Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident of the Tumbleweed Wagon 

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:
Rowdy Yates
Pete Nolan
Jim Quince
Joe Scarlet
Lennie Dawson
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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The Trail Drive begins
18 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

I find it curious that the debut episode of Rawhide which is ostensibly set on a cattle drive takes trail boss Eric Fleming and ramrod Clint Eastwood away from the drive. I guess what happens here strengthens Gil Favor's resolve to get the herd through whatever they encounter.

What they encounter here is a prison wagon with a real group of specimens among lower types of the homo sapien. A break is attempted but the deputy killed and the marshal in charge wounded.

So trail boss Favor does one for the wounded marshal. He and Rowdy Yates take the wagon on to its destination. But one of the passengers is outlaw wife Terry Moore and her husband is burning saddle leather riding to her rescue.

One of the other passengers is Tom Conway the brother of George Sanders and best known for playing the title role in The Falcon series. He's on the surface as charming as ever. But he also happens to be a serial killer of women Moore truly interests him.

You know it all works out because Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood got back to the herd for the next several years.

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