A con artist and assistant steal the ownership papers for the herd at Confidence Creek and sell the herd to the local bank. The drovers are arrested but Rowdy is bailed out to recover the money by the assistant when she is scammed as well.
While Favor is taking cattle to the Army, Wishbone snares the con man Elwood Conroy in his bear trap. He and his beautiful assistant Crystal Simpson lost a horse and need a new one. After Wishone spills details about the ownership papers for the herd, the couple put on a show allowing Gilroy to steal the papers. Rowdy returns during the show and runs the pair off. The next day Gilroy sells the herd to the bank in Confidence Creek at a low price and leaves town without Crystal but with the money. Later the bank takes ownership of the herd and the drovers are arrested for disturbing the peace. Crystal bails out Rowdy to help find Gilroy and recover the money. They trail him to Dry Lick where he is the new Sheriff while the legal case over the herd goes to trial in Confidence Creek. Written by
Barbara Eden performs a pre-I Dream of Jeannie (1965) harem dance while performing with Dick York the husband of the rival fantasy situation comedy Bewitched (1964). Both shows were made by the same company, Columbia Pictures, and used many of the same plot devices making the writers feel they were being stolen by the other show. See more »
Confidence trickster Elwood Gilroy (Dick York, "Bewitched") worms his way into the drovers' camp and pilfers the deeds to the cattle. Pretending to be Gil Favor, he sells the herd and makes a quick getaway, abandoning his girlfriend (Barbara Eden, "I dream of Jeannie").
Arrested for trespassing, all the drovers are led off to town by the sheriff and shoved into one cell. Eden's character goes bail for Rowdy (Clint Eastwood) and together they ride after Gilroy.
A welcome, humorous "Rawhide." Eden does a harem dance, though she's veiled and you don't see much. Even fully dressed in a shirt and trousers, she looks great (for a fully shirted and trousered, and extremely sexy, Barbara Eden in color, see "Five Weeks in a Balloon"). Eden's scenes with Eastwood are reminiscent of high-toned screwball comedy.
Not only does this episode feature two stars of later, and thematically related, television shows, long-time support actors J. Pat O'Malley, Byron Foulger, and Roy Roberts also join the fun.
And toward the end, when the real Gil Favor rides into camp to taste coffee that had been left for three days, his reaction is priceless.
One caveat: would anyone really abandon Barbara Eden?
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