Rawhide: Season 2, Vol. 1
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Contains the first 16 episodes from 1960's season two.
It has the indisputably greatest TV theme song ever, not to mention the young Clint Eastwood in a starring role, but if that's all you know about Rawhide, then this four-disc, 16-episode set, the first of two expected volumes from the 1959-60 season, will likely be a revelation. Like many series of its ilk, and other ilks as well, Rawhide combines elements of action, drama, humor, and a little romance. But this is a horse opera of a different color. The action is muted; there's little in the way of gunplay, a lot of scenes are fairly talky, and even though the show is nominally about an endless cattle drive, Eastwood's Rowdy Yates (who appeared in all 217 episodes produced during an eight-year run) and the other hands (including the gruff but righteous trail boss Gil Favor, played by Eric Fleming, and the cook Wishbone, amusingly rendered by Paul Brinegar) don't spend a whole lot of time tending to their cattle, often finding themselves distracted by the turbulent personal lives of the folks they encounter along the way. In fact, while it may be a Western, the show emphasizes characters over cows: the cruel ranch owner (Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors plays a Mexican woman--go figure) whose husband, daughter, and employees all despise her; the punch-drunk old bare knuckles boxer whose widowed daughter-in-law harbors a secret agenda; the Indian cowhand (played by John Drew Barrymore, father of Drew) estranged from his tribe for joining up with the white man. There's also a pronounced psychological element (our heroes match wits as well as weapons with evil townsfolk, Indians, revolutionary Mexicans, and even a killer puma), and a little mystical mumbo-jumbo ("haunted" hills, a Druid curse, the appearance of St. Elmo's fire on the cattle's horns in a lightning storm) to boot. And while Gil, Rowdy and company are sometimes too trusting, they're fair and honest guys who defend strangers, stand up for folks in need, and invariably do the righteous thing. Add to that some nice transfers of the show's great-looking black & white cinematography and a chance to hear Frankie Laine sing "Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep them dogies movin'" twice in every episode, and what's not to like about Rawhide? --Sam Graham
- The first 16 episodes from the 1959-1960 season on 4 discs
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Plenty of good episodes to start RAWHIDE SEASON 2 VOLUME 1. Director Jack Arnold (Creature From Black Lagoon; Incredible Shrinking Man; Gilligan's Island (!) tv fame) takes the reigns on at least one episode as does another B-movie director Gene Fowler Jr who helmmed the rather famous early Michael Landon "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" as well as "I Married A Monster From Outer Space" with Gloria Talbot.
Victor McClaglen Jr. directs his dad - portraying a punch drunk, bare knuckle fighter - in a good episode with an effective performance by Anne Francis (Forbidden Planet).
Eventually Season 2 Volume 1 offers a string of episodes with plenty of "real" Texas (Arizona) footage -- even the drover camps are not sets! Classic black-and-white! Picture is great!
The drovers feel cursed in the Saint Elmo's "Blue" fire episode when Skip Homeier ("the Gunfighter" with Gregory Peck) appears like "death".
A prairie fire is reasonably well done in another (superimposed some ... but still not bad) episode.
"The Incident At River Station" episode has a town paranoid and not trusting the "new" vaccination of small pox. The death of a drover who had been vaccinated 8 years earlier causes much confusion and concern.
There are 16 episodes on volume 1 season 2 of RAWHIDE.
I will be checking out season 2 volume 2 soon.
Strong 4 stars but just a bit too dated for a 5 star rating, although this is great tv
for a season that ended in 1960.
This set of Rawhide has sixteen episodes & they're in excellent condition. Though Clint Eastwood (Rowdy Yates) receives second billing, Sheb Wooley (Pete Nolan) is just as visible. Paul Brinegar (Wishbone) appears to have more screen time but James Murdock (Mushy) is still tagging along but not with much to do. We occasionally see Rocky Shahan (Joe Scarlet) but he doesn't say much. Robert Cabal (Jesus or as the credits put it, Hey-Soos) makes a single appearance.
The set opens with " Incident of the Day of the Dead" which has Rowdy as the primary character. It's a peculiar episode of Rawhide that has Rowdy at a ranch to attempt to break a wild stallion that no one else has been able to. It's eerie music will give you a sci-fi flashback. "Incident of the Roman Candles" was a bonus episode of the first season. The episode features Pete Nolan as the main character. "Incident of the Shambling Man" has Victor McLaglen & Anne Francis as guest stars. Mclaglen is a former boxer that has delusions of being in the ring again. Most consider him harmless but his daughter-in-law (Francis) sets him up as dangerous & lies about him attacking her. "Incident of the Thirteenth Man" has Wishbone with a toothache. Wishbone & Rowdy go to the nearest town & get forced into jury duty. "Incident of the Stalking Death" has Cesar Romero as a guest star. In this episode Favor has wounded a cougar but it has escaped. A visit from a senora leads Favor into taking more interest in finishing off the cougar. Romero sees Favor as competition for the senora so he plans to kill him. "Incident of the Blue Fire" is an episode I actually remember. The St. Elmo's fire bit on the cattle has always stuck with me. Skip Homeier (Lucky) is the guest star. This is the only episode Jesus appears in; it's also the only episode Charles Marquis Warren directs in this set. This episode has a mild Twilight Zone-like twist. In "Incident at Spanish Rock" the drovers encounter a band of Mexican revolutionaries. "Incident of the Druid's Curse: is another strange episode of Rawhide. "Incident at Red River Station" involves a smallpox incident. The twist in this episode is the doctor expressing that everyone should be vaccinated. Nowadays we know about this but it was a novel idea in that period.
Overall this is a very good set of Rawhide episodes. But it's odd, after all these years, to see a young Clint Eastwood who's character isn't the star & learning about the cattle business. There are absolutely no bonus materials included in this set, not even subtitles. CBS/Paramount has really skimped on this set though they didn't really have much bonus material in the season one set.
"Head 'em up! Move 'em out!" Rollin', rollin', rollin'...
The Second season Vol.1 will consist of 16 episodes and they are as follows:
24- Incident of the Day of the Dead 9/18/1959
25- Incident at Dangerfield Dip 10/2/1959
26- Incident of the Shambling Man 10/9/1959
27- Incident at Jacob's Well 10/16/1959
28- Incident of the Thirteenth Man 10/23/1959
29- Incident at the Buffalo Smokehouse 10/30/1959
30- Incident of the Haunted Hills 11/6/1959
31- Incident of the Stalking Death 11/13/1959
32- Incident of the Valley in Shadow 11/20/1959
33- Incident of the Blue Fire 12/11/1959
34- Incident at Spanish Rock 12/18/1959
35- Incident of the Druid's Curse 1/8/1960
36- Incident at Red River Station 1/15/1960
37- Incident of the Devil and His Due 1/22/1960
38- Incident of the Wanted Painter 1/29/1960
39- Incident at Tinker's Dam 2/5/1960
I really did not like the idea of having this season being released in two separate sets or volumes due to the fact that 7 more seasons remains including this season, and if each season will be devided into two volumes I think we will have to wait at least 3 to 4 years before we have the whole show.
I hope that the future seasons will be released in Complete season sets.
Thank you for reading my review and have a nice day :)