post Cameron Mitchell as Rurik

May 13th, 2013

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Blonde hair and leather wrist gauntlets? It’s not Uncle Buck, this is Cameron Mitchell as Rurik in the 1966 Mario Bava-directed film Knives of the Avenger.

post Local Tucson Children  Join in the Fun at the 2013 HC Reunion

May 13th, 2013

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by Marianne Rittner-Holmes

High Chaparral Reunion goers of 2013 were treated to live entertainment at Old Tucson Studios during their visit there. Young vaqueros and señoritas, all decked out in Mexican traditional dress, played instruments, sang and danced in the shadow of the original High Chaparral hacienda.

The group is part of the The White Elementary Bulldog Mariachi and Folklórico program within the Tucson Unified School District. The effort offers a chance for kindergartners through fifth graders to learn an instrument, traditional dance, showmanship, self-confidence and discipline in a musical setting. They also learn the result of hard work and a positive attitude. To participate in the program, students must have a good academic standing and a good outlook, so they reflect well as school leaders and role models.

The Folklórico dancers and musicians delighted the HC’ers with more than a half-hour of dancing, singing and playing. The group performs locally in all sorts of venues, and is often at Old Tucson for various functions.

According to their brochure, 11-year-old Alissandra says, “I love folklórico because I get to put on pretty dresses and learn hard dances.” Another, 10-year-old Corinne, says, “It makes me feel amazing when I get up on the stage.”

While part of the school district, the group still needs financial support from the families and community to purchase and maintain the costumes, the instruments and to keep the membership open so more can participate. If you’d like to join The High Chaparral Reunion and help out, go to Click on Community tab, then AZ Tax Credit. Select White Elementary, and then Mariachi Program. The kids and teachers will be indebted to you for your help. Olé!

post Bill Claxton and Don Collier on set

May 13th, 2013

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Behind the scenes of The High Chaparral with Don Collier (ranch foreman Sam Butler) and director Bill Claxton.

post Cast at Old Tucson

May 13th, 2013

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Bob Shelton, founder of Old Tucson, introduces the cast of The High Chaparral after what was obviously a long, hot day of filming on location.


post Bob Hoy Interview

May 13th, 2013

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Star Talk celebrates 40 years of The High Chaparral in this interview with Bob Hoy

post Rudy Ramos Reads  Geronimo in Memphis

May 13th, 2013

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High Chaparral star Rudy Ramos will perform a reading of Geronimo, Life on the Reservation at the Memphis Film Festival during the weekend of June 13-15, 2013. For reservations see the website

Rudy premiered a reading of the one man play at The High Chaparral Reunion in Tucson, AZ in March of 2013 to rave reviews. He will debut the entire production at the 2014 High Chaparral Reunion in March.

A historical fantasy of Geronimo’s life on the reservation after his surrender that focuses on the resiliency and humor of the great Apache Indian leader.
Geronimo chats with his visitors using a stolen laptop to introduce humor and lighten the emotional load on his audience. Recalling a history of strife, betrayal, and battle, he says, “…I had to steal the laptop because the white men will never tell the whole story about the Apaches. They control everything that’s said about us in newspapers and books. Even the maps are slanted toward the whites. Look and you’ll see they’re dotted with each place we fought the white soldiers. Look closely. You’ll see that if the soldiers won, it was a battle. If we won, it was a massacre…”

In this presentation, Geronimo cleverly evolves from a surrendered Indian leader into a successful entrepreneur. He participates in wild west shows, the Chicago World Fair, and others. Keenly aware of how to work the political system, he joins the same church that Teddy Roosevelt belongs to and rides in his Inaugural Parade. Although he isn’t successful in getting everything he wants, he certainly succeeds in making the best of his situation.

Beaten? Geronimo was never beaten. He simply adapted to his present circumstances and learned to take advantage of the white man on a new battleground.

post High Chaparral at Memphis Film Festival June 13-15

May 13th, 2013

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“The High Chaparral” will be honored at “A Gathering of Guns 5” at the Memphis Film Festival June 13-15.

Series guest stars include Henry Darrow (Manolito), Don Collier (Sam Butler), and Rudy Ramos (Wind).

Additionally, Gregg Palmer who was seen in the “Ride the Savage Land” episode, Robert Loggia who guest starred on “The Deceivers” and “The Forge of Hate”, and Tommy Nolan who was on “Tornado Frances” will all be in attendance. Several “High Chaparral” episodes will be screened in the film rooms.

One of the events during the three day festival will be a “High Chaparral” panel discussion hosted by Boyd Magers of WESTERN CLIPPINGS. Rudy Ramos (Wind) will perform a special reading from the one man play “Geronimo, Life on the Reservation”.

The location is Sam’s Town Hotel/Casino in Tunica, MS, just outside Memphis. Call (800) 946-0711, Identify you’re with the Memphis Film Festival by using group code MEMF13-A.

Other guest stars include Robert Fuller, Dan Haggerty, Johnny Crawford, James Drury, James Best, Tim Considine and David Stollery (Spin and Marty), Terry Moore, Alex Cord and several others. Please go for more details on all the events.

post World’s Only Gumfighter

May 13th, 2013

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Don Collier Hubba BubbaVintage Article

How does it feel to be the world’s only Gumfighter?

“It’s great!” says Don Collier, the 51-year old actor-turned-TV cowboy who has shown America how to blow great big fat juicy bubbles that won’t stick to your face.

“But I have to admit, I thought I’d never do anything quite like this.”
“I found out about the part when an ad agency in Oklahoma called my agent, Bob Colvin, in Hollywood. Bob was excited and told me to jump on it, but I kind of hemmed and hawed for a while. After all, who ever heard of a Gumfighter?”

The native Californian prefers acting in roles with a Western theme. He began appearing in Western movies in 1948 and has worked closely with such great Western stars as John Wayne and Anthony Quinn. He starred in the early 1960s television series “The Outlaws,” and played the ranch foreman in The High Chaparral television series from 1967 to 1970. After the last series he began acting in television commercials.

“I found, much to my surprise, that I really enjoyed doing commercials,” Don recalls. “I don’t have to memorize as many lines. For instance, in most of the Hubba Bubba commercials, all I have to say is, ‘Big Bubbles, no troubles!’ Now, I can handle that without any problem!”

Don Collier Hubba BubbaAfter Don’s initial interview for the part of The Gumfighter, he was given a sack full of Hubba Bubba and told to “go home and practice blowing bubbles.” Although he claims he’s not really an avid bubble gum chewer, he did his homework and developed an expertise to rival that of a lifelong addict.

“Yea, I’m pretty good,” he drawls. “But I’ll tell you, it’s rough to blow a decent bubble when you have eight people looking at you and telling you, ‘Okay, blow one now!’ “

On Saturday mornings, Don follows the pattern of millions of children across the country and gets up early to watch cartoons.

I watch the bugs Bunny and Road Runner programs so I can see my commercials,” he says. “I sit there and analyze every move I make. I often find myself wishing I would have done one or two things a little differently!”

At first Don’s family and friends used to tease him about “growing up to be a Gumfighter,” but he says they have finally realized that it’s no joke.

“People recognize me on the streets now.” He says. “They say, ‘Hey, you’re The Gumfighter! Blow me a bubble!’“

And if his holster is loaded with Hubba Bubba, he obliges.