Favor sees his herd destroyed after he takes a calculated risk in taking a dangerous short cut to get the herd to market ahead of a rival. Favor and the owners have to decide if he is up to bossing ...
Favor and Rowdy looking for grazing and water in the Lost Mountains find their path blocked by Indians and an old white man. They hire a guide but he is killed after a lost woman joins them. She has ...
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 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. See more »
These were simple, friendly stories about the same Old West you may have read about as a kid. Did it really exist? Who cares? The time and place these video plays were set in is made of the same clay and light as the one where "The Twilight Zone" was set. Both relied on a degree of attention to plot and character by the viewer as necessary to the presentation of morality plays you don't see anymore. What do you do when the local sherriff threatens to hang your man when his townfolk are desperate to find the rustler taking their livestock, but you know he's not guilty? How do you cope with a proud boss when you need his best judgment, but only you know his wife has run off with another man? This is where the stories that, for a while, we thought of as "cliche'" originally came from. That was before we thought of anything not based on jiggle or teen angst as too much trouble to think about. (Though, lately, "reality" shows have relieved us of having to think at all.)
If you want to be reminded of just what a great storytelling medium TV can be, watch this show (currently on the Hallmark Channel, c. 2003). Be warned, though: you'll be spoiled for such fare as "Fear Factor" and "Dawson's Creek," thereafter. Maybe even for "Buffy," though I know you don't believe that.
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