Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident of a Burst of Evil 

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A crazed man following the drovers comes into camp for help followed by Rowdy finding three hungry women and a boy alone. A mirror slipped to Rowdy by them causes the people at a trading post to think the drovers are Comancheros.


George Sherman


Buckley Angell


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Linda Cristal ... Louise
H.M. Wynant ... Jonas Lester
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Bain (as Elisha Cook)
Charles Bateman ... Hess
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Beulah
Russ Bender ... Storekeeper
Kenneth MacDonald ... Townsman (as Kenneth McDonald)
Ralph Votrian ... Boy


A beaten and incoherent man named Bain staggers into the drovers' camp. Trail boss Favor orders some of his men to search the surrounding area for the source of the trouble. Rowdy comes upon some hungry and mistreated women and a young boy alone on the prairie. He assists them by returning with food which one of them, Louise, repays by slipping a silver mirror into his saddle bag. Rowdy returns to camp where he and Favor along with Wishbone and Mushy go to a nearby settlement for supplies. At the store the owner recognizes the mirror as belonging to a woman killed by Comanches. He and others assume Rowdy is a Comanchero forcing the men to leave with no supplies. Meanwhile back at camp Favor starts putting the pieces together and finally learns from Bain that outlaws (Comancheros) are behind what has happened to the man, boy, and women and that the cattle herd is in danger. Rowdy leaves on his own to find the woman but is captured and tied up by the Comancheros. Louise releases and ... Written by chipe

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

26 June 1959 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the big shootout on the side of the hill near the end of the story, several of the fighters who were shot dead can be seen getting up and running off camera before the filming stops. See more »


Gil Favor: Pretty hard to beat it when it sets in solid - boredom. You can feel it close in like heat around your riders, watch it dull 'em to the point where the drive gets to be something they'd just as soon forget. But they can't afford to forget it. I can't afford to let 'em. My name's Gil Favor, trail boss.
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Nothing lower than a Comanchero
21 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As we learn from Sheb Woolley in this Rawhide episode there ain't nothing lower than a Comanchero on the Texas social scale. For those who haven't seen the classic John Wayne flick The Comancheros this is a group of white renegades who trade with the Comanche Indians for everything including people. This bunch hasn't heard that the Civil War resulted in the end of slavery.

Elisha Cook having been held by them wanders into camp half starved and beaten. At the same time Clint Eastwood finds Linda Cristal, Ralph Votrian and two other women abandoned on the trail and starving. He brings them food and runs into H.M. Wynant the mean bottom feeding leader of this pack of Comancheros.

It's all tied together and the object is the herd of cattle for which just the hides will bring good prices south of the border. A lot of it has Clint Eastwood thinking with his male member a lot.

I can hardly believe seeing Dirty Harry as a young callow youth in Rawhide. It's a different Clint Eastwood than what film fans are used to.

Nice exciting climax to this one.

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