post Q & A May 2008

October 28th, 2008

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May 27, 2008


Question from several folks:
Is the song Frank Gorshen sings in The High Chaparral episode Stinky Flanagan an Irish folk song? It’s very beautiful. What’s the name and where can I get a copy of the sheet music?

Sweet Maureen O’Hare was composed by Harry Sukman, with words by William Leicester, a writer, actor, and executive story consultant on several High Chaparral episodes. Like so much of the music in the series, it sounds authentic to the time and place. Fans often insist it must be a long-lost Irish folk ballad. Susan McCray endowwed all of Harry Sukman’s sheet music to Eastern Connecticut University’s J. Eugene Smith Library, so it is not available commercially.

Listen to Sweet Maureen O’Hare, performed by Frank Gorshen: (if you have trouble playing the video, click here to open the newsletter in a web browser.)

High Chaparral video clip from episode Stinky Flanagan, sung by Frank Gorshen

Do you have a question about The High Chaparral, the cast, or anything connected with the show? Send it to, and we’ll do our best to get the answer for you!

post BarBara Luna Appears in Trek Production

October 28th, 2008

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Barbara Luna as Conchita in The Firing Wall

BarBara Luna as Conchita in The Firing Wall

Luna Appears in Trek Production

The always beautiful BarBara Luna (Conchita in The High Chaparral episode The Firing Wall) is appearing in a new Star Trek Phase II fan production, Enemy Starfleet. Fans of Luna will recall she played Marlena Moreau, Kirk’s girlfriend in the acclaimed 1967 Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror.

This feature article describes the project.

post Linda Cristal reprint article

October 28th, 2008

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Linda Cristal, TV Guide Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…but not always.

For example, diamonds are not a girls best friend if the girl (such as Linda Cristal of NBC’s The High Chaparral) happens to have an extensive collection of American Indian jewelry at a time (such as right now) when American Indian artifacts are skyrocketing in value and popularity. Linda bought her first piece several years ago, when the pilot for Chaparral was being filmed near Tucson. Since then she has built up a wide array of Navaho and Zuni jwewlry, which she models here. Her bracelets and necklaces, all hand-made (of silver and coral), left: silver and turquosie, at right), go well with her fresh and feminine Mexican dresses. Collections, of course, tend to expand, and Linda’s now includes the pre-Columbian figures and necklaces seen below. Linda’s collection, worth $5000 today, is steadily increasing in value, but she keeps it for decorative rather than financial purposes. And decorate is someting that it does extremely well.

Linda Cristal TV Guide article

Vintage TV Guide article on Linda Cristal

Thank you to HC fan and newsletter reader
Sandy Oster for generously sharing this vintage TV Guide article.

Sandy also sent scans from Linda’s appearance on Hollywood Squares, as well as a favorite book many will remember.

Linda Cristal TV Guide

High Chaparral BookHigh Chaparral Book

Thanks Sandy!

post BarBara Luna Daeida Magazine Article

October 28th, 2008

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Guest Star BarBara Luna is featured in a Daeida Magazine interview, along with a gallery of photos.

Check out the online synopsis, where the author describes Barbara as “a bad girl in a good way”!

post Wagon Train DVD Sets with Denny Miller

October 28th, 2008

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Wagon Train DVD Sets
Feature Chaparral Guest Star Denny Miller

Denny Miller, who guest starred as Kolos in the episode A Way of Justice, is a well known character actor (see this archived newsletter article featuring him) and a favorite of many High Chaparral fans. He’s well known for his featured recurring role in the classic western TV series Wagon Train.

Wagon Train

Wagon Train Cast, including Denny Miller

Western TV fans can now purchase a newly released boxed set of 3 Wagon Train disks, with 12 total episodes, personally autographed by Denny. Each DVD features John McIntyre, as the Wagon Master, with Denny “Scott” Miller, Terry Wilson and Frank McGrath in recurring roles. Guest stars include Brian Keith, Bobby Darin, Jane Wyatt, Leonard Nemoy, Dennis Hopper and many other Hollywood greats. The DVDs are transferred from original film prints, providing high quality picture and sound reproduction, full screen presentation, interactive menus and episode selection.

Denny Miller as Kolos in the High Chaparral episode a Way of Justice

On November 4th the Wagon Train Color Collection set of 16 DVDs with 32 ninety minute episodes will be available. This special set includes recent interviews with Denny Miller and Robert Fuller.

Email your order (including name, address, city, state, and zip), and visit the official Denny Miller website.

This video clip from A Way of Justice features Denny Miller as Kolos, and Cameron Mitchell as Buck Cannon.

Cameron Mitchell and Denny Miller in High Chaparral

post Vincent Falcone on Harry Sukman

October 28th, 2008

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Vincent Falcone’s interview on Lunchtime With Ira, Live from the Las Vegas Hilton is available online. Vinnie speaks eloquently of his respect and friendship for Harry Sukman, composer of The High Chaparral music themes. Sukmans talent, history, and the art of scoring films and TV are discussed, as well as Falcone’s CD of Sukman music, Warm Heart, Cool Hands, which was produced by Susan Sukman McCray.

Warm Heart, Cool Hands includes Vinnie’s arrangement of Blue’s Theme from The High Chaparral, and other great Sukman themes.

post Jake’s Corner Movie Premier

October 28th, 2008

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Don Collier

Don Collier

Jake’s Corner, a film by Jeff Santo, premiered in the greater Phoenix area on September 5th. Don Collier has a role as the character Eight Seconds. You can see the movie trailer and music videos on the official website.

post High Chaparral Reunion 2009: Destination Tucson

October 28th, 2008

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The 2009 High Chaparral Reunion:
Destination Tucson

Planned Events

Every two years since 2003, fans and artist gather to celebrate the ground-breaking, highly acclaimed NBC Western The High Chaparral.

Loyal fans, keeping the beloved characters alive in their hearts and minds for over 40 years, will once again host a reunion for cast, crew, guest stars, and production staff. This once-in-a-lifetime event provides a unique opportunity to meet the artists who brought the Cannons, Montoyas, and Bunkhouse Boys to life.

October 16, 17, 18, 2009
La Posada Hotel & Old Tucson Studios
Tucson, AZ, USA
3 Day Fee $225

Henry Darrow at the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion

Henry Darrow at the
2007 High Chaparral Reunion

Meet the people who made the show great – guests who plan to attend include Henry Darrow (Manolito Montoya), Don Collier (Sam Butler), Bob Hoy (Joe Butler), Ted Markland (Reno), Rudy Ramos (Wind), Neil Summers (Stuntman), Kent and Susan McCray (Producer and Casting), Bob Shelton (Creator of Old Tucson Studios), and many more!

Register today to secure your spot at this 42nd anniversary reunion! All three days are included in the 3-day reunion fee of $225. Optional items are not included in this cost and can be reserved separately.

Don Collier at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Don Collier at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

The High Chaparral Reunion has a special reunion rate available at the La Posada Hotel in Tucson, AZ. Call (520) 887-4800 and ask for The High Chaparral rate: $69 for a standard room. A full American breakfast is included with your room. Check the accommodations and reserve now- rooms are limited so don’t delay.

You can also email La Posada at – Danielle is our special HC contact and will be glad to take care of your reservation.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 16

  • Beginning at noon: Meet and GreetRegister and check in to the hospitality room, meet other fans, and create special memories. Pick up your welcome packet, registration materials, memorial program, and goody bag of special surprises.

    Bob Hoy at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

    Bob Hoy at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

    Match well known names to faces, and keep an eye out for your favorite ranch hand.

  • Memorabilia/Keepsake/Souvenir Auction with Celebrity AuctioneerFast paced bidding led by one of the HC stars! Compete against your fellow fans for a favorite souvenir, and then get your winning item autographed.
  • Friday Evening DinnerJoin us for an exclusive, intimate dinner with the stars who made the show great. The optional Sponsor’s Dinner is an opportunity to thank the individuals and businesses who helped make the 2009 Reunion possible for everyone.
  • Friday Evening CampfireNight time around the campfire, cowboy coffee, songs, complete with stories – ghostly and otherwise – in the hospitality room.

Saturday, October 17

  • Old Tucson Studios

    Stuntman performing a high fall at
    The Mission at Old Tucson Studios

    Morning: Destination Tucson, Old Tucson Studios

    Destination Tucson: Old Tucson Studios with the Cast, Crew, Production Staff, and Guest Stars. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with the talented individuals who made The High Chaparral great – at the actual location ranch set! The Question & Answer session will include backstage stories, reminiscing, and video clips from the show.

  • Lunch at Old Tucson Studios will allow one-on-one time with your favorite star.Old Tucson is the perfect photo opportunity, and we’re planning for a professional photographer on hand if you opt for a posed photo on the ranch set. Or fire up your own camera and record this once-in-a lifetime event.This is truly the highlight of the weekend!
  • Saturday Evening DinnerAfter a day at the ranch, we’ll meet for an optional genuine Old West dinner.
  • Saturday Evening: Episodes with cast and crew

    Bob Hoy, Henry Darrow, Penny McQueen  at the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion

    Fan Penny meets Bob Hoy and Henry Darrow
    at the 2007 High Chaparral Reunion

    The High Chaparral Marathon continues in the Hospitality Room, with more episodes, conversation, and stories from the cast and crew.

Sunday, October 18

  • Morning: Photo & Autograph SessionFill up your goody bag with personally signed photos or other items from your favorite star at the Photo and Autograph Session in the Hospitality Room.
  • Noon Lunch BuffetBuffet lunch with fans, cast and crew, includes two entrees, salads, and desserts.
  • Afternoon Tucson Tour

    Don’t miss the rest of the incredible Arizona scenery on this optional Tucson Tour. See the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the location site for Hacienda Montoya. We’ll tour Saguaro National Park, and other points around the world famous, beautiful Tucson landscape, all from a comfortable and air-conditioned motor coach.

  • Afternoon/Evening Cast and Crew Q&AWatch favorite episodes picked by the cast and crew, hear their recollections of filming, with extended questions and answers after each episode.


  • $225 for all 3 days
    (not included – Sponsor’s Dinner, Saturday night dinner, Sunday Tucson Tour)

  • Optional event costs:
    Sponsor’s Dinner: $100
    Saturday night dinner $35
    Sunday Tucson Tour: $40

How to Register

  • Don’t miss this extraordinary event! Register today at The High Chaparral Reunion website.
    All registrations are non-refundable.

    All guests and events are subject to change! Guests may cancel due to health, schedule or other reasons, and reunion plans may change or events may be added or substituted.

    As always, comments or questions can be sent to

post Mark Slade Studio Updates

October 28th, 2008

Filed under: Cast & Crew News — admin @ 7:59 am
Mark Slade from the episode Hanging Offense

Mark Slade from the episode Hanging Offense

The official Mark Slade Studio website now has a shopping section, which links to the Morgan Riccilli Slade website. Aficionados of Mark’s work can purchase the Mystero 1 note card set of hand silk screened cards with envelopes, designed by Mark Slade.

The Fables Project, by Mark and his wife Melinda Riccilli Slade, has added a third fable, Mitsuko and the Wall.

post Q&A Octoober 2008

October 28th, 2008

Filed under: Question & Answer — admin @ 7:57 am

There’s so much talk about the Reunion – what exactly happens at one?

Great question and you asked at exactly the right time, since the schedule of events was just announced for the 2009 Reunion.

The event is called a Reunion because it originated as a way to honor the cast and crew of The High Chaparral, and provide an event that allowed all of them to reconnect – a true Reunion of the actors, directors, producers, and crew. It also gave fans an opportunity to meet their heroes, hear behind the scenes stories, talk with other fans, and watch the show.

The 2009 The High Chaparral Reunion promises to be very special, since we’re returning to the original ranch set at Old Tucson Studios. The Q&A with the cast and crew, which always yields wonderful stories, will without a doubt be incredible, at the actual High Chaparral ranch.

Read about past reunions and future plans at The High Chaparral Reunion Website. We’re fortunate to have videos available from the 2005 reunion, so you can experience a tiny bit of what it’s like to attend. The reality is much more fun – a bit like being on the ranch with the Cannons, Montoyas, and Bunkhouse Boys! Thank you to Ginny for taking and posting these videos for all to enjoy.

Don Collier and Bob Hoy at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Don Collier and Bob Hoy at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Bob Hoy (High Chaparral’s Joe Butler) listens to Don Collier (HC foreman Sam Butler)
talk about the turkey from the episode For What We Are About To Receive, at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion.
This video has been watched over 25,000 times on YouTube!

Rudy Ramos at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Rudy Ramos at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion

Rudy Ramos (Wind) at the 2005 High Chaparral Reunion, talking about the fine education
he received on the set – especially from the Bunkhouse Boys.

Would you be able to tell me if the ranch had a brand?? And if so, would you tell/show me what it was? I have not been able to locate it. I am looking on the website but have not found any information about it yet.
Cindi La Bash, 8/14/08

Interesting how High Chaparral questions seem to run in themes, as this item came up in June as well, so branding must be on several fans minds.

The High Chaparral did have a brand, and it was seen in several episodes. Kent McCray, producer of the show, told me how the brand was made. You can read about that and see it in an episode clip in the Newsletter Archives.

The Montoya brand wasn’t shown that I know of, although I’ve never specifically looked for it, but Manolito did wear a specific belt buckle that was very much like a brand – a big ‘M’ with an arrow through it.

At the beginning of each 45-min-episode you could see a red Indian standing on the top of a mountain, a wonderful picture. Have you got that as a jpg.-file would be great, cheers.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Johann -Georg Gross

The color plates that appear at the beginning of each episode were based on scenes from the original pilot. If you look closely you can identify the individual shots in the pilot. The Apache standing on the cliffs are in blue, while the ones riding horses are in red.

Although the original artwork from the show was destroyed, you can see copies of the opening color plates on The High Chaparral Website.

Red Panel from the introduction of each episode of The High Chaparral

Red Panel from the introduction of each episode of The High Chaparral

Can you tell me if the character of Annalee as the wife of John Cannon living for such a little time was always planned in the history of the ranch? Or were there last minute changes because of Linda Cristal, so she could be worked into the series?
Genaro Gil Vasquez

Because of Linda’s incredible talent and beauty, fans often ask this. I have a copy of an early version pilot script. In it Annalee dies in the first half, and John marries Victoria.

But our best source of information is Kent McCray, since he read the very first, original pilot script (read this archived newsleter story about the first time Kent heard about The High Chaparral) and so I went right to the best source. According to Kent, “Joan Caulfield (Annalee Cannon) was always to have been married to John Cannon when they first arrived at The High Chaparral and she was never set to star in the show – it was always written that she is killed in the pilot.  And the entire script idea of Montoyas and Cannons was set up in the pilot script by Denne Petitclerc.”

Susan McCray added, “Joan Caulfield was a lovely actress. All were very pleased that she would portray the role of Annalee in the pilot script. She knew, when she accepted the role, that if the show was picked up as a series by the network, she would not be around. The pilot was to be her character’s ‘swan song’.”

Watch this video clip from The first half of The High Chaparral pilot, Destination Tucson, showing Joan Caulfield’s last scene as Annalee Cannon. It also features Rudolfo Acosta as Vaquero. Alert fans will notice Annalee’s windchimes in the background.

Annalee Cannons last scene

Annalee Cannon's last scene