The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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The Guns of Johnny Rondo 

Buck knowingly hires a gunman Johnny Rondo and his son to work at the ranch. Johnny has given up his guns and is taking his son to California. However, three men catch up with them and want revenge for the death of their young brother.


Phil Rawlins


Gerry Day


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Episode cast overview:
Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon
Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon
Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon
Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya
Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon
Steve Forrest ... Johnny Rondo
Kurt Russell ... Dan Rondo
Roy Jenson ... Jed Tate
Mel Gallagher Mel Gallagher ... Jason Tate
Wayne Storm Wayne Storm ... Joshua Tate
Patrick Sullivan Burke Patrick Sullivan Burke ... Bartender
James Nolan ... Charlie McKendrick (as Jim Nolan)
Bob Hoy ... Joe Butler


Gunman Johnny Rondo and son Dan arrive in Tucson on the way to California looking for odd jobs. Johnny is half Indian so a rancher refuses to hire him but Buck who knows who he is hires him for the High Chaparral and allows Dan to stay with him. Due to tight quarters in the bunk house Dan stays in the guest room at the ranch house. Johnny is a good hand and even Dan does the job of a man. When Dan turns seventeen, Johnny gives him a watch his dad gave him with pictures of Johnny's wife and mother. What Dan really wants is a gun and learn how to use it but Johnny refuses to allow it. Seeing the job Dan does, Big John starts paying Dan his own salary which Dan uses to buy a gun to the dismay of his father. Only Blue is willing to go against Johnny's wishes and teaches Dan how to shoot. The three Tate brothers who are on Johnny's trail and want revenge for the death of their young brother find Johnny at Tucson. Johnny has to take them on as Big John helps stop Dan by drugging him. Buck ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 February 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the historical facts in the plot are relayed to the viewer by the singing of the song "The Guns of Johnny Rondo" at different points in the show which tells why Johnny became a gunman and is on the run. See more »


Sung by Faron Young
Words and Music by Joe Lubin, Gerry Day, Harry Sukman
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Possible Pilot?
1 September 2010 | by powersrocSee all my reviews

This was another entertaining episode of THC.Johnny Rondo(Steve Forest),a former gun-for-hire wants to start a new life with his son(Kurt Russell),one devoid of guns.This episode always struck me as a possible pilot/spin-off for its own TV series.Generally most TV shows do employ the method of having one of their episodes serve as a pilot for a new show.Some succeed,most do not.My other favorite western alongside THC,Laredo,was originally first presented on an episode of The Virginian.Laredo itself had two of their episodes utilized as pilots:One with Jack Lord,pre-Hawaii Five-O,another with the popular singing team of Chad & Jeremy.Star Trek offered Assignment:Earth as a possible spin-off,Maude was first introduced on an episode of All in the Family & The Jeffersons also spun-off from AITF,Good Times from Maude.Its a technique still employed by TV to this day.

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