When you hear the whip crack, you know you can settle down for some real cowboy fun.The Premiere Episode of Rawhidefeatures a youthful Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates, a hand on the cattle drives run by trail boss Gil Favor and his crew of drovers. "Incident … see full wiki
One of the better T. V. westerns but nothing can match "Gunsmoke"
Feb 23, 2009
I am old enough to remember most of the T.V. westerns that burst onto the scene in the late 1950's. While they all of course were somewhat formulaic, there was a great disparity in quality. "Rawhide", starring a young Clint Eastwood, was one of the better ones. My wife and I both remembered the theme song and we began singing it when we started this tape, it had been a long time since either one of us had watched an episode. The story here is an interesting one, the men of the cattle drive encounter a prison wagon and they share a campsite. When the prisoners make a break, the deputy is killed and the Marshall seriously wounded. The trail boss Gil Favor then decides that he must take the wagon on to face justice and Rowdy Yates (Eastwood) volunteers to assist. Eastwood has already had a tussle with the beautiful woman prisoner and he is looking for action. The wagon is being pursued by a group of outlaws and the going is tough. When the wagon is being towed across a deep river the outlaws attack and in an ending that is a bit weak, but typical for the times, the woman turns on her outlaw husband and demonstrates that she is not a hardened criminal. Unfortunately, she dies as a consequence of the rescue. While "Rawhide" was a very good western, I could not help comparing it to "Gunsmoke" the best of them all. The background music and the deep and strong character development that made "Gunsmoke" such a major success is not present in "Rawhide."
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