Rawhide (1959-1966)

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    • Rawhide (1959-1966)

      RAWHIDE

      CBS TELEVISION


      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Gil Favor, as the trail boss is on a cattle drive,
      with his side kick and ramrod, Rowdy Yates,
      run into, all sorts of characters and adventures,
      on a continuous cattle drive..
      by ethanedwards

      Series Cast
      Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates (217 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone (215 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Steve Raines ... Jim Quince (214 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor (202 episodes, 1959-1965)
      James Murdock ... Mushy (202 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlett / ... (181 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos (112 episodes, 1959-1965)
      Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nola

      and manyof Duke's 'Pals'
      John Ireland, Edward Faulkner
      Burgess Meredith ,Cesar Romero
      Bob Steele, Dan Duryea
      Jay C. Flippen, Marie Windsor
      Broderick Crawford ,John Agar
      Chill Wills,Albert Dekker
      Neville Brand, Debra Paget
      Strother Martin ,Timothy Carey
      William Fawcett ,Harry Carey Jr.
      Hank Worden ,Woody Strode

      Other guest stars, included:-

      Buddy Ebsen, Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Lord, Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Claude Akins, Eddie Albert, Michael Ansara, Mary Astor, Frankie Avalon, John Drew Barrymore, James Best, Charles Bronson, McDonald Carey, Jr., Elisha Cook, Linda Cristal, Robert Culp, Royal Dano, Troy Donahue, Brian Donlevy, , Barbara Eden, Leif Erickson, Beverly Garland, Charles Herbert, Earl Holliman, Alan Hale, Jr., Dwayne Hickman, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Ruta Lee, Jock Mahoney, Mercedes McCambridge, Burgess Meredith, Robert Middleton, Vera Miles, Martin Milner, Leslie Nielsen, Susan Oliver, J. Pat O'Malley, Marion Ross, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Stanwyck, Ed Wynn, & Dick York,

      Series Directed
      Andrew V. McLaglen (6 episodes, 1959-1962)
      Joseph Kane (6 episodes, 1960)
      who worked with Duke.
      and many more...

      Trivia
      * Soon after Clint Eastwood made his Italian westerns, Jolly Films (which produced Per un pugno di dollari (1964)) came out with a film called (in English) "The Magnificent Stranger", which was actually two episodes of "Rawhide" (1959) edited together ("The Backshooter" and "Incident of the Running Man"). Clint Eastwood sued and the film was withdrawn.

      * Clint Eastwood got his role in "Rawhide" (1959) while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he "looked like a cowboy."

      "Rawhide Theme"
      Created and Composed by Dimitri Tiomkin
      Lyrics by Ned Washington
      Recorded by Frankie Laine

      Goof
      In some episodes Gil Favor is seen wearing Wrangler jeans - rivets and the trademark "W" on two pockets. The Wrangler brand wasn't sold until 1947.

      Filming Locations
      Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      (western streets)
      Big Sky Ranch - 4927 Bennett Road, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      CBS Studio Center - 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Chinese Camp, California, USA
      Lone Pine, California, USA
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
      Nogales, Arizona, USA
      Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA
      Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      Rawhide is an American Western series that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network
      on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965,
      before moving to Tuesday nights from September 14, 1965 until January 4, 1966,
      with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes.
      Starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood, the series
      was produced and sometimes directed by Charles Marquis Warren
      who also produced early episodes of Gunsmoke.

      Spanning seven and a half years, Rawhide was the fifth-longest-running American television Western,
      beaten only by eight years of Wagon Train, nine years of The Virginian,
      fourteen years of Bonanza, and twenty years of Gunsmoke.

      Another childhood favourite, but to me,
      not as great as the ones, already mentioned.
      Ironically, Clint Eastwood was critiscized in this series,
      and critics felt he would go no futher.
      Great knowledgeable critics, heh!!!!

      Interestingly Clint began filming
      A Fistful of Dollars, in 1964 while on a summer break from Rawhide.
      Apparently he took with him, and wore the same boots,
      shirt and gun grips that he wore on the series.
      He got the role after practically every other
      cowboy actor in Hollywood had turned it down.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Another childhood favourite, but to me,
      not as great as the ones, already mentioned.
      Ironically, Clint Eastwood was critiscized in this series,
      and critic felt he would go no futher.
      Great knowledgeable critics, heh!!!!



      Hi Keith:

      I agree with you - not as good as many of the other classic westerns that were previously mentioned, but no one can deny that it had one of the classic theme songs which 50 odd years later, I can still sing word-for-word..!!

      Your comment about the critics and Clint Eastwood was funny - wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall when these same critics, for example, got together over a beer with the numerous people who turned down The Beatles when they were shopping around for a record label back in 1962 or 1963.becasue they thought they would never amount to anything..:teeth_smile:
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      Hi may2,

      Interestingly Clint began filming
      A Fistful of Dollars, in 1964 while on a summer break from Rawhide.
      Apparently he took with him, and wore the same boots,
      shirt and gun grips that he wore on the series.
      He got the role after practically every other
      cowboy actor in Hollywood had turned it down.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Hi may2,

      Interestingly Clint began filming
      A Fistful of Dollars, in 1964 while on a summer break from Rawhide.
      Apparently he took with him, and wore the same boots,
      shirt and gun grips that he wore on the series.
      He got the role after practically every other
      cowboy actor in Hollywood had turned it down.


      I had read somewhere that Clint wasn't too keen on the role originally either (he eventually took it on for a $15,000 paycheck after James Coburn either turned it down outright or Sergio Leone wouldn't budge on th $25,000 that Coburn was asking for).

      But Clint's wife persuaded him to take on the role saying that at worst, they would enjoy a modest paycheck coupled with a summer vacation in Italy and Spain (where the exterior shots were filmed).

      So Clint acquiesced and the rest is history as they say..!!
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      I loved this series as well, but probably only saw about one-third of the total episodes made.
      BTW - Did they ever get the herd to market? They had so many distractions that the herd had to stay in one place for days at a time while they tended to other matters!:teeth_smile:
      Cheers - Jay:beer:
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      The 30 September marked the accidental death of Eric Fleming, who played trail boss in Rawhide, with Rowdy ( Eastwood) as ramrod.

      Poor Eric was drowned aged 42, 42 years ago, only a few years after leaving Rawhide whilst filming in South America when a canoe overturned.

      There were 2 in the canoe, Eric was a very experienced swimmer and diver but the current dragged him down the Heluaga River, whereas the other man was able to swim to safety.

      Eric's body was found 3 days later, and his fiancee was at t he river that day he drowned, they were to be married 2 days later, this was the final shoot i think, and they were then retiring to Hawiia where he had brought a farm.

      RIP Eric.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      jessie wrote:

      The 30 September marked the accidental death of Eric Fleming, who played trail boss in Rawhide, with Rowdy ( Eastwood) as ramrod.

      Poor Eric was drowned aged 42, 42 years ago, only a few years after leaving Rawhide whilst filming in South America when a canoe overturned.

      There were 2 in the canoe, Eric was a very experienced swimmer and diver but the current dragged him down the Heluaga River, whereas the other man was able to swim to safety.

      Eric's body was found 3 days later, and his fiancee was at t he river that day he drowned, they were to be married 2 days later, this was the final shoot i think, and they were then retiring to Hawiia where he had brought a farm.

      RIP Eric.

      Thanks for this Jessie, it was indeed a tragic event.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      Just also wanted to add that they have Clint Eastwoods picture pretty central on the DVD series covers... i guess he is alive, he has the big name etc.. he draws the people that are too young to remember Eric, and how he was pivotal in carrying that series, and after he left at the end of series 7, series 8 with Rowdy as ramrod only lasted half the season beofre it was pulled, once Eric left that was it, the audience had already seen so many of their favourites get pushed, but the Boss gone... no way...................... it just was not going to fly.
      No Boss..no takers.....

      Eric also did 2 episodes of Bonanza, 1 of them in 2 parts and aired the day it was announced he had drowned, it starred Dina Merril and was called " The persued" it's on utube the other episode was a single airing close to the other one.
      Also i think i may have the date of Eric s death wrong, have to double check, but i think it was 28 Sept not the 30..

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Rawhide (1959-1966)

      jessie wrote:

      Just also wanted to add that they have Clint Eastwoods picture pretty central on the DVD series covers... i guess he is alive, he has the big name etc.. he draws the people that are too young to remember Eric, and how he was pivotal in carrying that series, and after he left at the end of series 7, series 8 with Rowdy as ramrod only lasted half the season beofre it was pulled, once Eric left that was it, the audience had already seen so many of their favourites get pushed, but the Boss gone... no way...................... it just was not going to fly.
      No Boss..no takers.....

      Eric also did 2 episodes of Bonanza, 1 of them in 2 parts and aired the day it was announced he had drowned, it starred Dina Merril and was called " The persued" it's on utube the other episode was a single airing close to the other one.
      Also i think i may have the date of Eric s death wrong, have to double check, but i think it was 28 Sept not the 30..

      I agree Jessie, once you lose your main characters, the series has gone.
      Eric died on September 28th. 1966.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England