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post Authenticity will Keynote High Chaparral

July 3rd, 2011

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Reprinted vintage news article from June, 1967

The High Chaparral, the NBC television network’s September Western entry is going all-out for authenticity near Tucson, Arizona – all Apaches will be real Indians.

A talent search even turned up Nino Cochise, said to be a descendent of the great Indian leader Cochise.

Permanent sets have been constructed 20 miles west of Tucson adjacent to Old Tucson, location of more than 50 movies. The color series has taken advantage of the rugged mountains surrounding the area, the ‘forest’ of cactus at Saguaro National Monument and local working ranches.

Spanish and Indian language in the series will be ‘for real’, and over 300 authentic words in Apache sign language will be used.

The High Chaparral cast and crew returns to Paramount Studios in Hollywood every two weeks to film interiors.
Starring inn the hour-long action-adventure drama, which will immediately follow ‘Bonanza” on NBC-TV Sunday nights in the 1967-68 season, are Leif Erickson as John Cannon and Cameron Mitchell as brother Buck Cannon. Co-stars are Mark Slade as John’s son Billy Blue; Linda Cristal, as John’s second wife, Victoria and Henry Darrow as Victoria’s brother, Manolito Montoya.

The Western depicts the trials and adventures of the Cannon family in trying to establish a cattle ranch west of Tucson in the 1870s against militant opposition of Indians.

The High Chaparral is produced by Xanadu Productions in association with NBC-TV, David Dortort, creator of Bonanza and The High Chaparral is executive producer and Buck Houghton is producer.

Rudy Ramos as Wind

Rudy Ramos as Wind in season
four of The High Chaparral

Indian Joins Show

Vintage reprint from August 15, 1970

Rudy Ramos is the new boy on The High Chaparral. Rudy Is a 19-year-old Mexican-Indian from Oklahoma.
The show’s casting director was looking for that type, but couldn’t find him. Then Rudy wandered in and, after he read, he was quickly told that he had the part. At first, he didn’t believe it — it was all too sudden — but when he was convinced that it all had really happened, he had a reaction they still talk about in the program’s office.

He went over to the casting director’s pretty secretary and said, “Do you mind if I put my arms around you? I just had something incredibly wonderful happen to me, and I have to bold on to someone,”

Rudy is a good-looking boy, so Suzie said, “Be my guest,” and he stood there, with his arms around her and his head on her shoulder for a full minute.

Another Series

Vintage reprint from August 15, 1970

David Dortort, of Bonanza and High Chaparral, is planning to produce another series. It’s called Jinglebob which was the nickname of John Chisholm, the man who gave his name to the Chisholm trail. Descendants of
Jinglebob are still living in West Texas and New Mexico and are still in the cattle business,

Dortort, who plans to make a two-hour movie for NBC, hoping the series will spin off (as High Chaparral
did), will make this a modern Western, based around Chisholm’s descendants. “I will show what it is like to
be a cowboy today, the difference between now and 90 years back. In many respects the same kind of man is required now as was then, even though they use helicopter and four-wheel drive instead of horses.”

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