Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Hostage for Hanging 

Rowdy makes a deal to buy horses from the Gufflers. When he finds the horses are poor quality and wants his money back, Ma Guffler wants her money. She takes Rowdy hostage threatening to hang him at sundown if she doesn't receive $3,000.


Herman Hoffman


Walter Black




Episode cast overview:
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
John Ireland ... Jed Colby
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Raymond St. Jacques ... Simon Blake
Mercedes McCambridge ... Ma Gufler
Robert Blake ... Max Gufler
Warren Oates ... Jesse Gufler
Sharon Farrell ... Billie Lou


After seeing two prime horses, Rowdy gave a $100 deposit for more horses to the Gufflers. He rides out to the Guffler homestead to find a corral of rundown horses that are worthless. He asks for his $100 deposit to be returned but instead Ma Guffler says a deal is a deal. She has her sons take Rowdy hostage sending son Max to the drover's camp to tell them she wants $3000 or Rowdy will hang at sundown. They ride back to her place but she won't bargain while Rowdy tells them to not agree to her demands. Dissention prevails among the members of the family. Rowdy tries to convince the dimwitted Max and the unrelated Billie Lou to help him escape but to no avail. Unable to raise money and finding it hard to approach the homestead unseen, Jed develops a plan to have Wishbone use homemade explosives to distract the Gufflers while the others rescue Rowdy who has a noose around his neck. Written by Anonymous

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Will Gufler: You get your head in the way like that, you deserve a kicking.
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Guffler Family Values
23 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The sheer outrageousness of the characters of the Guffler family will amuse you even as you wonder why Clint Eastwood is dealing with them in the first place.

Trail boss Eastwood is at their spread buying horses for the drive's reymuda and they try to stick him with some fleabags so he says no sale and wants a $100.00. Ma Guffler played by Mercedes McCambridge decides they'll hold Eastwood for ransom of the $3000.00 that he was supposed to pay them.

This is truly ludicrous, did McCambridge her Oxford Rhodes Scholar sons Warren Oates, Hal Baylor, and Robert Blake really think that they would get away with it. Either the drovers would get them or the law would sooner or later. Of course the men are kind of getting ideas about Sharon Farrell who lives with them.

As it is when money can't be raised, John Ireland plans a military style rescue of Eastwood.

The story is ludicrous, but the acting and the characters are quite engaging in an interesting sort of way.

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19 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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