||Eric Fleming: Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood: Rowdy Yates
Wishbone: Paul Brinegar
Toothless: Bill Thompkins
Pete Nolan: Sheb Wooley
Jim Quince: Steve Raines
Hey Soos Patines: Robert Cabal
Clay Forrester: Charles Gray
Jed Colby: John Ireland
Simon Blake: Raymond St. Jacques
Mushy Mushgrove: James Murdock
Joe Scarlet: Rocky Shahan
Ian Cabot: David Watson
"Rawhide" was the saga of a group of cattle drovers and their weekly adventures and travails as they tried to guide a herd of cattle up the Chisholm trail from Texas to Kansas. The show premiered on January 9, 1959 and ended on December 7, 1965. The crew was led by their Trail Boss and father-figure Gil Favor, played by Eric Fleming. A very young Clint Eastwood played the volatile young Ramrod, Rowdy Yates, a man who regularly won the loyalty of his crew and the hearts of young girls.
Wishbone, played by Paul Brinegar was the
crusty cook with a heart of gold; a man who could offer both sage advice and
acerbic comments as the situation warranted. Each week, the drovers had to
overcome either natural disasters such as flood or drought, or human problems
with the dangerous or odd characters they collected along the way as they
struggled to deliver their herd of cattle. Occasionally, the series would have
the crew reach their destination and deliver their herd, only to start a new
trail drive the next week.
"Rawhide" was one of the most popular of the early Westerns, but the series ended rather abruptly after Eric Fleming drowned while filming a movie. After Fleming's death, Eastwood took over as trail boss for the last 13 episodes during the final season. In all, 217 episodes of Rawhide were filmed. The series is often remembered as the vehicle which launched the budding career of Clint Eastwood.
The theme song by Frankie Laine is one of the most well-remembered theme songs of the Westerns.
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