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Rawhide (1938)

Approved | | Western | 8 April 1938 (USA)
Baseball superstar Gehrig is one of several ranchers being coerced by a bunch of bandits. His sister and her lawyer/lover organize the ranchers.


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Daniel Jarrett (story) (as Dan Jarrett), Daniel Jarrett (screenplay) (as Dan Jarrett) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Smith Ballew ... Larry Kimball
Lou Gehrig ... Lou Gehrig
Evalyn Knapp ... Peggy Gehrig
Arthur Loft ... Ed Saunders
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Kale
Dick Curtis ... Butch - Saunders Henchman
Si Jenks ... Pop Mason


Saunders with his Cattlemen's Protective Agency is running roughshod over the ranchers. Lawyer Larry Kimball is fighting him but he needs a rancher that will stand up with him against Saunders. He finds him when Lou Gehrig retires from baseball to take up ranching. Lou expects to relax on his ranch but quickly joins Larry in the fight. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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SMITH BALLEW slinging lead! LOU GEHRIG swinging fists! See more »










Release Date:

8 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fascino del West See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sol Lesser Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Wednesday 15 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Detroit Friday 6 May 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Cincinnati Saturday 12 November 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), in Philadelphia Saturday 17 December 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Los Angeles Wednesday 27 December 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


[first lines]
[Lou Gehrig, wearing a huge cowboy hat, holds a press conference before leaving for his remote ranch]
First Reporter: There's gold in them thar hills!
Second Reporter: Ride 'em, cowboy!
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A Cowboy's Life
by Charles Rosoff and Eddie Cherkose
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Wow...talk about strange casting!
5 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A couple years before he died, Lou Gehrig (yes, THAT Lou Gehrig) co-starred in an amiable little western called "Rawhide". The title refers to the name of Gehrig's ranch---to which he's retiring. However, when he arrives he finds there is a 'protective association' that controls all the local ranches. What this actually turns out to be is a protection racket run by some mobsters. In other words, if you don't join, 'accidents' happen to your spread and you can't buy needed materials. However, Lou is tough and he and his new buddy (the crooner Smith Ballew) decide to fight instead of knuckling under to their bullying tactics. Much of the rest of the film is a battle of wills and fists between these men.

The film had some very nice singing. Ballew had a very good voice and the lyrics were catchy. As for Gehrig, I am pretty sure his singing was dubbed. I also was surprised by his speaking voice, as it was 100% New York--and sounded nothing like Gary Cooper in "Pride of the Yankees". Because of this, it further accentuated the 'fish out of water' aspect of the film with this city boy taking up an odd new life as a rancher! It's all a bit surreal but also pleasant and worth seeing just for its curiosity factor.

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