A dead steer leads Favor to four women sharpshooters with a broken wheel who join the drive to the next town. Their leader finds Favor a man to her liking but a conflict with a wagon train of hides at a river crossing creates problems.
Gil finds the killer of a stray steer is the gorgeous head of a female Wild West sharpshooter show, stranded in dangerous Comanche territory with a broken wheel. Their male manager left them and took two of their horses. Gil invites the Annie Oakleys to travel with the drive, to the delight of all. As she sees Gil make his men treat the women with respect but with the respect of the men the women's leader Hannah Haley locks Gil in her rifle sights. Gil's pushing his cattle to cross a nearby river where it is shallow, but so are a menacing crew of leather men with a wagon train of cow hides. Run by Joe Blaney he has a well known gunman Troxel to enforce his plans. Gil offers to flip a coin to see who crosses first because the second to cross will have to wait 2-3 days for the river bottom to recover. Two of Joe's men drunk try to take Hannah's sister Emily but Hannah shoots Dawson in the back killing him. The body is returned to Joe's side of the river where Troxel is sent to get the ... Written by
The soundtrack of this episode includes the same recognizable rift of violins and cellos suggesting imminent danger used effectively in The Twilight Zone and Perry Mason TV series, which coincidentally were also CBS network shows. See more »
I got a cousin, woman, teaches in a school house back East. She tells me those boys daydream about becomin' cowboys. Of all the jobs a man could pick, why'd he ever want to choose this way to make a livin'? Three thousand head of God's lowest form of life, cattle. If they don't die of rick fever, strangle in a dust storm or trample their fool selves to death, then the market'll go gown to two cents a pound on the hoof. They might as well have died before we set out. But they need food back East...
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One of best episodes despite some implausibilities
I thought this was one of the best episodes in the series. A big plus is that it starred the beautiful Martha Hyer. The story was very good.
Westerns are known, correctly, as morality tales and character studies. You often need heaps of "suspension of disbelief" to enjoy them. Here I'd like to comment on a number of implausibilities: (1) I never believed that the two sides couldn't come to peaceful terms on which one would cross the river first. The freighters said they could cross that day; Favor groused about the water bank being softened and needed 3 days to recuperate for his herd to cross. I didn't believe that, and even if so, they could wait rather than kill each other. (2) it MIGHT have helped the situation if Favor told the freighters the truth -- that their man was killed by Hyer while trying to rape her sister. Nothing to lose by trying the truth. Instead, Favor has the bad guy's body dumped on the other side of the river and refuses to say what happened. Dumb. (3) Favor and Hyer had good chemistry. Favor should have reciprocated her affection. Instead he dumbly says he has to follow the same rules as he gives his men. Dumb. He never pursued her. He could have said or done something, like meeting up later. Anything. (4) Equally dumb for Hyer to announce, after the killing and her announced affection for Favor, that she was leaving the trail drive and going off alone with her "sisters." Especially dumb and implausible that Favor would acquiesce. (5) One other thing, I don't like it when when the plot is solved by the hero simply outdrawing the bad guy. It happens too often in "Rawhide." And here Favor is just a trail boss, and the bad guy here was a professional gunslinger, at least by reputation.
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