The High Chaparral (1967–1971)
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Ride the Savage Land 

Buck and Manolito come upon two white girls being chased by Apaches. They are able to save the older girl but her sister is retaken by the Apaches. Buck promises they will attempt to save her sister but everyone knows it is not feasible.


Richard Benedict


Tim Kelly


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leif Erickson ... Big John Cannon
Cameron Mitchell ... Buck Cannon
Mark Slade ... Billy Blue Cannon
Henry Darrow ... Manolito Montoya
Linda Cristal ... Victoria Cannon
Don Collier ... Sam Butler
Rodolfo Acosta ... Vaquero
Bob Hoy ... Joe Butler
Roberto Contreras ... Pedro
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Ira
Ted Markland ... Reno
George Keymas ... Ghost Medicine Man
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Ann (as Mary Jo Kennedy)
Claire Wilcox ... Olive
Gregg Palmer ... Colonel Bell


Buck and Manolito spot two young white girls on foot being chased by three Apaches on horseback. They are able to save the older girl but her sister is retaken by the Apaches. They give chase but run into a larger group of Apaches. Buck promises the girl they will retrieve her sister later. Back at the ranch they learn the girls parents were killed five years earlier and they have been slaves ever since. Big John hopes the Army who is expected shortly to go after the girl but they refuse. Given the girl's pleas Buck decides to go to Tucson to find help but no one thinks anyone will volunteer. Manolito joins Buck with the idea to buy the slave girl. An attack by three Apaches results in Manolito's horse being killed. They find a troop of soldiers putting up telegraph lines who sell them a horse and saddle after the Sergeant refuses to parley with some Apaches. Buck and Manolito leave but hear gunfire. They return to find the soldiers dead and themselves prisoners of the Apache who own ... Written by Anonymous

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11 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After the Apache attack Mano says his horse has been shot but the horse shown is Buck's horse (note the face marking). See more »

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Established the series
2 August 2018 | by kenstallings-65346See all my reviews

If there is a single episode that established the series The High Chaparral as an immortal western classic, then this is the one!

Ride the Savage Land went well beyond a stereotypical portrayal of Apache versus settlers and army. It delved into cultural mores who's differences formed the bulk of the conflict that raged across Arizona territory during this time.

The story is about people who care and want to do the right thing, surrounded by a hostile land where violence is as plentiful as the thorns of the sparse foliage. In southeastern Arizona, even the vegetation has to defend itself against attack!

It should be no surprise then that the group of people who established dominion over this land were harsh, uncompromising, and perfectly willing to use violence to subjugate and establish their will over others. And that is the one searing commonality between the Apache and the Americans who were the only culture able to defeat the Apache.

What separated The High Chaparral from other westerns is their desire to delve deeper into the cultural values of the Apache. What this series showed is that people willing to work with the Apache on their terms could find a degree of common interest and mutually agreeable solution, even if the path taken was alien.

The Apache test of courage was a rite of passage for a boy to become a man in their culture, and this is why the episode showed a celebratory dance carried out before the ritual was applied to Manolito.

The Apache were fiercely independent and perfectly willing to employ violence to defend their land against anyone they did not want on it. That reality was driven home in this episode by how the Army Signals detail was dealt with.

One cannot find a better written nor acted western. Ride the Savage Land put The High Chaparral on the map as a serious and timeless TV classic. It should be watched by all.

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