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Rawhide - The Complete First Season (1959)

Eric Fleming , Clint Eastwood  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 1180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F9T70K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rawhide - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • 23 episodes on 7 discs

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The tale of Gil Favor, the trail boss, as he drives cattle across the old west. Along the way they meet up with adventure and drama.

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234 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rawhide is one of the best Westerns May 20, 2006
By Metch
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First telecasted on January 9, 1959 until its last telecast on January 4, 1966, for a total of 8 seasons and 217 episodes.

The Show was about a group of Cattleman from Texas traveling North and taking their 3000 head herd to market. The show tell the stories of people met along the way and those who joined the regulars in transit.

The cast for this show is as described below:
*Rowdy Yates .....Clint Eastwood (Gil Favor's right hand man and second in command)
*Gil Favor (1959-1965).....Eric Fleming (The trail boss, the supervisor of the entire cattle drive operation)
*Pete Nolan (1959-1963).....Sheb Wooley
*Wishbone.....Paul Brinegar
*Jim Quince.....Steve Raines
*Joe Scarlett (1959-1964).....Rocky Shahan
*Harkness "Mushy" Mushgrove (1959-1965).....James Murdock
*Hey Soos Patines (1961-1964).....Robert Cabal
*Clay Forrester (1962-1963).....Charles Gray
*Ian Cabot (1965-1966).....David Watson
*Jed Colby (1965-1966).....John Ireland
*Solomon King (1965-1966).....Raymond St. Jacques

The First season of Rawhide was rated 28 out of the best 30 TV shows according to the Nielsen Rating (The Nielsen Rating is the percent of all TV-equipped homes tuned to the program on an average night, as measured by Nielsen Media Research). The show continued to climb even higher and reached its peak on the 1960-1961 season ranking 6th among the best 30 TV shows getting 27.5% of viewers.
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184 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the gold standard in western excellence April 11, 2006
Thoughts from various sources

from the VHS sleeve from CBS 'The Pitchwagon'

-At a time when TV westerns were either adapted from radio programs or based upon completely ficticious characters, Rawhide was a rare exception. Week after week, for seven years, Rawhide invited us on a historically accurate 1860's cattle drive from San Antonio, Texas to Sedalia, Kansas. Absolutely everything about Rawhide was first class. The rich, sprawling, hour-long episodes allowed characters to develop and powerful stories to unfold. The music, which included a hit theme performed by Frankie Laine, was written by Hollywood legend Dimitri Tiomkin. And best of all, the brilliant ensemble cast introduced Clint Eastwood in the role that made him famous-the young ramrod, Rowdy Yates.

-Rawhide, considered to be the best written and best directed Western on television. For seven seasons, Fleming portrayed an honest, independent, strong, intelligent, and heroic cowboy in the tradition of the American West. He embodied the mythic hero whose sense of justice and morality overrode all other considerations. Fleming's presence as Favor was so dominant that it centered the entire show and provided the base around which all the other characters revolved. Additionally, the character was provided with a personal history that enhanced his leadership. In four episodes featuring Favor's interactions with children (Incident of the Fish Out of Water, The Boss's Daughters, Incident of the Hostages, and El Hombre Bravo), his warmth, sensitivity, and overt compassion are particularly evident, adding depth, realism, and a gentleness to the character.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stampede!!!! May 6, 2006
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"What do you think this is? A beauty contest?! Now butt those saddles!!!!," growled Trailboss Gil Favor (Eric Fleming) to his band of cattle drovers during an episode of Rawhide.

it was lines like these delivered by Fleming with such vim and vigor that really made Rawhide such an outstanding western. Fleming was great as The Boss because he was an imperfect man. Sure he stood by his convictions and always battled the bad guys but he wasn't always right and he didn't always win. He was a believable character who often got down and dirty and came out bloody along with the rest of his crew. He was a man's man and a lady's man all wrapped into one.

His co-star was Clint Eastwood as the handsome, yet sometimes goofy Ramrod Rowdy Yates. I really liked Clint in this role because he actually played a good and decent guy who always tried to do the right thing. And in later seasons he evolved into more of the tough guy that would later define his movie career characters.

The rest of the ensemble inlcuded Paul Brinegar as the wily old camp cook "Wishbone", Sheb Wooley as dependable trail scout Pete Nolan, and Steve Raines as drover Jim Quince who could sing "Skip to my Loo" with the best of them. Rocky Shahan was the big and loveable drover Joe Scarlett and Robert Cabal was the horse rangler "Hey Soos" (obviously the network did not want to put "JESUS" in the credits!). and finally James Murdoch played the "slow-minded" cook's louse Mushy.

In later seasons the cast went through other incarnations. Sheb Wooley would be replaced briefly by Charles Gray as the maverick Clay Forrester. the final season would see Fleming and most of the cast gone and have John Ireland and Raymond St. Jaques join new Trail Boss Rowdy Yates for the series final ride into the sunset.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series for the western fan
Excellent series for the western fan. Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood are great as well as the supporting cast. Some very good story lines in these first season episodes. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ray2
5.0 out of 5 stars still have one DVD to watch of the first season and we are enjoying it...
still have one DVD to watch of the first season and we are enjoying it so much
we hate to shut it off. What wonderful viewing. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Theresa M. Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Head 'em up!
Do I really have to say much about this. One of the great classic Western tv shows, the last in black and white, but it's still... Rawhide!!!
Published 13 days ago by jadesun33
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope western fans like this show
I'm not into westerns, the reason I gave 3 stars, but that's not really fair because I've never seen it - I've just hears the theme song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rad
5.0 out of 5 stars nice series
Nice western series, black and white
Published 1 month ago by Marie G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 2 months ago by Armond Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Marina Zroka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful clint eastwood
Published 2 months ago by stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all Eastwood fans.
If you love Clint Eastwood movies, this is a must have for your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 2 months ago by drtotten
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Eric Fleming
I enjoyed reading every bit of that last post! great points!
May 14, 2006 by a reviewer |  See all 5 posts
CC or Subtitles
I notice there's not any answer so far to this question..My husband is very hearing impaired, and is hooked on rawhide series. What IM not understanding, is why doesn't it give the answer in the statistics of the rawhide description, if it has
closed caption or subtitles or not. Im noticing... Read More
Jun 20, 2012 by Hazeal |  See all 4 posts
I AGREE!!! I'd love to see this series on dvd season by season, especially the Ward Bond years. Those episodes with him were the best!
Btw, the show started out on NBC and then ended its prime time run on ABC. I believe during the ABC years, they would rerun the episodes during weekday... Read More
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