Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident of the Pale Rider 

Rowdy, Hey Soos, and Calhoun go to town for supplies and money at Wells Fargo. After collecting the money, Rowdy is held up but when Calhoun interrupts the robbery, he is wounded while Rowdy kills the robber. Or does he?





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Episode cast overview:
Charles H. Gray ...
Clay Forrester (as Charles Gray) (credit only)
John Day / Rivers
Fredd Wayne ...
Hotel Clerk (as Jack Searl)
Sam Mayhew


Having been forced to kill a man in self-defense in town, back at camp Rowdy is faced with an ominous new drover who looks exactly like the man he killed in town! Rowdy, Hey Soos and Calhoun were in town to pick up supplies and some wired money. John Day holds up Rowdy, shoots Calhoun and is shot dead by Rowdy. Three days later when the trio return to the herd, they find Favor's newly hired drover Rivers, who has all the clothes, mannerisms and eerie mood of the dead John Day, but he shrugs off all questions. First, Rivers disturbs Calhoun so much that wounded Calhoun has a deadly relapse. Next, he frightens superstitious Hey Soos so much, that he is severely injured backing off over a cliff. Then he taunts Rowdy into a fight, hoping Rowdy will kill him and hang for it. It turns out that he is a long-thought-dead brother of John Day, and his future plans had depended on moving to new territory with the brother Rowdy killed. Written by chipe

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Release Date:

15 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Author of the teleplay of "Incident of the Pale Rider", Dean Riesner later wrote five screenplays for his "Rawhide" star Clint Eastwood, but ironically did not write his film "Pale Rider". See more »


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This is a creepy one
16 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm guessing Eastwood liked this episode and title so much he reused the name Pale Rider years later in his own movie. This episode really makes you think and keeps you wondering. The Twilight Zone visits Rawhide. The walking dead. Who will be the next victim? A stranger, JD (on his belt buckle)trys to rob Rowdy, but is startled and Rowdy shoots and kills him, and then puts him in a grave. Then a man who is the spittin' image of JD hires on to the cattle drive, and evil surrounds the crew, or is it all a coincidence? Favor thinks Rowdy is a nut, and Rowdy and Hey Soos are sure it's the work of the devil. The man calls himself Rivers (something you need to cross), is full of mystery and quite likes to taunt Rowdy. Will the men be able to exorcise the evil spirits, or will they all burn in Hell?

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