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I hadn't seen HC in years and was happy to see it being rerun on the INSP weekend bloc of Westerns.
Dortort spent a lot of money on it and it shows onscreen. Beautifully filmed and in all aspects a superior production.
Ironically INSP shows a lot of Westerns because of the family and moral values they espouse. I don't think that the powers that be there are actually viewing HC. Because the men on the show make no bones about wanting to get drunk and seduce the saloon girls and uber-babe guest stars such as Barbara Luna.
In the 2 part series opener, Uncle Buck takes Blue Boy into town to hit a saloon, gets him his first beer and pays one of the girls to spend some "time" with the unworldly Blue.
In another episode, Manolito steals(no Cartwright would do that) his sister's pride and joy, her imported Paris hat, and gives it to Pearlita, the um, town social director, in exchange for a 'date'.
Victoria is humiliated when she later spots Pearlita wearing the hat to the Fourth of July fiesta. It sounds cruel but it's played for laughs and is quite funny.
The writing for HC is consistently better than many of the Bonanza episodes of the same time because Dortort was putting his best efforts into HC at the expense of Bonanza.
I would just note that all the ex NBC westerns INSP is rerunning, Daniel Boone/Bonanza/High Chaparral/The Virginian are a feast for the eyes and would be too expensive to make today.(note how much series today are studio set bound)
RCA owned NBC and spent a fortune on these shows visuals to promote selling their new at the time color tv's.
You also had the (very important though overlooked)factor of all the ex movie techs who had moved into television when the movie studios declined, bringing decades of expertise with them.
Today their counterpart would be a goatee wearing poser, one year out of college, living in Brooklyn to pretend to be cool, doing his version of filming with digital cameras that cant catch one fourth the richness and colors on display in these earlier productions.
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