remained faithful to the program because of the challenging topics it tackled and the relationships between the memorable characters. Since I've watched the show since its inception, I would certainly GLADLY buy the entire series on DVD, if some production company would ever release it. I do not have access to the Hallmark Channel, so have not been able to view reruns since before the Family Channel changed its format. Perhaps a petition would be effective posted on your website that could be constantly added to then emailed to Columbia House or some other production company listing people who would buy the discs. Thanks.
I only remember watching this show after it was cut. I would sneak into the familyroom and turn on the television. I fell in love with Blue. He was so cute and 'needy'...Now, 20 years later, I realize how truly whiney he was...but at the time, I wanted to heal his hurts and wrap my arms around him. Rebecca Gregory
I didn't see Missouri as one of the states included in the 43 states represented but we are not among the "7 missing" either. I know that I posted my entry and have seen others from Missouri on the
guest book log. What happened? I know my math is bad but not that bad. Please help me out and again I would very much like to see HC on DVD/VHS. Thank for this opportunity to respond-again.
Webmaster Note: My mistake. I inadvertently listed Minnesota twice (too many states begin with "Mi", you see). Actually, Missouri was one of the states in fourth place position. Only five other states had more entries than Missouri. It has been corrected on the official State Standings page. Thanks for pointing it out. Charlotte
We needed good programs, like the High Chaparral, when it first aired in 1971--and we need them even more now! Is it possible to start an internet petition (like those used in grassroots politics: moveon.org, etc) to make our numbers known??? I would love to have the entire collection of HC on DVD-- and would love to see a new series, as well. Ariel, Flagstaff, AZ
To me, even as a child, it was clearly the best TV Western, period. It still holds up to this very day. The realism was unmatched, the scripts outstanding. It was all in the details. Having it run again on The Hallmark Channel is a long overdue pleasure on Saturday afternoons. However, having unedited DVD copies would be a dream come true! John Drake
I did not watch this show when it was first shown but now have become a great fan of it since it has been shown on Hallmark. Hope they don't take it off.
At last I have found this site! I look forward to finding out some more about one of my favourite TV progs. I am also looking forward to some news on DVD's - hope it can happen. Thanks for all the info, I love reading it. Carolyn.
I loved the show and watched as I was getting my PhD and then during my postdoc in Calif. Even visited the Old Tucson set while in San Diego. An unusual combination of characters (actors), superb writing, and you can't beat southern Arizona for views. I will certainly buy those DVD's if the darn things are ever made. Paul
From falling in love with Manolito all those years ago, through hours of acting out scenes and writing my own scripts and storyboards as a teen, to an adult who thought I must be the only closet HC lover alive - the joy of finding this website knows no bounds! I am not alone! WOW!
193. Washington State
The Hallmark Channel has not run the High Chaparral for the last two weeks, so I had to find some way to stay connected to the show. I hope they will sell the series on DVD so I can watch whenever I want. Cindi McCoskey
Watched HC from being about 10 years old on BBC2. Had a gigantic crush on Blue (Mark Slade). Loved all the episodes. You really could believe they were a real family fighting against the odds. I also used to wonder how the lovely Victoria always used to look so glamorous in the middle of the Tucson desert?! I for one would love to see it come out on DVD!! JULIE
I loved watching HC as a child and was thrilled to bits when they aired it on Granada plus. I watched as many episodes as I could and taped as much as I could. Still watch it now whenever I can. I just love everything about the program (especially Mano, phoar! :oD). Would love to be able to buy it on DVD! Mandy xx
Please make this great series available on DVD. HC is one of my fondest childhood memories and it is the best Western series ever made. By the way great page!
I am a child of the 60's, so naturally I would be interested in web sites about TV shows that were made in the 60's. My dad was as big a fan of Westerns as I was. My earliest memory of my late dad was watching High Chaparral with him. From the earliest I could remember, I was hooked on the show. Everything about the show was first rate and authentic. The acting, the actors (Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow) and the actresses. From the sets of the show to the Indians. You could almost feel the heat and the choking dust of the Arizona desert summer. Also, the show portrayed everyone equally, something that was rare in the 60's. But the most important part of the show that I will always remember is the opening theme music. Wow! What a great opening theme. 60's Western TV shows always had great opening theme music and the opening theme to High Chaparral belongs up there with Gunsmoke, The Big Valley and Bonanza.
Does anyone know if the HC-series can be bought on VHS or DVD? Please let me know then!! Andreas, Sweden firstname.lastname@example.org
As a kid growing up in South Africa and a family very keen on Westerns, I was bought up watching High Chaparral and I still remember the theme music vividly. My whole family was very fond of this series and I would love to be able to obtain copies of the series on DVD for each member of my family. Our favourite characters were Manolito and Blue.
I remember The High Chaparral from when I was a pre-teen and instantly fell in love with Blue and Manolito! The stories always had a message in there somewhere and showed how the family could overcome against all the odds!! I always marveled at the way Victoria was always so glamourous in the middle of the Arizona desert!! I would really like to see it out on DVD to relive all those wonderful episodes and fall in love with Blue and Mano all over again!!! JULIE
This a wonderfully produced site that helps to capture the whole essence of this Western series. Well done! My favourite episode is 'IT TAKES A SMART MAN' when Richard Bradford played an unforgettable bad guy! Does anyone out there have any stills of Mr. Bradford in this episode? I will pay all costs! Please contact me at Morston77@aol.com
HI EVERYBODY. I LIVE IN THE UK AND WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD A RECENT SHOWING OF THIS TRULY EXCELLENT WESTERN SERIES ON SKY GRANADA PLUS. ALTHOUGH THE SHOWING WAS WELCOMED, UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF THE ENJOYMENT AMD PLEASURE DERIVED FROM THE RE RUNS WAS SOMEWHAT SPOILED BY SOME COMMERCIAL EDITING WITH CONSEQUENT SHORTENED EPISODES BEING SHOWN. FOR THIS REASON I WOULD REALLY WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THE UNCUT EPISODES ON DVD, AND NOW FEEL THAT 30 ODD YEARS HAVING ELAPSED FROM THE SERIES FINISHING ITS HIGH TIME THE POWERS THAT BE SHOULD DECIDE TO GRASP THE METTLE AND GIVE THE OK FOR A GENERAL DVD RELEASE. I AM SURE I JOIN ALL FANS IN EARNESTLY HOPING THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. I JUST CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THEM. HERE'S HOPING. REGARDS AND BEST WISHES FROM ENGLAND UK.
Thanks for all the great details about my favorite Western of all time. I saw it first as a kid during its original run... the scenery, the characters, the stories - it can't be beat. Don't forget to go to the Hallmark Channel website and let them know how happy you are to have it back on TV. If enough of us do that it will hopefully remain to brighten our Saturdays :) Bill
I was a young girl of 13 when I discovered HC reruns in Oklahoma City. I fell madly in love with the character of Manolito (Henry Darrow). To this day I still find long-forgotten drawings of hearts with his name on the walls of my garage. He will always hold a very special place in my heart as we never forget our "first love". I was ecstatic to discover him in the new "Zorro" on the family channel and managed to tape the majority of them. I got brave and wrote to the network and was rewarded with a cast photo. I will cherish it always. Whenever I need a reason to smile, I can always think back to that long, hot summer of my youth when I lived in anticipation of 3 P.M. and that theme song that caused my knees to wobble and my heart to flutter...... Thank each and everyone of the cast for the beautiful memories!!!!! Tricia Laine
I have been a fan of "High Chaparral" since it first aired. I have visited "Old Tucson" and the sound stage there many times in the early 1970's. Since then I have watched the show in syndication whenever it has been available. My favorite character has always been "Buck" because he is a "champion of the down and out". I would love to get some DVD's of many episodes of this show. I am currently in Florida, but my "home" is New Hampshire. Carol T.
I would very much appreciate if the High Chaparral series is released on DVD and coded for a worldwide distribution. Bengt Aslund Sweden
Growing up, I never saw The High Chaparral in first-run primetime. I think it was on opposite The Carol Burnett Show in Dallas, and that was a big fun family tradition at my house – watching Carol Burnett together on Sunday night, since my father always had to leave for work for the coming week (he traveled for the government) before I woke up on Monday morning. Then I went to college in Tempe, at Arizona State, in 1974, and that’s when I discovered The High Chaparral! I was in my suitemate’s room, watching her tiny black & white TV one Saturday afternoon, when The High Chaparral came on. “Oh, my dad is so in love with that actress that plays Victoria!”, she told me. “He never missed an episode of this show while I was growing up.”
It’s a testament to the fabulous cinematography on The High Chaparral that I fell in love with the Sonoran desert through a little bitty black & white television! And I admit that, though I had come to ASU specifically to major in Spanish, after I first saw Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya, I would’ve changed my major to Spanish if I had been studying something else!
The show took me by complete surprise: here was a Western that wasn’t a simple “black hats vs. white hats” morality play tied up in a neat little package each week. Instead, there were long, continuing story arcs: an angry young man grieving his mother’s sudden death while trying to mature quickly enough to impress his distant father; a previously non-affectionate man learning to love the new wife he never would’ve married had he not been forced to; two wild black sheep brothers (Buck and Mano) discovering what paths they wanted to follow out of the shadows of their older brother and father, respectively; two step-families coming to know, appreciate, and love each other; and three (at least!) different cultures coming to live together in (a sometimes uneasy) peace.
I was a little confused by some of these story arcs back then, because, I was to find out a quarter-century later, the episodes were not originally broadcast on NBC in the same order in which they’d been filmed, and the station in Phoenix was following NBC’s broadcast order. So one week I’d see an episode where John and Victoria were comfortably romantic with each other, but the next week he was calling her Mrs. Cannon and telling her he’d never wanted marry her in the first place; or I’d see John treating Blue with a bit more respect one week, then lecturing him like an errant schoolboy the next.
Many of my classmates at ASU were Native Americans. Two Zuni girls who lived on the same floor of my dorm became good friends of mine. (You can see their pictures, in full Zuni garb, on the back cover of the Arizona Highways magazine from May of 1975). They would love to poke fun at the actors playing Indians in other Westerns. (Kung Fu was particularly hysterical to them: “Wow, look at the five o’clock shadow on that hostin!” they’d chuckle.) But when watching The High Chaparral, they never made fun of the Indians, since they, like the Mexicans, were played by actors who actually had the same heritage as their characters! It was a novel concept then, and unfortunately, it’s still a novel one: you hardly ever see Latino or Native American actors playing Latino and Native American parts on current TV series (network or cable).
After two years at ASU, I went to school in Mexico and then Spain, and didn’t see an episode of The High Chaparral again until I discovered it by accident one day back in Dallas on The Family Channel in 1988! But for 12 years, the characters and stories and values of The High Chaparral had traveled with me. It was a wonderful surprise to finally see it in colour! But it was also disappointing to finish watching an episode and think, “hey, what happened to the scene where…….such-and-such happened?” because TFC had cut it to make room for more commercials. In Arizona, the episodes had been shown uncut, and, over a decade later, I could still remember the missing scenes and lament how their absence made the episode’s storyline more choppy, and less strong. Even worse, as the years went by, and the episodes started to repeat on TFC, even MORE scenes would be cut to make room for even more commercials. And the episodes were still being shown in their original broadcast order, not in their originally filmed order. It was frustrating!
When The Family Channel announced that their new owners were going to drop their Saturday line up of Westerns, I ran to the Internet to find out if The High Chaparral was showing, or was planning on being shown, anywhere else in the nation. Though I was disappointed with the results of that search, it did lead me to The High Chaparral Discussion Group, formed by Sheryl Clay, where I’ve met (both online and in person) some of the most fascinating people I’ve ever known. And through that group, I’ve also had the honour of meeting several of the stars of my favourite show: Henry Darrow, Don Collier, Bob Hoy, and Ted Markland.
Over the past nine years, I’ve become heavily involved in community theatre productions, and so my television viewing has dropped. In the past, my morning ritual, before I left for work, was to set my VCR to tape the shows that would be broadcast that night while I was at a rehearsal or performance, since I wouldn’t be coming home before then, so that I could watch them later. Recently, I have done that less and less. Finally, I realized in May of this year that, since all three Law & Order series were now into reruns for the summer, there was absolutely no reason for me to bother to tape anything that would be on television while I was out for the night!
Yes, current television is THAT bad. If I want to watch TV, I choose a tape, either from my collection, or from the video store, to watch. When I donate platelets biweekly, I always watch a movie tape on the little private TV set up by my cot, rather than what’s on television. The only reason I have cable (basic only!) is so I can get the local channels’ weather reports on the two days every other year when Plano has an ice storm! (It’s impossible to get a TV signal, even for local channels, in the Metroplex without cable.) There is nothing on TV any more that demands my attention with its quality and truthfulness.
That is why I think there would be a huge market for The High Chaparral on DVD. There must be thousands of others who feel the same way I do about the current state of broadcast and cable television, and even if they weren’t originally fans of Westerns in general or of The High Chaparral in particular, if our beloved show became available to the public in this fashion, I know they would become new fans, and as loyal as I am. And if these DVD’s had the episodes uncut (oh, joy!) and (dare I hope!) arranged in FILMED sequence rather than in BROADCAST sequence (oh, rapture!), well, you’d be sure to have a (very profitable, BOFFO) winner.
My most heartfelt thanks go to Mr. Dortort, and to all the stars, cast, crew, locations, and even horses of The High Chaparral! You have been a part of my life for two-thirds of it, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that. It has been a gift. And it would be a wonderful gift to have it offered for sale on DVD, as well. I don’t own a DVD machine, but if The High Chaparral were released on DVD, I would buy one! And I can promise you that I would be directly responsible for at least a dozen new fans, and therefore new buyers!, per month if you gave me the opportunity to show my favourite show to them uncut and in the correct filmed order. Thanks for the memories! Carol Anne Gordon, Plano, Texas
208. The Netherlands
It would make me very happy if the High Chaparral would appear on DVD. Especially the story about Manolito en Mercedes in A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry.I'm verry glad that I found your site about the High Chaparral. At last I found information about the episode A Time to Laugh, A Time to Cry. This episode made a great impression on me. But I have one request, should it be possible for you to send me the picture of Donna Baccala as Mercedes by email. The picture here on your site is too small and technical bad to download. You would make me verry happy if you could do this for me. The name of this picture is Donna Baccala laughing. I hope that my English is not too bad. Marleen Machielse email@example.com
Loved the show-with a special fondness for Buck. It's great to know that others loved it too. Even though it is many years since I've seen it, the show remains vividly in my mind and I truly wish it was available on DVD to enjoy today. I haven't seen an episode in many years but would be thrilled if it was to be shown in re-runs. I can remember as a teenager that it was the highlight of my week, and I relished every minute of the show. It is a shame that there were no videos then, so we couldn't record it for later viewing. No other TV show has ever had such an impact on me - I loved it!! M Jackson
I know several people in Kansas that loved this show and would like to see reruns again. Maybe PAX or 38 the spot could rerun the show. I would love to see this show on video or DVD. Jeanette
I cannot remember ever seeing an episode when it was originally aired in The Netherlands (must have been late sixties/early seventies) but I did see the occasional rerun on the BBC not too long ago. I quite enjoyed it and although I prefer Bonanza because I actually remember watching that I would not hesitate to buy a DVD of The High Chaparral when it comes out. Good luck with your efforts!!! Gert Eggens
I would like to see The High Chaparral on VHS or DVD. I get to see it on cable, but not too often. This was a good, entertaining Western show that, I believe, people would purchase. Thanks!
I also like very much to have High Chaparral on DVD. It's the best Western TV series ever produced. Ilpo Koskela, Oulu, Finland
It would be great to have H.C. on DVD. At age 48, H.C. brings me sweet memories. Being a teenager adoring Mano and Blue Boy, collecting clippings, discussing the episodes with relatives or friends, one scene still scares me (I remember) Indians were hidden in the sand, coming out suddenly. Nowadays I do have one touchable remembrance of H.C.: the soundtrack on CD............ greetings desiree
One of the best Western shows ever produced. My all-time favorite. Hope to get it on DVD soon. Shelman Pelt
I am so amazed to find this website! I watched and became obsessed with "High Chaparral" when it was first on television. My friends liked Blue; my mother liked Manolito. But me--a fourteen year-old girl--I fell in love with Buck. I remember being embarrassed by my feelings--after all, he was an old man! Now, at 48 and rediscovering HC after all these years, I look at his photos and think, hmmm...doesn't look so old now, does he! I loved everything about the show: the environment, the realism, the stories, the family dynamics. I wanted to live there with them, although my 14 y/o mind couldn't quite figure out what my relationship with Buck would be. I haven't seen the show since the 1970's, and haven't thought about it except every once in a while when talking with friends and the subject would come up, and I would go on and on about what a great show it was, the best Western on television, etc etc. Needless to say, life happened, but here I am, becoming obsessed once more with the High Chaparral, and so happy to have found all of you! from Lawry in California
Desperate Australian wishing to buy entire series of show. I can't believe that in this day of electronics we can't even view tapes of the greatest Western series made.
I didn't get to see this show until it went into re-runs in the mid-seventies--but I stayed up to watch it, even though I had to be at work by 6 A.M. the next morning! High Chaparral is the West as it should have been! Please let me know when the DVD sets will be available-- (<firstname.lastname@example.org>)-- I would also love to see the sequel become a reality-- is there someone at a network that we can badger by email or snailmail to get that project rolling????
DESCULPE MAS NAO ESCREVO INGLES... SOU DO BRASIL, CIDADE DE RIO DE JANEIRO. EU FIQUEI FELIZ POIS SOMENTE ESSES DIAS EU DESCOBRI QUE EXISTE UM SITE DO CHAPARRAL. EU VI ESTE FILME AQUI NO BRASIL NA DECADA DE 60. EU TINHA 18 ANOS. PARABENS O SITE FICOU MARAVILHOSO COM LINDAS FOTOS E MUITAS INFORMACOES MAS NAO ENTENDI PORQUE OS PRINCIPAIS ATORES NAO TEM UM SITE PROPRIO. ACHEI ATE ENGRACADO POIS SOMENTE OS VAQUEIROS E MANOELITO TEM SITE NA INTERNET.. PORQUE ISSO? MEU FAVORITO SEMPRE FORAM JOHN CANNON E SEU FILHO BLUE, EMBORA TODOS SAO OTIMOS ATORES. MAS EU GOSTARIA MUITO DE VER UM SITE PROPRIO DO MARK SLADE QUE EU CONSIDERO O MELHOR NESTA SERIE. AS RELACOES ESTREMECIDAS E DOLORIDAS COM SEU PAI SEMPRE ME TOCARAM TALVEZ POR EU TAMBEM PASSAR POR ISSO NA EPOCA DO FILME. OUTRO DESTAQUE FOI A RAPIDA PASSAGEM DE ANA LEE. UMA FIGURA DOCE E MEIGA E MUITO BELA. GOSTARIA MUITO DE VER UM SITE PROPRIO DO MARK SLADE E TAMBEM DE LEIF ERICKSON.ELES MERECEM. CHAPARRAL FOI UM FILME LINDO E TOCANTE. TUDO MUITO REAL E EMOCIONANTE. MAIS UMA VEZ, PARABENS. ELIZETE - RIO DE JANEIRO BRASIL
Translation: Excuse me, but I can’t write in English…..I am from Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil.
I was thrilled just because I found a website existed for the High
saw this show here in Brazil in the 60’s.
I was 18 years old.
Congratulations on the site, it is marvelous, with beautiful photos and
lots of information.
But I don’t understand why the principal actors don’t have their own
looked, but only some of the ranch hands and Manolito have their own sites on
the Internet. Why
is that? My
favourite was John Cannon and his son Blue, though all of them were excellent
I would love to see Mark Slade’s own site, because I consider him the best one
from this show.
His tough and painful relationship with his father has always touched me,
perhaps because I was going through the same thing at that time.
Another tragedy was the passing of Annalee – a sweet and very lovely
would like very much to see Mark Slade have his own site, and also one for Leif
Erickson, because they deserve them.
The High Chaparral was a touching and beautiful show – very real and
again, Elizete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Like many children from "dysfunctional" families, I first fell in love with Bonanza. Falling in love with The High Chaparral was only natural when it came along a few years later. I fantasized myself in each of these series, being a daughter to Ben Cartwright, and then a daughter to Big John Cannon. These two shows were all I really knew of close, strong family life. How sad, really, but I have learned that I am far from the only one who felt this way! Anyway, I adored Uncle Buck the most, though I liked all the cast, including the lesser characters. I liked it when these "lesser" characters were given large parts in some of the episodes, though I would have liked to see them featured more often. I guess I can't really call Sam and Joe, for instance, "lesser" characters, because they were necessary to the show--it would not have been nearly so interesting without them! I really appreciated the humor that was in many of the episodes, and Manolito was really his father's son--rascals both!
I can see now, as I could see it then, how "politically correct" The High Chaparral was, as was Bonanza, for that matter, and it can really give me a pain, sometimes, but I can overlook that. I think it was at the time of the Kennedy/King assassinations that some people were calling for the "violence" to be toned down on television, and so it was with The High Chaparral. It lost some of its gritty edge then. I almost laugh when Big John says, before the ranch is attacked by Apaches, "Fire over their heads!" I have often wondered how one could turn back an Apache attack like that (?). And I noticed early that the "Cartwright Curse" transferred itself from Bonanza to The High Chaparral (naturally enough). Any one of the Cannon clan, meaning family or hands, was never allowed to have a successful relationship with a woman--they either died or it just didn't work out! Oh, well-- I never missed an episode when the series was first run, and I have never missed it over the years before they began to edit the episodes. I am so familiar with each program as it should be, that I can see where the cuts have been made. I was truly disappointed when The High Chaparral went off the air. All I can say is, "Thank God for reruns!" p.s. To Deborah in Massachusetts--Henry Darrow IS a Latino! He is Puerto Rican--isn't that Latino? p.s.2 Are you aware that there is a great European race horse now competing--his name is HIGH CHAPARRAL! I root for him whenever he runs! Viktoria
I DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL. HERE IS SANTIAGO DEL CHILE - AMERICA DEL SUL.. WELL I LOVE THE HIGH CHAPARRAL SINCE CHILD.... I LOVE ALL. BUT MY PREFERENCE IS MARK SLADE WHO PLAYED BLUE CANNON. HE'S FANTASTIC... THE RELATIONSHIPS HOW YOUR FATHER AND UNCLE IS EMOTION AND SOFT. MARK SLADE IS MUCHO BELO HE HAVE BLUE EYES.. BUT I LOVE TOO JOHN CANNON, IS TRANSFER FOR ME AUTHORITY E CARE TOO. UNCLE BUCK IS VERY GOOD AND THE OTHERS . WHY DID MARK SLADE NOT PLAY THE FOUR SEASON? THEN DISAPPEARANCE I NOT ASSISTI MORE THE FILM THE HIGH CHAPARRAL. PLEASE, I HOPE SEE MORE PICTURES IN THE SITE OF THE HIGH CHAPARRAL. MORE MORE AND MORE. EXCUSE MY ENGLISH. MUCHAS GRACIAS, MARIA SOLEDAD
I just watched the episode # 72 The Lieutenant. Buck I think it was, mentions Kansas as where the Lieutenant was from. Which would mean that the Cannons are from Kansas
Hope this can be added to the episode synopsis so we now know where the Cannons are from. I
hope some one else caught this. As it seems no one knows where they're from.
Hope this helps Steve Pereira.
Webmaster Note: You are correct, Buck does mention that the Lieutenant is from Kansas. "The Long Shadow" also has references to the Cannons coming from Kansas. The confusing part is that other episodes refer to "back home" as being in Virginia, West Virginia, and Missouri, so alas, the debate about where they were from when may never be completely settled. Thanks for the quick catch though. I missed it the first couple times I saw this episode. Charlotte
I was just a kid when it ran. My folks watched it regularly. I don't remember any particular episodes, but I do remember John Cannon, Victoria, Buck, and Manolito vaguely. I remember it was an exciting show. Hope to someday watch the episodes in syndication. I haven't watched much television for many years due to work and raising a family. Why can't we have good shows like this one? Melanie Shepherd, Texas (originally Indiana)
WHERE IS MARK SLADE?
Webmaster Note: Last we heard, Mark Slade is alive and well and living in California, but very protective of his privacy since he retired from films, so we have respected that by not pursuing contact with him. If you want information about him or his career you might contact Kathy Lewis who maintains a fan club for him. Contact information for her is listed on the Cast page under Mark Slade. Charlotte
11/02/03 It is great to see such an extreme amount of people interested in the classic TV series "The High Chaparral". I remember watching the reruns on TV in the early to mid seventies. The show used to be on regularly on the cable channel TVLand. However, with the financial greed of corporations, it is now available only on digital cable (the more expensive cable packages). It would be fantastic to have a season put on DVD/VHS every year for purchase. I know I would buy it. Just talking about it makes me think of the set here at Old Tucson (in Tucson), the roles of the actors, and the parts of Old Tucson seen in the series. You can't but just love that theme music. Greg R., Tucson, AZ.
I still remember those Saturday nights in 68/69/70 when the series showed on television in my country, The Netherlands. I was 12 in 1968. My favorite was Manolito. Manolito was very popular among the youth in Holland at that time. All my friends and myself were also in love with Victoria. I was surprised to discover that she is already in her seventies, but even stars get older.... I consider myself lucky, cause my sister in law from Peru South-America would easily win a Victoria look-a-like contest. Couple of years ago there was a rerun of some episodes on the BBC (British Television). I taped some of them, but I am still looking forward to all seasons on DVD. Frank from The Netherlands
Two additions: I remember the episode when John Cannon says he is from West Virginia. This would be natural, because the Cannon family was divided during the war, as the western part of Virginia was divided, culturally and geographically, from the eastern. John fought for the Union, Buck for the Confederacy. And the race horse "High Chaparral" took part in one of the most exciting horse races in years in the recent Breeder's Cup day of racing. There was almost a triple dead heat in that race, and "High Chaparral" was one of the two winners! Hurrah!
Webmaster Note: Great to hear from another West Virginian. Because of the Cannon's connection to West Virginia I was perplexed as to why we couldn't turn anyone up from your state before the reunion to include in the book we produced for the Powers That Be. Now we have two of you so you can be added to any addendum in our ongoing efforts to get the DVD's released. Charlotte
What can you say about the series? 10/10 what memories, and I even met Bo Derrick when she was in New Zealand at our Restaurant then. Stephen Peter Martinborouigh, New Zealand
WHY MARK SLADE NO HAS HOMEPAGE? MARK SLADE IS THE BEST ACTOR OF THE HIGH CHAPARRAL.
Webmaster Note: Many actors with a much larger body of work than Mark Slade also have no homepage or web site. These sites are usually maintained by individual fans or groups of fans, either with or without permission of the actors. The expense and time commitment needed to maintain a good site can be significant and is carried by whoever is maintaining it.
I don't usually buy TV series on DVD's because of their high costs (own only SOAP 1st season and a few episodes of Bonanza) but for High Chaparral, I am willing to break the bank. Max
Would like to see the series on DVD.
I would very much like to see The High Chaparral on DVD. I have visited the Old Tucson set many times, as my mother lives in Tucson. I was glad to see it survived the fire some years back. I was, however, sad to see that the set has been changed to "Fort Reunion" and the entrance was moved because of a new hall. The changes have destroyed the solitude and "openness" of the ranch that I remember from my youth while riding the Old Tucson horses out to the house.
I loved the High Chaparral, I still watch the reruns on Saturdays, The entire cast was great, but I must confess I loved "Buck" (Cameron Mitchell) the best. I still miss him, he was wonderful.
Please release these shows on DVD! This was one of the best Westerns on TV. I noticed that one of the states missing was New Mexico. Although I live in Wisconsin now I originally saw the show while I lived in New Mexico. Great show!
I grew up in the UK watching High Chaparral, and thought 'Blue' boy gorgeous (even at that young an age). Unfortunately, it has never been re-run over here and I would love to see it released (finally on DVD), and can remember Mark Slade in a programme called Salty, about a sea lion. Tracy
I do hope Hallmark runs the "Thanksgiving" episode this weekend! All of them trying to find the lost turkey (but which turkey was it?) and gobbling as well as they can to try to lure in their turkey dinner is simply hilarious! I always crack up when the puzzled Big John says that the turkey sounds seem to be coming from all directions--because they are! Viktoria
Maine is missing no more! A big HC fan here! I am a new discoverer of the show and really would love to see it out on DVD to be able to enjoy it fully as it was originally made to be shown.
Webmaster Note: Hurray!! Glad to hear from such an enthusiastic new fan and discover that Maine is still around after all. We are down to two missing states now, Hawaii and Iowa. Please consider joining the discussion group to talk about or just lurk and listen to all things HC-related. See the Table of Contents to get there.
I am so delighted to have found this website on the internet. I am a long-time High Chaparral fan (I hate to say "old" fan)...I was always absolutely in love with Manolito. What a thrill to have Hallmark broadcast the High Chaparral on Saturdays...I wouldn't miss it for anything! I remember when I was in high school and was selected to go to a tennis tournament in Tucson...can you imagine what was on my High Chaparral crazed mind....how do I get to OLD TUCSON?? On an off-day for me I struck out walking and bus riding from the home I was staying at in Tucson and headed for Old Tucson... I "caught" a ride (looking back now at the dangers of hitch-hiking, I shudder) from the edge of Tucson all the way out to old Tucson. I had an incredible day there, as all of you can appreciate. As it got towards the end of the day, I knew I would have to "work" my way back to civilization and started walking again from Old Tucson. I had walked about 10 minutes when, you guessed it, a large limo stopped for me and gave me a ride...it was a High Chaparral fan's dream. Even though my favorite, Henry Darrow, was not a passenger, I was delighted that a couple of the others including Sam, Joe and Vaquero were in the limo. They gave me a ride back to Tucson and I was in love with the show and cast even more, if possible, after that incredible experience. I am still a huge fan of the show and I am thrilled to find that I am not alone in the world. I would love to get my hands on some DVD's of the show....I would buy them all. I remember as a kid I used to audio tape the show on a little 3 inch reel-to-reel...I bet I still have those tapes somewhere. Pátryka Chaves de Tachick Sandia Park, New Mexico
I have always been a devoted fan of High Chaparral and would try to never miss an episode. I love all the characters on the show but I especially loved Victoria. I liked seeing John and Victoria together. She was so beautiful! (and I bet she still is) I had no idea there were so many people all over the world who love the show as much as I do. Every time I go into a video store I look to see if any videos are for sale. I would love to have all the DVD's if they were to become available! There are some shows that I would like to buy now (uncut if possible) on VHS tapes if anyone would be so kind as to sell them to me. I would especially like to get the one when John and Victoria went on a honeymoon in San Francisco. If anyone would be willing to sell some of these to me please email me at: email@example.com Pam
So glad to see a site devoted to such a great western. I love the theme song (which I heard in a "Bonanza" episode not long ago). I would be very interested in obtaining VHS or DVD copies of this classic show! - Patrick Calliham, Fort Smith, Ark.
I have been a long standing fan of "High
Chaparral", and definitely fell in love with Mano. I have been hoping that TV1 on Foxtel in Australia would start running the series, even emailed them, but no response. They are running Daniel Boone, Bonanza and Big Valley each Saturday, but would really love to see the return of "High
I am hoping that someday very soon, either the DVD's or Videos will be released to the public for purchase. Is there anyone we can lobby by email to request that they release the series? Please can someone pull some strings to get the series released on DVD or Video, and accessible for sale on the international market.
Sandy - Perth
Webmaster Note: The High Chaparral is owned by Bonanza Ventures, Inc. Their attorney is Andy Klyde, who would also like to see it released on DVD, and has been trying to demonstrate that their is market support for it. I do not have a current email address, but his address is listed on the Copyright page as: Andrew J. Klyde, 141-15 72nd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills, New York 11367. You could always send him a letter letting him know that you are another eagerly waiting customer of a future DVD set. Charlotte
Fantastic site. Brings back so many wonderful memories. I worked on my grandfathers ranch just a few miles from where HC was filmed. Myself and all the other young cowboys hoped we would be 'discovered' during the HC filming but alas it wasn't to be BUT...after watching the shows we decided we were better off working for ole grandpa than BIG JOHN. This site has brought back memories I have forgotten about so long ago. Thank you. Jerry
I love to watch The High Chaparral whenever I am so fortunate to find it on. I particularly enjoy it when Cameron Mitchell (Buck) is featured.
Mr. Mitchell was a very underrated and under-appreciated actor. Why is there no official home page for him? I wish I knew. He
performed in many movies and television shows, but he seems to be all but forgotten.
Webmaster Note: To repeat the answer a few posts back to the same question posed about Mark Slade, many famous actors with large bodies of work have no homepage or web site. These sites are usually maintained by individual fans or groups of fans, either with or without permission of the actors or their estates. The expense and time commitment needed to maintain a good site can be significant and is usually carried by whoever is maintaining it. While Cameron Mitchell did not receive the wider appreciation we all believe he deserved, he is certainly not forgotten, either among Western fans, especially for his work as Uncle Buck, or among cult film fans where he is affectionately known as "King of the B's". For further confirmation of this, enter his name in a search at eBay and note the number of hits compared to any other HC actor. Charlotte
PARA WEBMASTER: PARABÉNS POR ESTE MARAVILHOSO SITE. CHEIO DE INFORMAÇÕES, FOTOS BELÍSSIMAS DOS NOSSOS QUERIDOS ATORES DO HC. CONTINUE ATUALIZANDO SEMPRE E PRESENTEANDO OS FANS DO HC ESPALHADOS PELO MUNDO. JUSSIARA
To the webmaster: Congratulations on this marvelous site. Full of information, beautiful photos of our beloved HC actors. You continue always to improve and present to HC fans who are scattered throughout the world.
HC IS WONDERFUL SARAH
As a young boy in the 60s-early 70s (the days of metal realistic looking cap guns) we would get really excited to be allowed to stay up to watch the High Chaparral when it aired. To me it is the greatest TV Western ever made. Also after school we watched Daniel Boone and F troop. Also I feel I am now able to reconcile with my parents and forgive them for not buying me that Davie Crocket hat when we visited the Easter Show in the 60's. I have not seen High Chaparral since then and have often in recent years thought about the program and would love to see it re-run. I have been living in Australia since the early 80's and have never seen it run on TV here. they just keep digging out Bonanza every now and then which has some good episodes but most are made to look like boring soap in comparison to HC. At present I am collecting Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns and similar which my children really enjoy as well, and would really love to be able to have a full collection of the HC to complement my collection. Long Live High Chaparral and Put It All On DVD.
Hi, I love the series very much and I really hope that all RAWHIDE & HIGH CHAPARRAL episodes will be released on DVD soon!! Robert
Hello, I really hope that all the episodes of High Chaparral will be released on DVD in the Netherlands very soon, because as a child I loved to watch this TV series and it would really be great if I could see it again on DVD. Greetings, Monique Hugens
I Would like to add my name to the petition list to have The High Chaparral episodes available on video or DVD. Anthony Yammouni
I would so much like it if the full episodes were reproduced in the DVD genre. My father had a small part during the first season and I would love to be able to show him the series again. He is in poor health and as such I hope the powers that be will get on the ball.
I grew up on Westerns and fell in love with The High Chaparral when I was a teen. I would dearly love to see The High Chaparral released as either VHS or DVD. I was, and remain, an avid fan. I have many recorded to VHS from TV and am very glad to have found this site! Thank you for all your hard work in putting this site together! Ann Cummings
I loved High Chaparral when I was kid. It was the best Western series on telly, always full of action and different stories that kept your attention. Looking forward to it coming out on DVD, don't keep us waiting too long. Best Western TV series ever. Hurry up and get it on DVD. John Osborne
I would love to be able to buy a DVD or VHS of one or more of the old series. My name is Peter Martin.
Come on man get this on DVD !!!!!!!! I grew up watching The High Chaparral every Friday night when I lived in in South Africa. Daniel USA Colorado
Definitely want it all on DVD - provided it's good enough quality of course. Great memories and not seen in these parts for decades. Glen
ESTOU FELIZ PORQUE MARK SALDE JÁ TEM A TÃO SONHADA HOMEPAGE. ESTOU MAIS FELIZ PORQUE DESCOBRI A SUA PÁGINA SOZINHA E POR ACASO AO ACESSAR O SITE SOBRE ARTISTAS PLÁSTICOS AQUI NO BRASIL. SOU FAN NUMERO DO MARK SLADE AQUI NO BRASIL E VER O SEU SITE FOI PARA MIM UM GRANDE PRESENTE. TENHO UM CARINHO E UM AMOR ESPIRITUAL POR MARK DESDE OS 10 ANOS DE IDADE QUANDO O VI PELA PRIMEIRA VEZ NO HC. PARA MIM ELE O MAIS BELO E O MELHOR DO HC. CLARO QUE O DARROW É O MAIS CHARMOS E TODOS OS SÃO ÓTIMOS. MUITA PAZ EM 2004 PARA TODA A FAMÍLIA DO HC. PRINCIPALMENTE PARA VOCÊS QUE FAZEM E MANTEM ESTE MARAVILHOSO SITE. PARA MARK SLADE UM GRANDE E FORTE ABRAÇO DA SUA FAN QUE TE ADORA. JUSSIARA MELO
I’m so happy because Mark Slade now has his own (named after him) homepage. I’m even more happy because I discovered his page on my own and by accident by accessing the site about artists who work in plastics here in Brazil. I’m Mark Slade’s biggest fan here in Brazil and seeing his site was for me a great present. I have affection for Mark ever since I was ten years old, when I first saw HC. For me, he is the most handsome and best of HC. Of course, Darrow is more charming and all are excellent. Much Peace in 2004 for the entire HC family. Especially for y’all who make and maintain this marvelous site. For Mark Slade a big and strong hug from his friend who adores him. Jussiara Melo
HC................. :-) HC!
High Chaparral was always one of my favorite shows. I watched it when it was on originally as a kid with my dad, who loved Westerns, and later in syndication. The realism and Southwest setting were great and still are. I too wish it would come out uncut on DVD so I could own it to watch forever. Andy
I am an Iranian-American living in California. I grew up watching the show in Iran during 1970s. It aired once a week on the state sponsored national TV. My sister, brother, cousins, and many friends were die hard fans of the show. I still smile when I recall how all, but one, of the older girls in my family had a crush on Manolito. The one exception was my youngest aunt who preferred Buck. I hope the series is made available on DVD soon. I will be one of the first ones to purchase the complete collection. Finally, many thanks for this wonderful website. It brought back many childhood memories.
Please bring this great show out on VHS/DVD. Thanks, Kathy Anspaugh, Eaton, OH
Sorry it has taken the state of Iowa so long to comment!
I have little memories of watching High Chaparral during it's original run, however I did catch the
occasional episode when rerun by our local station.
Even with little to go on I LOVED it and had a huge crush on Mano! I was always a huge fan of
Westerns and fancied myself as a cowgirl. When playing with other friends, I always tried to get them to play High Chaparral. My friend, Deb, still gives me a hard time about this even after 28 years!
I would be willing to stand in the line to purchase DVD's of the series.
Halane in Iowa
Webmaster Note: Hurray!!!!! We've been waiting for you since last summer. Just figured things must have been pretty busy in Iowa this year. Great to finally hear from you. At least you weren't the last. Now if anyone knows some fans in Hawaii . . . .
High Chaparral is my absolute favorite TV Western! I would love to see it released and would purchase as much of it as they would release. Thank you for your efforts in working toward this!
Hi. This is a wonderful site. I was born in 66 so I came to love this show in reruns...I used to stop everything when it came on. And when we played I was always Blue or Buck.....Take care and keep up the great work, Robert Dees
265. United Kingdom
I have been searching forever for tapes (and now DVD's) of the High Chaparral. It remains to this day my favourite cowboy series. Having only just come across this site I am pleased to learn that so many others are like-minded and are hoping for DVD's to be released sooner rather than later. Bev (Stratford-upon-Avon)
266. South Carolina
Would love to see this available on DVD. Needs to happen fast. Old Westerns like this are very popular. Thank you.
Sorry, I am not from Hawaii ;) I am so glad to find this site and be able to add my 2 cents worth about my favorite Western --- I, too, loved Manolito --- those twinkling eyes, that smile, that easy-going manner....yi AND Don Collier, then and now, ahhhh. BUT, the reason our family watched HC religiously was that my mother was a huge fan of her cousin, Cameron Mitchell, and we followed his acting career faithfully until his death. I agree that Buck Cannon was almost God-given as a role for him --- and he endeared himself to so many viewers and fans, as the guest book attests. Since I was given a great deal of Cameron's genealogical material by our cousin and expert family historian, and said so on Mitzel and Mitchell family sites, many people from Europe have written to me over the years. CM was very popular there and still is. I also loved Leif Erickson, as I did many of the older Western actors. Thanks again and happy trails to you all. It is a kick to watch HC on the Hallmark Channel on the weekends and remember the good times of my teenage years. Kay
My most favorite Western of all time. I'm going to Arizona spring break for vacation. One of my stops will be Old Tucson and the set of HC. I have the entire series on VHS but would love to see this show released on DVD. I would gladly buy the entire series. Steve Davis
The High Chaparral was a program way ahead of its time. It was realistic, entertaining and just brilliant viewing. Hurry up and get it on DVD. I am positive they would be snapped up by any one who can remember The High Chaparral.
I grew up watching Western reruns. "Bonanza" was my first hook. I still love the characters and the cinematography. By 12 I could spot a "Bonanza" episode in a few seconds with no main characters when flipping across the newfangled cable selector. My "Bonanza" interest grew into a preference for "High Chaparral". Same great cinematography and character development but the heat, sun, sweat, dust, and rattlesnakes brought it more home. I was so happy when Hallmark started showing "High Chaparral" again. I was surprised how much I missed it and how much of it I remembered and how much I did not notice before.
I live in the UK and grew up with the High Chaparral. I was about 13 or 14 when it was on TV and was madly in love with Mark Slade. He was my first crush ... even before David Cassidy came along. I just can't believe he was born in 1939 and still looks so fabulous - those blue eyes. My Mum loved Manolito and we both thought Linda Cristal was just so beautiful. I was reminiscing about my very happy childhood with my husband this morning and was surprised to find I could still hum the theme tune. I decided to use the wonderful internet, which has opened up so much of the world to everyone. Your website is fabulous and an informative tribute to a fantastic show. It was authentic and I thought the characters worked well together. I did think shows such as The Virginian and even Bonanza (sorry!) were quite 'cheesy'. I wish they'd repeat The High Chaparral in the UK! May be we should lobby Sky TV. Regards Linda (Noble)
I know we would really like to see old Western series released on DVD, and I think High Chaparral would be a good candidate. Carrie Huebner Amberlyn Huebner
I have been watching the show for about a year on Rough and Ready Saturday on the Hallmark Channel. I hope they keep it on. It's an entertaining way to spend an hour on Saturday. I remember this show from primetime when I was a young boy and periodic reruns over the past 30 years. Excellent show that the I can watch with my 8-year-old son and not worry about the content. Thanks for a good show and many good memories. Russell Behne Thornton, Colorado
This was the first Western I really watched at a young age. The theme tune stayed with me for decades, finally did a search on the web and here I am. Definitely would like to see it back on DVD (even better with the old commercials too)!
To whom this concern: I have a nana ,who is 84 years old , who is in love with your series. We are from Peru and we call it "El Gran Chaparra". Believe it or not I have been looking for this series for almost 2 years now. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I'll ask you now. No I beg of you please tell me where I can buy a copy of your series. It will make my nana very happy... we had the belief at least I did, that it was some kind of Spanish cowboy series never even thought about being in English. Well please get back to me. Thank you for your time ... Sincerely Alberto Castro firstname.lastname@example.org
It's about time that Westerns in general were back on the screen. One of my favorites is The High Chaparral. I would love to see the series available on DVD. The stations have made too many cuts over the years, so they should be re-mastered from the originals. I loved the "West" so much, that now I live here not far from Tucson.
I just discovered this site. HC was a great, GREAT
Western, in a class by itself. After growing tired of Bonanza's cheesy fake sets, JC Penney costumes and soap opera storylines, I became a hard core HC addict. I'd love to see the
DVD's come out, and will certainly write Artisan to help make that happen.
One thing I'm personally curious about. Just what WAS the specific reason High Chaparral was cancelled?
Webmaster Note: High Chaparral was a high quality production that had the look of a feature film rather than a sound stage Western. As such it was an expensive undertaking and when the studio ran into tough times they had to choose between HC and Bonanza. They cut the innovative, but more expensive one and stuck with the tried and true way past the point of stale, IMO. (Apologies to all the die-hard Bonanza fans out there) David Dortort, creator/producer of both shows confirmed at the reunion last summer that High Chaparral was the better production. Charlotte
278. North Carolina
I would gladly pay to get this on DVD. Loved it as a kid, love the reruns even more. Philip Balmer
El Gran Chaparral es único. Se debería conservar como una delas series del Oeste más originales.
Con mis 30 años aún recuerdo haber crecido con la serie durante los 70 y 80's ! Seria una lástima perder esta cinta para siempre. Ojalá y se logre recapitular toda la cinta ya sea en VHS o DVD.
Raúl Rodríguez ( Guatemala )
Hi, I was always interested in watching this Western not only because it was of a very high quality but because Cameron Mitchell was from my home town of Shrewsbury PA. His father was my Minister when I was growing up. Hope you can get the show onto DVD as I would surely buy it. Regards
Would love to be able to buy DVD or VHS of the High Chaparral. Frank Cutler Sodus, NY
Great series. I would like to see it on video or DVD.
As a West Virginia native, I'd be happy to be the first from Mountaineer Country to comment on this great show. I just got Hallmark and they are showing the series from the beginning starting tomorrow. I was about 6 years old when it originally aired. I can't remember much of it, although some scenes stuck with me, but I know I loved it. I think it was the family dynamics that captured my interest, not to mention a few very captivating actors. I can't wait to get re-acquainted! The comments here that John mentions living in WV have really made me want to watch again. A West Virginian would be tough enough to fight Indians, Mexicans, and assorted thieves all at the same time! I definitely would buy the whole uncut collection on DVD. With this wild cast, seeing the bloopers and behind-the-scenes stuff would be a real treat too! JDS
To whom it may concern: My name is Rose Claxton. I would like for my kids to enjoy this show. If we could get a copy it would be really nice. Our email address is email@example.com. We would really appreciate it. Thanks, Rose Claxton p.s: Let me know where I could get any of the old Westerns.
I am a West Virginian who loves The High Chaparral. I'm anxious to get re-acquainted with a show I fell in love with when I was 6 and haven't seen since its original run. Great website! Dianne
Estoy muy interesado para ver The High Chaparral en DVD completo. Lo comprare cuando lo hacen. El Indio
Love your site and of course High Chaparral! Hope they make the DVD's!
My sisters and I were all big fans of the High Chaparral right from the first episode. So many years later, I am proud to see that we had such good taste. There is absolutely nothing dated about this show. From the superb acting to the captivating stories, the beautiful desert scenery and realistic sets, it remains the best television Western ever. It’s time to release the show on DVD. There is no doubt that there will be a widespread audience eager to own and cherish the episodes again, plus a new set of fans who will see what good Western TV is all about. Robin C., Waianae
Webmaster Note: And Hawaii makes it fifty! Somehow that seems appropriate. Thank you Robin. With this entry we have all fifty states represented as well as 18 countries outside the U.S.
The High Chaparral is the best TV western ever produced. The storylines and the cinematography are excellent. I can especially relate to the many Latinos in the cast who are depicted in positive, realistic roles. The show's diversity may have been ahead of its time, but it's relevant as ever today in the bi-cultural southwest. I really hope the series is offered in uncut DVD format soon. Fernando Garcia
In elementary school I told my mother I had to stay up to watch High Chaparral for an American History Class. Amazingly she believed me and I had the entire family room and television to myself every week night at 11 p.m. As one of 7 children this was a major feat! Today as an adult I try to watch the High Chaparral every Saturday afternoon. It is my favorite show of all time. Whenever I need physic relief I go to the home page to hear the theme music and I am reinvigorated. Thanks so much and all my support on the DVD endeavor. Suzanne Irwin Ohio
This show didn't run for long on Norwegian television, but I loved what I saw as a kid and would really like to see it out on DVD. Please Columbia, release it!
I used to live for the High Chaparral. Being a 10-year-old boy the show made a big impression on me. I would really like to relive some of the memories. My cousins and I would watch the show on Saturday afternoons. I would really like the entire DVD collection. I really hope this happens. Sincerely yours, Tom in Saskatchewan, Canada
This was the best Western ever made! It had a great impact on me when I was growing up and had a lot to do with where I ended up living (in the West). The Cannon family's struggles with the Apaches were great television. Best battle scenes ever done in a Western! And Victoria was just a knock-out! The Arizona landscape is absolutely breathtaking! Recently saw first 2-hour episode. Simply wonderful! Kurt Ament 4251 Cliffrose Lane Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or: email@example.com
I have enjoyed " The High Chaparral" since I was a kid. It remains my all-time favorite Western series. I live for the day it is available, restored and uncut, on DVD. Mike Johns
Great Western classic I never tire of seeing. Unfortunately, it is no longer being shown in re-runs in my viewing area. I have never seen the beginning episodes in their un-cut version, so don't really know how Victoria came to the ranch. Would love to have the series uncut released on DVD. G. T.
Best Western show ever produced!!! I would watch it as a kid running home from playing football at a neighbor's house to get home in time. I especially am fond of the theme song, and when I found this site and heard that song for the first time in many, many years, it almost brought tears to my eyes. I can still see the television image of the Apache on his horse as the theme song plays!! What a memory. I would love to be able to download the theme song somehow, and would definitely buy at least three DVD's of the whole series. Thank you for this site, and for all of the great memories!! Michael
I am so happy that this site exists. As a fan of TV Westerns this provides valuable information on one of my favorite shows.
Gosh, memory lane was hit hard when I came across this site. Great work. God bless.
I named my first daughter Victoria in honor of the character Victoria Montoya Cannon. There has never been a finer portrayal of a lady, IMNSHO, before or since. Denny Church
Thanx for running a website dedicated to HC. This series is one of some that aired in France on our B&W(!) TV's in the time I was a young child. Curiously I forgot most details of the stories related (for us unaware children, it was "Western" in the same way than Bonanza, Wild Wild West or any other), but I always remind clearly of the music theme. Now the web allows all those parts of our youth to find a new life. I really subscribe to a full DVD re-edition.
Hello Friends!!! My name is Alfredo Bilyk and I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This site is Excellent!! I am a great fan of " The High Chaparral". I like to know fans but... ¿ can you write in Spanish ?. Thanks for all. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Hey it's 2004. It's time to put it on DVD. It's the best Western TV show. I watch all the time, can't get enough.
I've been watching this show since I was a kid, and for some reason, it still seems fresh every time I see it. My uncle sent me postcards of the High Chaparral ranch when I was small because he knew how much I loved the show. I still have the postcard. Lesia Moore
I vividly remember this excellent Western aired on Monday nights (early 70's) in the UK. It was the focal point of the day for the whole family. The whole production was so realistic. The cast could not have been better. I hope the series will be released on DVD as I and many others would not hesitate to snap it up!! H. Patel
305. New Mexico
I moved to New Mexico in 1970 so I could be "out west" near the places in the movies that I loved watching as a kid. In 1969 I visited the High Chaparral site and spent hours thinking about how much I would love to live that life. I tried the cowboy way of live and discovered that it really wasn't for me. I decided to pursue a college education and become a teacher while I figured out how to live my dream. One thing led to another and I am almost there. My wife points out the similarities I have with "Big John": I moved to the West from back East, I married a Mexican girl (though not forced to), I live on an area I call "the ranch" in the Zuni mountains, I take care of a bunch of animals and roam the area not on my horse but on my four wheeler and imagine my self riding the High Chaparral. It took awhile but I ended up living the life I only imagined as a kid. I watch tons of Westerns and the High Chaparral is still one of the best around. It is the Western that I compare to all the rest in its authenticity of locale and the characters who seem to come straight out of the old West (with the exception of Blue Boy). I really wish the entire four seasons could be found on DVD. I'm a cheapskate by nature but I would happily shell out money for the set. Brad Triplehorn
When I was a child I watched on TV The High Chaparral, it was really a great moment waiting for the serial on TV. I think it was one of the most wonderful Western serials. I realized about Indian people and about human relationships. Now I'm 39 years old and I always told my two little girls about this wonderful serial. That would be great to get it on DVD. Gabriela Blumenbrg
PARA MI EL GRAN CHAPARRRAL ES LA MEJOR SERIE DEL TIPO WESTERN QUE HA EXISTIDO ME GUSTARIA VERLA EN DVD OJALA SE PUED GRACIAS
English translation: For me, The High Chaparral was the best Western series that existed. I would love to see it on DVD. I hope you can do it. Gracias
Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand. Great site. I loved the High Chaparral when I was a boy, it was a treat from my parents to be allowed to watch it. Had a major crush on Linda Cristal. She was then a stunningly beautiful woman. Buck and Manolito were my favourite characters. I even had a book, a novel based on the programme where Blue and Mano are kidnapped by Apache. It's long gone now, pity. It's been here on TV a few years ago, I tried to video it but.... I never was a big fan of Bonanza, missed seeing all the other major Westerns from the 50's and 60's and High Chaparral was the atypical Western for me. Would love to see it again and yes, it must be released on DVD.
I need these old Western classics. Nothing compares to these excellent episodes.
Every episode had a firm grounding in morality which, as a young boy, was invaluable to me. Waiting for the DVD release. Regards - Richard Weeks
I watched HC before I would even think of watching Bonanza. The characters, plots and scenery were much more real. HC depicted what it was really like under that blazing Arizona sun. I was overjoyed to discover HC on the Hallmark channel. I programmed the TV to come on at the scheduled time every Saturday and the VCR to tape each episode. Please release episodes on DVD. Sheri Reneau
Great cast, great story lines, great sets, great scenery....just a GREAT show !! Reminds me of the classic Western movies made by John Ford. Anything that compares to those must be exceptional and High Chaparral was certainly that. When first released to television it was ahead of its time and should it ever be released on DVD/VHS would not look dated in the 21st century. Obviously the whole series would be fantastic, but even some episodes would be better than none. Release some as a test to see the public reaction. David G
I grew up watching the High Chaparral. I was sitting on the couch today and thought to myself "I wonder if you can get it on DVD". I got on the internet and found this site. I can't believe you can't get the High Chaparral on DVD yet! Great web site and I hope the public pressure will force a DVD collection for us to watch.
Gracias por recordarnos un programa de televisión que nos hacia entender que es posible, viniendo de culturas diferentes entendernos como vecinos y cooperar cuando era necesario. Thank you for reminding us a TV program that helped us understand that it is possible, that although we have origins in different cultures, we can understand each other as neighbors and cooperate when it is necessary, Miguel Núñez
Hello everyone! High Chaparral is the greatest! I would love to see it on DVD. I hope that your efforts will soon be rewarded. I am looking forward to the release of the series on DVD! =) Take care! Robin.
I grew up watching the show and can now truly appreciate it due to the fact that I can't see it anywhere. I would buy every episode if it were available. Also, does anyone know of a place that may sell memorabilia. I used to own a set of small 1/72 scale figures from the show.
Show was finally put on Hallmark in my area. I
haven't seen it in over twenty years. Would love to have the DVD collection.
Yes, I also want to see High Chaparral on DVD. Adri van Beelen
TO WEBMASTER: PLEASE ! SORRY MY ENGLSIH. IT ADDS TO SOME CURRENT PHOTOS OF MARK SLADE. TO THE SITE OF IT IS DOES NOT MENTION NOTHING ABOUT THE HIGH CHAPARRAL. AND IT DOES NOT SATISFY FANS OF IT. THANK YOU MARIA GONZALEZ HERMIREZ / CHILE
I have been a devoted High Chaparral fan since it first aired over here, and continue to enjoy the videos of the few episodes I've managed to tape recently (at variable quality) from re-runs before it went to a subscription cable site. I would love to see the original uncut episodes - even if it means buying a DVD player especially for the purpose! As a young lass I was naturally in love with Manolito, but now I'm older I'm appreciating Buck's qualities more. (but Blue was always wet!) Great acting, wonderful scenery and the Apaches were treated with respect and understanding. Love the website - it's great to know I'm not the only HC fan who enjoys fantasizing and living in the past, and I enjoy all the extra information and trivia. Keep up the good work and hope the show becomes available on DVD soon (hopefully before I'm old enough to start finding Big John attractive!) Sue
I have been a fan of HC since it first aired in the late 60's when I was 9 yrs old. I still enjoy the television show today in repeats. I hope it keeps airing for along time.
bueno yo comence viendo elgran chaparral por mi papa y me gusto muchisimo los personajes escenarios las peleas bueno lo q me gustaria saber es de alguien en especial de cameron mitchell quisiera saber q paso con el si me pudieran ayudar a buscar sus datos se los agradeceria mucho carmen mi correo es firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, I started watching The High Chaparral because of my dad, and I loved the characters, scenery and fights so much! Anyway, what I would like to know is does anyone in particular know what happened with Cameron Mitchell. If they can help me look up the facts I would very much appreciate it. Carmen My e-mail is email@example.com >>
The High Chaparral was one of the best if not the best Western to ever hit the airwaves. I always felt a little dusty and on edge (darn Apaches) after watching an episode. Great acting, you really cared about these characters. I hope it comes out in DVD someday. I will buy the whole set.
I came to this website looking for information about Doc Holliday. Lee Paul has a great mind and I have enjoyed his work on the subject. I would like to know about the copyright dates of his works. Thanks for having such great details available to the public on so many great subjects. Chaz Allen Chazallen73@aol.com
I have enjoyed the High Chapparal since it was first aired on NBC in the 1960s.
Hi there! Just a few words from a Dutch High Chaparral fan, who, since he was a teenager, has remained a fan all his life and hopes this brilliant series will soon be released on DVD. The same goes for another brilliant series Centennial and numerous other series that fans from all over the world are waiting for. These images from the past should be back on our screens soon! Thanks to everyone involved! All the best, Meerten Welleman TV Toys Museum (www.tvtoys.nl)
Hi to everyone who participated in the TV series. If it wasn't for this show, I might not have got to know or make friends with Apaches today! Think of it as a blessing in disguise! I hope this series might be available on VHS or DVD someday.
Greetings from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada! I used to watch the TV series when I was a young boy.
I bought 40 acres of beautiful Arizona desert and mountains (with cactus!) because I loved the series so much when I was a teen. Now I am in my 50's, and plan to retire to my own 40 acre "High Chaparral". Do any of you out there own land in Stagecoach Trails near Yucca, Arizona? Dan Ertl firstname.lastname@example.org
This was a great Western series. I cannot wait for it to come out on DVD. John Beaney, West Sussex, England
I loved this show as a child. It was my all time favorite. I have been looking to find videos and or DVD's. I sure hope they come out with them soon. Ruth Lyon
I started watching High Chaparral when I was 13. The show became even more real to me after my family vacationed in Arizona and we visited the show's set at Old Tucson Studios. I have especially enjoyed watching Henry Darrow and following his career over the years. I would love to purchase the show on DVD. It was realistic, scenic, and humorous. Thanks!
Loved the High Chaparral from the first time I saw it. It's the best Western series shown in Finland. I really enjoy the show. I would love to see this show on video or DVD. John Erik Lindfors
HIGH CHAPARRAL E BONANZA SEMPRE FORAM MEUS PREFERIDOS FILMES DE WESTER AMERICANO. RETRATAM A VIDA FAMILIAR E DURA DAQUELES TEMPOS.E TEM DIVERTIMENTO. PRA MIM O CHAPARRAL É MELHOR QUE BONANZA. OS ATORES DE CHAPARRAL SÃO EXCELENTES ESPECIALMENTE OS QUE COMPÕEM O CAST PRINCIPAL: LEIF ERICKSON PRA MIM É O MELHOR DE TODOS. ELE CONSEGUIU PASSAR UMA SEVERIDADE E UMA AUTORIDADE COM MUITO CHARME. GOSTEI MUITO DE JOAN CAULFIELD COMO A DOCE ANA LEE. FICAVA MUITAS VEZES PENALIZADA COM BLUE CANNON E A TENSA RELAÇÃO COM O BIG JOHN QUE FOI MUITO BEM INTERPRETADO PELO MARK SLADE. INCLUSIVE, SEMPRE ACHEI QUE FOI FALTA DE CONSIDERAÇÃO COM ESTE ATOR, QUANDO O CORTARAM DA ÚLTIMA SESSÃO DO CHAPARRAL SEM DAR NENHUMA EXPLICAÇÃO PARA O PÚBLICO. MARK SLADE TERIA QUE TER FEITO UM EPISÓDIO SE AFASTANDO DO RANCHO E DA FAMÍLIA CANNON E DESSA FORMA, OS FANS TERIAM ENTENDIDO A SAÍDA DELE. TENHO A IMPRESSÃO QUE MARK SLADE TEM MÁGOA DESTE FILME POIS ELE NÃO APARECE MAIS EM NADA, PARECE ATÉ QUE SUMIU DOS ESTADOS UNIDOS. VOCÊS ESTÃO DE PARABÉNS. ESTE SITE É MARAVILHOSO, LINDO, CHEIO DE FOTOS, CONTINUEM ASSIM. NÃO ABANDONEM NUNCA O CHAPARRAL MANUELA ARGUILENA
High Chaparral and Bonanza were always my favourite Westerns. They pictured the hard family life of those times, and were very enjoyable. For me, HC was better than Bonanza. The actors from HC are excellent, especially those who composed the principal cast: Leif Erickson for me is the best of all. He was able to show severity and authority with a lot of charm. I also liked Joan Caulfield as Annalee, a lot. I also felt for Blue Cannon and his relationship with Big John which was very well played by Mark Slade. Really, I’ve always thought that it was very inconsiderate to cut this actor out of the last season of HC without giving the public any explanation. He should’ve been able to make one episode where he left the Cannon family ranch and this way, his fans would’ve understood his departure. I get the feeling that Mark Slade has a sore spot towards this show because he never appeared again in anything, it seems like he disappeared in the US. Y’all are due congratulations, this site is marvelous, pretty, full of photos, keep up the good work. Never abandon the High Chaparral. Manuela Arguilena
Great series, sure would like to see it on DVD...
What a wonderful site! I can see what a lot of work is put into this, as well as a lot of love and admiration, and as a 35 year fan of HC, I appreciate it! Karen
G'day from Australia. I used to watch HIGH CHAPARRAL when I was in my mid teens. I would love to be able to obtain the entire series on DVD! So many happy memories! Heath Melbourne AUSTRALIA
IT WOULD BE A SHAME NOT TO OWN THIS GREAT WESTERN ON DVD .THERE IS SO MUCH JUNK AVAILABLE. CERTAINLY A CLASSIC LIKE THIS MUST FIND ITS WAY TO DVD.
This is a great site. I'm glad that others long for the good things/TV shows of yesteryear. Having lived here in Tucson, Arizona for 30 years (location of Old Tucson, and "The High Chaparral"), this famous movie locale grows on you (TV shows/series, movies such as Rio Lobo, El Dorado all with John Wayne, etc.). Having E-mailed Lions Gate Entertainment regarding the issue to re-release the TV show on DVD must be done by all. Our chances are quite good, and let us see another favorite series be put onto DVD for all to enjoy.
I would love to buy The High Chaparral on DVD and know many people who would buy it if it was available. It was a classic series and a definite addition to any wild west fan. I have home taped videos which are wearing out and which definitely need replacing. PAM DUNCAN EDINBURGH SCOTLAND
Great Show and tell Linda that She was, is the prettiest woman in the world. Matthew Broome England
The High Chaparral is the best Western program I had watched in my life. Since I was a child, back in my country, Peru, I have been a fan of this show. I can tell you that I have a poster of them in my living room and I always tell my friends ( and my wife, too) that they are like part of my Family. I wish they will release a DVD of the show because I know it will be a success. I know a lot of people that will buy it. Al Angulo
343. New Jersey. **U.S.A.**
Please Save whatever episodes are still in existence. Preserve the history of the TV Western so when today's flash in the pan shows are gone our kids will know what "Staying Power" and "Classic" are all about. Still in love with Mark Slade at age 51. Joyce.
344. Lima - Peru
The best Western I have ever seen in Peru it was called "El Gran Chaparral", It was so real, cruel, human, unique, It had it all, the characters were fantastic, some of my favorites were Manolito and his kind of girlfriend Perlita (that was her name in Spanish). It would be great if the show is available in DVD, shows like this shouldn't be lost. Javier Apomayta
345. Iowa, USA
I always loved this show, but I had missed the first couple of episodes and so missed the "why" of the whole series. I'm delighted to find this site to answer so many of my questions! And yes, I would LOVE to have DVD's of this series. Good television is hard to come by anymore. Connie King
I WAS LITTLE WHEN THIS SHOW WAS ON BUT I LOVED IT. I LOVE SEEING IT IN RERUNS ON SATELLITE. BETTIE M. MAY HUGHSON
As a long time fan of this show, I would be very interested in purchasing DVD's if released. Thanks.
I enjoy Westerns and The High Chaparral is one of the best. I especially like the interaction of the characters' personalities. It would be great if this series were available on DVD.
349. New York
I'd really enjoy being able to purchase DVD's of The High Chaparral series. Maybe someday?
I was in my mid teens when I watched this show. I am now 46 years old. I still remember the music. Can't wait for the DVD'S.