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Rawhide (1959–1965)

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Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Rowdy Yates (216 episodes, 1959-1965)
 Wishbone (216 episodes, 1959-1965)
Steve Raines ...
 Jim Quince (215 episodes, 1959-1965)
 Gil Favor (203 episodes, 1959-1965)
James Murdock ...
 Mushy (201 episodes, 1959-1965)
Rocky Shahan ...
 Joe Scarlet (180 episodes, 1959-1965)
Robert Cabal ...
 Hey Soos / ... (115 episodes, 1959-1965)
Sheb Wooley ...
 Pete Nolan (110 episodes, 1959-1965)
William R. Thompkins ...
 Toothless / ... (93 episodes, 1959-1964)


Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

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Release Date:

9 January 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tausend Meilen Staub  »

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(217 episodes)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Did You Know?


Although Eric Fleming was the show's star, recently issued DVD packages prominently feature supporting player Clint Eastwood due to his later fame. 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 »


Referenced in Allemaal film: Betere tijden (2007) See more »


Rawhide Theme
Created and Composed by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Recorded by Frankie Laine
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Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Keep Those Dogies Movin', Though They're Disapprovin' Rawhide"
28 May 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the Hollywood west those trail hands were a rough bunch who when they came to town, partied pretty hardy. After all trail driving was a lonely business back in the day before railroads got to all parts of the USA.

The drovers who worked for trail boss Gil Favor as played by Eric Fleming were no different. But Fleming was a man of all business, he had a job to do and hired a top crew to do it.

With the long run of Rawhide and the fact that the regulars stayed with it for the most part, we got to know all the drovers at some point. A some point story lines were focused around all of them, though the bulk were with Fleming and Clint Eastwood's character Rowdy Yates, the number 2 guy with the herd.

Clint Eastwood's western image was molded by Rawhide, it's a shame that these are not shown more often. Probably because they were done in black and white. Had this been an NBC show, this would have been done in color like Bonanza and be running as often as those shows are. We'd get to see a lot more of a man who became a move legend.

Ironically enough it was Eric Fleming who left the show before it closed to do films. He did a few them and was hoping the show would give him a bankable movie name. Sadly he was killed on a movie location doing an action film, drowned in a river. Had he lived he might have become a name like Eastwood's.

Clint took over as trail boss in the last season and then the show completed its run. And he of course became the icon he is today and not just in the western genre.

Rawhide was a tough western who had some tough guys in it. No frills in this one, these were working cowboys just doing a job and battling the elements and whatever situations they were thrown into every year.

They really don't make television series like these any more. What a pity.

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