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Rawhide: Season 3, Vol. 1
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The tale of Gil Favor, trail boss, and Rowdy Yates, his assistant, as they drive cattle across the old West. Along the way they meet up with adventure and drama.
"Its always something," says grizzled cook Wishbone (Paul Brinegar) at one point to trail boss Gil Favor (Eric Fleming) after yet another crisis stalls their cattle drive. In the episode "Incident at Rojo Canyon," its a band of Confederate soldiers still fighting the Civil War. In "Incident of the Promised Land," its a bank scare and an embittered widow who strand the men without any money. But Rawhide was always more about character than cattle, blending gritty western action with compelling human drama. In "Incident on the Road to Yesterday," Frankie Laine (who sings the shows essential theme song) guests stars as a reformed outlaw trying to square his former misdeeds before turning himself in, only to discover hes being framed for murder. Anchored by Fleming, Rawhide was an ensemble series, although the presence of Clint Eastwood as Favors protégé Rowdy Yates, is of more immediate interest. Among his finest hours are "Incident of the Buffalo Soldier," featuring Woody Strode as a defiant African-American soldier on the run after killing a man in self defense, and "Incident at Poco Tiempo," in which Rowdy befriends two nuns being forced by two bank robbers to transport stolen money. Some of the most memorable of these episodes have little or no Clint at all. The best is "Incident of the Slavemaster," featuring Peter Lorre as a deranged cotton planter who is still keeping Union soldiers as prisoners. James Murdocks good-hearted, but simple-minded Mushy is the focus of a light-hearted episode, "Incident of the Captive," in which he stages the kidnapping of his mother (Mercedes McCambridge, the voice of the Devil in The Exorcist), who has come to bring him home (who knew he ran away from home at 17 and that his real name was Harkness Musgrove III?). Rawhide used the western genre to tackle some timely issues, including racism ("Buffalo Soldier") and the neglect of war veterans ("Incident at the Top of the World," featuring Robert Culp as a morphine-addicted soldier). Through it all, Favor guides the herd and his men with a cool head, firm leadership, and unwavering principles. Even if you missed Season One and Season Two, the authentic stories, vivid characters, and indelible performances make it easy to pick up Rawhides trail. These episodes, indeed this classic series, are USDA prime. --Donald Liebenson
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My favorite eps in this set are...
Season 3, Episode 5: Incident of the Slavemaster (Peter Lorre as the mad slave owner of Union prisoners! Priceless!)
Season 3, Episode 8: Incident at Poco Tiempo (The best ep here in my opinion that centers on Rowdy and Quince. Beautifully done and I fell in love with the saloon girl!...LOL)
Season 3, Episode 10: Incident of the Buffalo Soldier (Woody Strode as the ornery black soldier who just can't get past the chip on his soldier...Or does he?)
Season 3, Episode 13: Incident Near the Promised Land (Sedalia at last! But can we sell the beeves??)
Season 3, Episode 14: Incident of the Big Blowout (Let's hit the town boys!)
Season 3, Episode 15: Incident of the Fish Out of Water (Back east we go with Gil and Pete and Wishbone to see the Boss's daughters!)
Wish they would make more of the good old westerns that they use to. I miss them.