Rod Taylor plays Bill King, a ranch foreman, in a ratings-grabbing TV
movie based on a 1981 novel by Danielle Steel.
"Palomino" (along with another Danielle Steel offering, "Daddy")
was aired by NBC as counter-programming during the World Series.
opined at the time: "The films themselves aren't going to start any
Emmy talk, but none of the participants need be ashamed of working on them.
'Palomino' and 'Daddy' are well-crafted romantic dramas that ought to please
their intended audience, even while they aggravate the critics."
Bill King is the foreman of a ranch that Sam (short for Samantha and
played by Lindsay Frost) visits while trying to get over being dumped by
her husband. The ranch is owned by Caroline, a widow with whom Bill is romantically
involved. (Caroline is played by Eva Marie Saint, Rod's co-star from "36 Hours" and "Raintree
Sam's a photographer, and she's shooting a feature about cowboys. One
particularly photogenic cowboy is Tate (Lee Horsley). Tate particularly likes
Sam's long blond hair, which Bill says, "reminds me of a Palomino."
Sam begins to imagine a life with Tate a lot like the passion-filled
one Caroline has with Bill. But Tate cautions her: Bill hasn't married Caroline
because it wouldn't look right for her to marry beneath her station.
Drama and tragedy ensue until the mandatory redemption in the final act.