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The High Chaparral Marathon on INSP
Watch as John Cannon goes against the odds to protect family and land.
The Cannon family struggles to maintain a cattle ranch in the rugged Arizona desert. The time is the 1870s, when survival means a fight against the elements, as well as renegade Indians and outlaws.
The High Chaparral Marathon Lineup:
1p – While in Texas
Destination Tucson-The Cannon family struggles to establish a ranch in the Arizona territory of the 1870s. Marauding Apaches are on the warpath. The Army orders the Cannon family to move on, but Big John Cannon won’t budge. While brother Buck recruits gun-carrying cowhands, Big John learns of another enemy: a Mexican land baron claims the Cannon property is his.
2p – The Arrangement
When John Cannon’s wife is killed during an Apache raid, and Buck, his brother, can’t stop Mexican bandits from rustling cattle. Unable to fight both Mexican marauders and the Indians — John makes an agreement with the Mexican land baron taking John’s cattle. The land baron insists that John marry his daughter, even if is against her will.
3p – Best Man for the Job
Three army deserters, who murdered Apaches on Cannon land, are taken prisoner by Indians. When Captain Dabney fails to rescue the men, but gains Apache hostages, he refuses to make a trade for the soldiers. Now, Cannon must give his son, Billy Blue, the job of secretly trading the hostages.
2p – Shadows on the Land
When John Cannon needs cattle from Mexican ranchers for his Army beef contract, he finds the Mexicans are being forced to sell at cheap prices to a ruthless cattle buyer. John offers them higher prices, he and the Chaparral face the wrath of the cattle baron.
2p – The Filibusteros
Buck, Victoria and Manolito return to the Montoya Ranch and become prisoners, with Don Sebastian, of a degraded former Civil War friend of Buck. Lanier and his disheveled army announce plans to create their own state.
2p – The Doctor from Dodge
When Billy Blue is forced into a showdown with gunfighters, he is saved by a wandering dentist with a fast gun. A grateful John Cannon sends Billy Blue along with the dentist to help establish an office in Tucson, but the road to the dusty city turns out to be filled with danger.
7p – The Price of Revenge
A widow, whose husband once owned the Cannon’s ranch, hires a fast gun to drive the Cannons off the land. When the hired gun tries to poison their water and plunder the ranch, John and the boys make a last desperate attempt to get the cattle to good water the save the homestead.
2p – The Widow from Red Rock
Buck Cannon goes to work as foreman for a lovely widow rancher and clashes with his brother John over family loyalty when the job appears permanent. As Buck falls in love with the widow, she begins to strive for quick riches and respectability.
9p – The Terrorist
When Manolito learns that his old friend plans to assassinate Benito Juarez, exiled President of Mexico, on the Cannon Ranch, he must find a way to stop him. Before Manolito can get help, Santos’s followers take over the ranch and prepare to kill Juarez upon his arrival.
10p – The Firing Wall
A Mexican bandit turned revolutionary captures the ranch hands at the High Chaparral and prepares to execute them in a twisted attempt to prove his power. Only Pedro escapes the capture and now must find a way to save the all the hands in captivity.
11p – Gold Is Where You Leave It
When John Cannon drives gold seekers from an abandoned mine on his land, they retaliate by plotting to kill the Cannon family. When the miners fail to kill Buck, Sam and Victoria while they are driving back to the ranch with supplies, the gold miners plan to destroy the ranch instead.
12a – The Kinsman
Uncle Dan Brooks arrives suddenly after a 15-year absence seeking safety in the heavily fortified ranch. He conceals the fact he is wanted dead or alive for murder and has been shot by bounty hunters Mace and Gurney. When Buck hires the bounty hunters as ranch hands, Brooks saves his own skin by offering to help Mace and Gurney steal the Cannon payroll.
1a – Champion of the Western World
Desperate for funds to buy a silver saddle, Billy Blue decides he must fight he must fight a boxing champ if he hopes to raise the funds to buy the saddle. Blue soon learns the champ needs the fight money to marry, leaving Billy in a predicament.