Before he became a fixture in the spaghetti Western genre, iconic actor Clint Eastwood shot to fame in the 1950s and '60s television series RAWHIDE. Considered one of the best TV Westerns of all time, the classic series followed the episodic adventures......more
Before he became a fixture in the spaghetti Western genre, iconic actor Clint Eastwood shot to fame in the 1950s and '60s television series RAWHIDE. Considered one of the best TV Westerns of all time, the classic series followed the episodic adventures of a band of rovers hired to drive cattle through the lawless terrain of the 1870s Wild West while encountering both natural and manmade dangers like anthrax and cattle rustlers. Eastwood starred as rover Rowdy Yates, the straight-arrow assistant to a tough-as-nails trail boss, Gil Favor (Eric Fleming), who also presided over trail hands Mushy (James Murdock), Quince (Steve Raines), Nolan (Sheb Wooley) and Wishbone (Paul Brinegar). This collection includes all 22 episodes of the cult favorite's debut season, which included guest appearances by Leslie Nielsen, Martin Landau, Lon Chaney, Dick Van Patten, DeForest Kelley, and Jack Lord.
The episodes have been restored and the picture and sound are as perfect as can be for a show made in 1959. This was no budget production. They took great steps to try to make the series as authentic as possible. Excellent outdoor live action shots while on the drive. The premise is based on journal entries from real trail boss George Duffield. Great guest stars also appear and the stories often have surprise twists in them. It's really a drama that just happens to take place during a 3000 head cattle drive on the Sedalia trail. A true western classic from the Golden Age of television. I just ordered season two.
Always enjoys spending time with the Rawhide Crew on
their cattle drive - reminds me when the series was on and when our life was not as rushed as it is today.
Also, have always loved hearing Frankie Lane sing the western songs for years gone by.
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