Rawhide (1938)

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Baseball superstar Gehrig is one of several ranchers being coerced by a bunch of bandits. His sister and her lawyer/lover organize the ranchers.



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Complete credited cast:
Larry Kimball
Lou Gehrig ...
Evalyn Knapp ...
Peggy Gehrig
Arthur Loft ...
Ed Saunders
Cy Kendall ...
Sheriff Kale
Dick Curtis ...
Butch - Saunders Henchman
Si Jenks ...
Pop Mason


Saunders with his Cattlemen's Protective Agency is running roughshod over the ranchers. Lawyer Larry Kimball is fighting him but he needs a rancher that will stand up with him against Saunders. He finds him when Lou Gehrig retires from baseball to take up ranching. Lou expects to relax on his ranch but quickly joins Larry in the fight. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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SMITH BALLEW slinging lead! LOU GEHRIG swinging fists! See more »








Release Date:

8 April 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fascino del West  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[first lines]
[Lou Gehrig, wearing a huge cowboy hat, holds a press conference before leaving for his remote ranch]
First Reporter: There's gold in them thar hills!
Second Reporter: Ride 'em, cowboy!
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Lou Gehrig!!!
24 August 2011 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

In a bizarre kind of way, this is a fairly typical sort of western. It features a lot of cowboys, a lot of horses and a few gunfights. It's also, however, set in the late 1930's and it stars - wait for it - Lou Gehrig (yes - THE Lou Gehrig of New York Yankees fame) as - again, wait for it - Lou Gehrig, who's decided to retire from baseball, and get some peace and quiet out on the range as a rancher. But far from peace and quiet, Lou finds himself in the middle of a battle with a local robber- baron type who controls the town and all of the ranchers.

Now, Gehrig was I'm sure a better baseball player than he was an actor, and yet he wasn't too bad in this either, and he manages to introduce even a bit of humour into it, particularly in the scene where he first learns to ride a horse. His very presence also brings forth a sense of pathos right from the start. Remember that the movie was made in 1938. It opens with Gehrig speaking to reporters at a train as he's preparing to leave New York City and explaining that he's quitting baseball. We, of course, know now that in fact within little more than a year he would be out of baseball, and not long afterward he would be dead. You can't help but think of that as the movie opens. So there's some fun, there's typical western stuff, there's unintentional sadness because of the way Gehrig's life turned out and there's even a singing cowboy/lawyer played by Smith Ballew, whose songs are absolute pure corn - so much so that they make you laugh a bit too.

Some of the story is a bit strange. Lou buys the ranch in partnership with his sister (played by Evelyn Knapp) - but as far as I know Lou didn't have any sisters at this point in his life (he was the only one of his parents' four children to survive into adulthood.) Why not have him buy the ranch with his wife Eleanor? Wouldn't that have made more sense? And where was Eleanor anyway? Did he leave her behind? I mean, if you're going to cast Lou Gehrig as himself why not use his real biography? Strange stuff.

Anyway, all that confusion about Gehrig's life aside, you have to say that no, this isn't a great movie. But any movie that actually stars Lou Gehrig as Lou Gehrig (and it's the only movie he was ever in, and one wonders if he might have thought of acting as a post-baseball career that unfortunately never happened) is worth watching! (6/10)

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