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Clint Eastwood: What was the old TV series he starred in?

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Initial post: Oct 24, 2007, 6:08:06 PM PDT
Can't remember the name of the series but would like to find out. please can anyone tell me?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007, 6:39:53 PM PDT
Benny Katz says:
You probably mean "Rawhide". The first couple of seasons are available on dvd now. It's a western and in Black and white. Well written for horse opera.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007, 10:09:25 PM PDT
Thank you,

I will buy those. i love to watch old westerns. I'm a different sort of female i guess.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007, 11:52:27 PM PDT
fumanchu says:
Clint played a ranch hand called Rowdy Yates

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2007, 6:06:15 AM PDT
C. M. Street says:
Cattle Drover actually.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2007, 4:52:28 PM PDT
I was young when rhese series were on but i am old enough to enjoy them now.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 2:31:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012, 4:18:03 PM PDT
baker says:
Wasn't he the ramrod? Or was that Fleming.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012, 8:43:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2012, 9:30:17 AM PST
Algy says:
Despite the DVD credits of 'Clint Eastwood in...' actually young Clint was the regular Co-Star of 'Rawhide' for seven of the eight seasons only taking sole Lead for the final half season eight in 1966...

The late Eric Fleming starred as trail boss 'Gil Favor' & Clint played his young ramrod 'Rowdy Yates' (whom Favor was training up to become a future trail boss - which he is in that final season)

Despite what some guys try to make out Clint & Eric Fleming got on fine, while never close friends they had a good working relationship over seven seasons (Clint was shocked to learn of Fleming's tragic death by drowning in Peru in 1966)

Clint is well featured right from the beginning & soon emerges as a 'Co-Lead' given solo episodes in the second season onwards ('Incident on The Day of The Dead' & '...In The Garden of Eden' etc) plus Clint and certain fellow cast regulars are featured as duos in a few episodes, while early on it's mostly Eric & Clint featured together, or Eric Fleming as the main lead.

In later seasons it often was Eric or Clint taking a solo lead (the original scout 'Pete Nolan' played by Sheb Woolley was featured as lead a number of times too)

Clint's character 'Rowdy Yates' goes from a fresh faced 'wet behind the ears' kid to a wiser Trail Boss over the course of 'Rawhide' (- a number of episodes show him developing as a potential trail boss and duly maturing)

Eric Fleming either quit or was fired after a row with the Producers after season seven & thus left the show - Clint became Trail boss & sole star which he handled fine but the show's key Gil & Rowdy 'chemistry' was lost and many fans were upset to lose Fleming (CBS President hated the show minus Fleming & personally axed it after the further 14 episodes !!)

- that final season saw Rowdy Yates now as trail boss and the assumption is it's a later cattle drive set after Gil Favor has made his money & 'retired' with Rowdy (as hinted earlier several times in the show) duly having taken over as boss of the established band of drovers, plus a few new supporting characters were added including one of the first regular black characters to be featured in a TV show played by actor Raymond St. Jacques (this was before 'Star Trek')

Clint had already made 'A Fistful of Dollars' in 1964 (although it was released here in the later sixties) indeed The 'Man With No Name' & 'Rowdy Yates' actually wore the SAME boots (Clint's own !)

'Rawhide' could be eerily 'spooky' for a cattle drive series...with a Mysterious Dark Rider following them in one story, a weird driverless Gypsy wagon featured in another, a steer with 'Murder' carved on it's side brings death to whoever sees it in another tale (based on a actual legend of the old West) while a lost cattle herd of skeletons is grimly discovered in another story...plus Inicidents of the 'Druid Curse', 'Haunted Hills' and 'Incident on the Edge of Madness' were also notably spooky tales...l

In one story it appears that Clint's character has caught the lethal anthrax...('Incident of The Town in Terror')

Many later more famous actors can be seen guesting in episodes - Leslie Neilsen (playing it powerfully 'straight'), Jack Lord, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Deforrest Kelley, Ricardo Montalban (later Khan in 'Star Trek' etc) and many more....

Posted on Nov 24, 2012, 11:41:45 AM PST
Eric Fleming died shooting a film in Peru called High Jungle the canoe tipped over one actor made it to shore Eric Fleming was swept away by the current and drowned He did finished Rawhide .

Posted on Nov 25, 2012, 10:48:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012, 10:49:44 AM PST
Algy says:
Eric Fleming had already left the 'Rawhide' show before he was drowned in Peru while filming that intended pilot film for a new series.

Season eight (only a half season as it turned out) starred Clint Eastwood as the new trail boss Rowdy Yates tho' with the same cook Wishbone (Paul Brinegar), and a few other regular supporting cast from earlier plus two new supporting regular characters.

The other actor who survived Eric Fleming's drowning accident in Peru actually had hold of Fleming (by his hair) before Fleming - who was a strong swimmer - was sadly swept away in the raging torrent of a river (Health & Safety was not so apparent then....or it seems much later when actors like Vic Morrow & two young children died making 'The Twilight Zone' movie much later)
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