Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:34 pm
Buck Cannon (played by Cameron Mitchell) has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, John. In fact, John promised their father on his deathbed that he would always take care of Buck (whether Buck liked it or not), and he has done that for most of their lives, except during the Civil War. Buck chose to fight for his native Virginia with the Confederacy, while brother John fought for the North. It was a decision that appears to have separated the brothers for some time, with only John's dream of an Arizona cattle ranch bringing them together again.
Although Buck Cannon isn't the brightest of the Cannon boys, he is the most colorful. And even though, he isn't book smart, like John, he certainly is wise in the ways of the human heart. He's a weather-beaten and tough-as-nails-on-the-surface cowboy, but a huge, tender heart beats within him.
Buck fights tirelessly for the underdog because he counts himself as one. Yet, he stands tall among the bunkhouse boys and his family for his loyalty and compassion. In times of crisis, it's Uncle Buck that Blue Boy often turns to for the solace and understanding he could never expect to receive from his father. And though Buck's advice is not always eloquent, it does come directly from that over-sized, selfless heart.
A handsome man, with laughing eyes and sunny hair, Buck is as attractive to women as they are attractive to him. He has never been married, however, and has no children. There is little question that the real love of Buck's life is his nephew, Blue - his little Blue-boy, as he still insists on calling the twenty-year old youth. Buck is absolutely devoted to his brother's son, and there is no question that the affection is reciprocated - for it is to Buck that Blue turns first for advice, support and companionship.
Buck also has a deep, caring, almost worshipful relationship with his sister-in-law, Victoria, whom he admires and adores, and who has done the most, certainly, toward "civilizing" him. And Victoria's brother, Manolito, is easily Buck's best friend, his favorite drinking companion, and friendly rival in the field of love. It is his relationship with his brother, John, however, that continues to dominate Buck's life, and to define him. It is a relationship fraught with pain and misunderstanding, for the two men could not be more unalike, and John's powerful personality would be difficult for even the most secure individual to contend with. But it is still a relationship fueled by the deepest love, however badly or infrequently expressed. For there is no doubt that the two brothers love each other, and would do anything for each other, as long as they do not kill each other first.
You can count on Buck - most of the time. Buck isn't dishonest; he's just gullible. The crazier the scheme, the harder Buck will fall for it. And Buck tackles life with enthusiasm and reckless abandon. He won't stop until he has achieved whatever goal he has set before himself. He is a hard drinking, hard loving, hard fighting man!
Buck tells it exactly as he sees it. He'll tell you in an instant that he's nothing more than what you see, but don't believe him. He's made up of his life experiences and weighty inner conflicts, like his need to measure up as something more than John's inadequate younger brother; the sorrows of lost loves and romantic deceptions; his passion for the land that rages against him; the torment of his darker days as a drifter and soldier in the Confederate Army; and a precarious love/hate relationship with the Apache.
~ (Thanks in part to Mary Ann Draves and Sheryl Clay for this description)