November 1st, 2008
Do you recall in which episode Manolito sang a song for Victoria?
Henry Darrow (Manolito Montoya) has a great singing voice. He released a single record, made during The High Chaparral days. The main cut is Little Green Apples. On the flip side, Henry provides hilarious impressions of his fellow actors on El Rancho Grande, in which Manolito tries to get to Tucson, but is waylaid by John, Buck, etc. Fans can listen to samples and get a CD copy personally autographed by Henry here.
In the episode Man to Match the Land, when Buck returns from staying at the Apache camp, Victoria arranges a fiesta to welcome him back, and Manolito grabs a guitar to sing about how he loves ‘Fiesta’ to her.
I don’t recall ever seeing any of the main cast smoking during the show, did any of the actors smoke? It’s good to watch a program where people don’t smoke all the while.
In ‘real life’ on the set – who knows? In that era smoking was common, so some of the actors could have been smokers. There are photos from a fan magazine in this archived newsletter article where some of the actors are on break. The quality of this reproduction is dim, but if you look closely you can see a cigarette in Cameron Mitchell’s hand.
In the 4th season episode Wind, rancher Ben Colton smokes a cigar and Will Todd smokes a pipe. As far as I can recall, none of the Chaparral characters are ever shown smoking.
This screen shot from The High Chaparral episode Wind shows neighboring ranchers Will Todd (Tyler McVey) smoking a pipe on the left, Walt Fraley (Scott Brady) center, and Ben Colton (Mark Tapscott) on the right smoking a cigar.
Does anyone remember the season when Buck has a collision with his brother John and leaves the HC? This theme actually runs for several episodes.
In the 3rd season there is a recurring story line about the purchase of the C-Bar-M ranch by Buck and Manolito. Trouble begins in The Brothers Cannon, when Buck, deciding Big John has disrespected him for the last time, leaves The High Chaparral ‘for good’. The brothers reconcile when Blue is injured. The story continues in A Piece of Land when Buck and Manolito purchase their own little ranch, the C-Bar-M, and again in Friends and Partners, as they discover living and working their spread isn’t all fun and games.
The C-Bar-M is referenced periodically throughout the season as they buy stock, refer to the cabin, land and water rights.
Buck also leaves the ranch in season one in Widow from Red Rock, and there are other episodes when John refers to him as being a wild card or loner.
Synopsis of episodes with photos are available on The High Chaparral website, and here is a clip of Buck’s breaking point from Brother’s Cannon:
Wasn’t Mark Slade in Sea Hunt? I remember him in underwater scenes.
Close, but nope! Mark starred as Taylor Reed in the movie Salty. After their parents are killed in a hurricane, Taylor and his young brother Tim Reed are befriended by a retired owner of a marina in Nassau, and adopted by a sea lion named Salty. The adventures of the Reed family and their mischievous pet sea lion continued in a 1974-75 TV series of the same name. Underwater scenes, including scuba diving on the coral reefs of Nassau, were often featured in the show.
For all Mark Slade fans, here’s a clip from the TV series Salty, where we see Mark handle a boat instead of a horse:
We had a recent batch of questions concerning The High Chaparral brand and Manolito’s belt buckle. Thanks to fan Jeanette Milward for providing this great photo with an excellent shot of the signature buckle. For everyone who inquired, here is a brooding Manolito and his flashy logo-buckle:
Henry Darrow as Manolito Montoya, with the fancy Montoya belt buckle.