Rawhide: Season 1, Episode 1

Incident of the Tumbleweed (9 Jan. 1959)

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After a marshal and deputy are wounded and killed, Gil and Rowdy volunteer to finish the delivery of the prison wagon with seven dangerous prisoners to Ft Craig for trial, while the outlaw husband of one prisoner is in pursuit to free her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheb Wooley ...
James Murdock ...
Steve Raines ...
Rocky Shahan ...
John Larch ...
Lennie Dawson
Tom Conway ...
Wilt Jackson
Maurice Manson ...
Matt Hays
Val Dufour ...
Luke Storm
David Whorf ...
Norm Morton
Art Gray


The drovers setup camp and food is served when a tumbleweed wagon pulls up. The drovers want nothing to do with it until they notice beautiful Dallas Storm is one of the prisoners. That evening Dallas and two members of the Storm gang try to escape. As Dallas and one of the escapees go for the remuda horses, Favor and Rowdy stop them. Favor and Yates take charge of the tumbleweed wagon with the six prisoners left en route to Fort Craig where they will drop off the prisoners for trial. They bury the deputy and take the wounded marshal with them in the wagon. Since a member of the Storm gang escaped, they are worried about the Storm gang coming after them. Favor takes a route up a river and a shortcut hoping to avoid them. Dallas tries to set a fire to escape but is taken prisoner herself by Sinclair who has a history of killing women. The prisoner Norm stops Sinclair. At a deep river Favor and Rowdy try to pull the wagon across the river with horses using a block and tackle. Luke ... Written by tomtrekp

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9 January 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Sedalia Trail (also known as the Shawnee Trail) ran from Austin, Texas to Sedalia, Missouri. The distance of the trail is approximately 720 miles. In an average day, cattle traveled a distance of 8 miles. Therefore, the entire cattle drive on the Sedalia Trail would have taken about 90 days. See more »


Gil Favor: It's not the roundin' up and the ropin' and the brandin' of the cattle that's the big problem for ranchers. It's gettin' 'em to market - fifteen hundred bone weary miles from the southern tip of Texas to the railhead at Sedalia. That's where I come in. Gil Favor's my name - trail boss.
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