Rawhide (1959–1965)
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The Violent Land 

In Apache land Rowdy is sent to recover cattle taken by them. The Chief agrees to return them but the agreement is messed up by some of the drovers. A wounded Rowdy discovers the Apache have white captives increasing the tension.





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Episode cast overview:
Gil Favor
Rowdy Yates
Pete Nolan
Jim Quince
Joe Scarlet
Jacques Shelton ...
Pecos (as Jacque Shelton)
Lew Brown ...
Paul Sorensen ...
Julia Montoya ...
Old Indian Squaw


The group heads west instead of north for better beef prices and Rowdy complains to Favor. However, soon Gil discovers why Rowdy is so opposed to traveling through West Texas. Pete returns from scouting to report he saw Apaches in the area. He notices a new drover Mace who he calls out as a Comanchero but Favor keeps him even after Mace says they are looking for white captives. Rowdy is sent to recover a few cattle taken by the Apache Indians. He finds their Chief Yuma who agrees to return the cattle. Rowdy finds Yuma held and being beaten by Mace and his partner. Rowdy frees Yuma but is shot by an Indian. After being wounded by an arrow, Rowdy is brought to an Indian camp to have his wounds tended. There, he discovers the Apache have a white captive that causes a rift between him and his new friend. Rowdy returns to camp and the captive appears there as well on her own. When several of the men want the reward for her, Favor fires them. When Yuma threatens the drovers over her return,... Written by ubergeek

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5 March 1965 (USA)  »

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This episode is a slight rewrite of season 2, episode 10 "Incident of the Valley in Shadow" with the guest stars recast and the Indian tribe changed to Apache. See more »


The drive is through west Texas, in Mescalero Apache territory. Favor mentions to Rowdy about Rowdy being born and raised in west Texas. Based on the time frame, Rowdy would have been born in the early 1850's or so. No white people lived west of the central Texas hill country at that time. Everything west was Comanche and Mescalero country, and way to dangerous for settlers. See more »

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Sheb Woolley who returned to Rawhide ran into some interesting people while away from trail driving. One of them is Gregg Palmer whom he recognizes as a Comanchero. Gregg Palmer hasn't forgotten that either, he and a friend are on the drive to get into Indian territory to find white captives who are fetching big prices by families.

In the meantime Clint Eastwood after getting an arrow wound is treated at the Apache camp and runs into Davey Davison one such white captive. Michael Forest the chief doesn't want to give up his captives and Davison herself isn't sure what world she belongs in.

A lot of the elements of two classic westerns John Ford's Two Rode Together and John Huston's The Unforgiven are found here. And as usual Eric Fleming who just wants to get his herd to market is dragged into something truly not his business.

Forest gives a nice and three dimensional role of a chief trying to right by his tribe in a changing world that ain't changing to the betterment of his people. He and Clint Eastwood have some interesting dialog on that and other subjects.

One to check out.

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