November 13th, 2013
DID YOU KNOW:
by Marianne Rittner-Holmes
That Executive Producer David Dortort created The High Chaparral and Bonanza? Both shows aired at the same time, with Bonanza running from 1959 to 1973, and The High Chaparral from 1967 to 1971.
The two shows often shared staff (Kent McCray, associate producer/production manager), stunt personnel (Henry Wills, who doubled for Pernell Roberts and was the stunt coordinator for THC), and music composers (Harry Sukman).
They also shared wardrobe, as you can see below in these saloon shots! Bonanza is on the left and The High Chaparral is on the right.