The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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The Brothers Cannon 

Buck first followed by Blue decides to leave the High Chaparral when they become too frustrated with the way Big John runs the ranch and their lives. Buck is tired of having orders with no notification and feels he receives no respect.


Leon Benson


Raphael Hayes


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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
Bob Hoy ... Joe Butler
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro
Don Collier ... Sam Butler
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Jeff Patterson


Buck is finding that his role at the ranch is being undercut frequently by Big John. Instead of letting Buck finish tasks he is assigned, Big John frequently has someone else take them over or Big John changes the orders without notifying Buck. The final straw comes when Big John has Sam assign Buck the low level job of cleaning out the tack room and a list of items to be checked there. To Buck this is below his dignity and when he complains to Big John it appears his concerns are not concerns for Big John. Therefore, Buck decides to leave the ranch. Big John won't stop him and tells Victoria that when their father died his last wish was for Big John to look after Buck who would need extra help. Blue having similar feelings to Buck, decides to follow Buck to Tucson. Buck sends Blue back home but only his injured horse arrives. Big John had gone to Tucson to find Blue but when he is not there and the men report Blue's injured horse, all join hands to work together to find Blue who fell... Written by Anonymous

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3 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One of the best
30 August 2019 | by sampafelipeSee all my reviews

This episode, as the title states, focuses on the complicated relationship of John and Buck, giving insights about their father. It gives the fine cast a solid foundation for some real acting which resonated with me, though I never had a brother. The relationships of the main characters get many chances to show their stuff, including Blue, Victoria and Manolito. Another rarity is there are clouds and rain in the episode, which give another visual angle on the lovely Sonoran desert, as well as providing a mood for the plot. It also shows the complexities of running a large ranch back in those days. Maybe one of the "quieter" examples of the series, it is well worth watching.

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