Rawhide: Season 1, Episode 3

Incident with an Executioner (23 Jan. 1959)

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The drovers rescue the passengers in a stagecoach that overturns. They learn a gunman known as "The Executioner" was following the coach. Now he is following them while they are with the drovers and no one knows who his target is.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Duryea ...
Johnny Doan
Marguerite Chapman ...
Sheb Wooley ...
James Murdock ...
Steve Raines ...
Rocky Shahan ...
Jan Shepard ...
The Salesman
Glen Gordon ...
The Stagecoach Driver


A stagecoach running fast loses control and turns over with a full load of passengers as Favor, Rowdy, and Pete watch. They find the six passengers are unhurt but the driver has a sprained ankle. The stage is being stalked by a mysterious rider with a black satchel. Favor lets the passengers ride with the drive when he notices that now they are being stalked by the mysterious figure. That evening the man comes to the camp so Favor offers him food. His name is Jardin and he's a paid assassin known as "The Executioner". He's come for one of them but he's not saying who. The passengers, driver and even the drovers are nervous around him wondering if he will pick a fight with them as he never draws first. The salesman decides to leave on a stagecoach horse while Kenley who fancies himself as a gunman draws on Jardin and is killed. Favor asks Jardin to leave but the next day he follows the herd. Favor has Rowdy ask him to give them space as he is slowing the herd as drovers quit. That ... Written by tomtrekp

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23 January 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Gil Favor: On the Sedalia Trail, pushing a herd of three thousand mixed head, you're always a long ways from nowhere. Ahead - trouble, known and unknown. Behind - owners depending on the drive, counting on men crazy enough to push it. Like me - Gil Favor, trail boss.
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Haunting,weird, episode
24 January 2012 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

I was only a one year old kid when Rawhide premiered, and I only had fragmentary memories of the show, but judging from what i now know, it was very interesting indeed. Ihave recently caught two very good episodes of Rawhide on Encore Westerns. The first, Incident at Alabastar Plain, featured, among others, Martin Balsam and Troy Donahue. This episode was even better. Gil Favor, Rowdy Yates, and the boys encounter a stagecoach that has just had an accident. They learn that the coach is fleeing a mysterious figure. They soon learn that the mysterious stalker is in fact an enigmatic hired assassin, and that almost all the people on the stage have guilty secrets. In an apparent indirect Homage to John Ford's Stage coach , they include a cowardly 'drummer", ( The indestructible William Schallert), a cocky young gunslinger ( James Drury),and a pompous crooked banker , ( (Stafford Repp)as well as several ladies with 'colorful' pasts. The only person on the stagecoach who seems to have nothing to hide is a young blacksmith, ( Martin Milner) who has just inherited a farm. Who is the executioners intended victim? Then it transpires that the executioner (very well played by Dan Duryea) may have certain secrets of his own. Just what is in that doctor's satchel he always carries? In short, a very fine episode of this classic series.

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