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Rawhide is the story about a crew of cowhands, driving a herd from San Antonio, Texas to Sedalia, Missouri. Boss of the cattledrive is Gil Favor. His right hand is ramrod Rowdy Yates. The scout's name is Pete Nolan and the cook on the drive is Wishbone. The cooks louse, which means the scullion, is Mushy. Jim Quince and Joe Scarlet are drovers and Hey Soos Patines is the wrangler. Together this crew persists a lot of adventures.Written by
The Mexican helper was named "Hey Soos". The actual spelling of his name is "Jesus", which, in Spanish, is pronounced "hey soos". There would have been letters of outrage if the character was named "Jesus". See more »
In the title song, Frankie Laine mispronounces "dogies" as "doggies". A dogie is a motherless calf, not a canine. See more »
Currently on METOO's new schedule at 4 pm on weekdays, right after "Maverick" and right before "Wild, Wild West" (followed by "Star Trek").
Don't know if I ever actually saw an episode of it when it was originally on, but I'm really captivated by it. Offbeat, unusual, surreal stories set in a mythical West. Kind of the "Naked City" of Westerns.
And the guest stars are there: Dan Duryea, Lyle Bettger, Brian Donlevy, MacDonald Carey, Rick Jason (as a treacherous Mexican), a young Dick Van Patten, Jack Lord, Noah Berry, Jr. (as a colorful Mexican), Martha Hyer, Marguerite Chapman, even Ann Robinson ("War of the Worlds"), Gloria Talbott ("I Married a Monster from Outer Space")
It ran for EIGHT SEASONS, over 200 episodes, from January, 1959, to December, 1965.
Eric Fleming is quite remarkable as trail boss Gil Favor, the most stolid man that's ever lived, with the code of honor of a Samurai, and just the right balance between toughness and open-handedness. I would vote for him for President any day. (P.S. He had a very interesting biography: http://airbnclean.co.uk/name/nm0281661/ )
And a young Clint Eastwood is quite striking as his impulsive right hand, "Rowdy" Yates. Also, veteran Western actor and country music figure (the immortal "One-eyed, One-horned, Flying Purple People Eater") Sheb Wooley is there as seasoned scout Pete Nolan. And Paul Brinegar makes the most cantankerous character of a cook you could ask for as "Wishbone".
And then there's that great theme song, performed by the immortal Frankie Laine. (Between that and the "Maverick" theme, I've got Western theme songs running through my head all day.)
I look forward to every episode; I'm collecting the whole set. A good time (not to mention a moo-ving experience) is always guaranteed, as one waits to see if the boys will get their difficulties straightened out before the commercial.
"Rollin', rollin', rollin' . . . "
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