Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident of the Prophecy 

Rowdy and Rabbit are shooting a school bell to make noise when a citizen notices a man is dead. He is a gunslinger while his brother is a preacher. The men are urged to leave town as the preacher puts a death curse on them.


Thomas Carr


Samuel Roeca




Episode cast overview:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos
William R. Thompkins William R. Thompkins ... Toothless (as William Thompkins)
Dan Duryea ... Brother William
Warren Oates ... Charlie 'Rabbit' Waters
James Griffith ... Gurney
Raymond Guth Raymond Guth ... Orville
Harry Dean Stanton ... Dexter (as Dean Stanton)
Hugh Sanders ... Dr. Merrill
Ray Teal ... Sheriff


Rowdy, Rabbit and several men go into a small near dead town to celebrate but find the saloon closed until that night. Rabbit followed by Rowdy starts shooting at the school bell. One of the locals notices that a local gunslinger Jud is killed with a shot ricocheting off the bell. The victim's brother William is a fiery but insane preacher who spurns the contrite drovers' offer to compensate the family. The Sheriff won't lock up Rabbit or Rowdy, but urges them to clear out fast, because the minister's curse that Death track the shooters might be a self-fulfilling prophecy - the other 3 brothers are deadly bushwhackers. William trails the herd waiting for death to strike. Rabbit seems to be the one hexed as his horse throws and injures him followed by being thrown from a wagon which hits a bump. He and Rowdy try to kill a cougar which ends with Rabbit hurt when he forgets to put the firing pin in his rifle and is attacked. He appears to be out of his mind and is mortally shot during a ... Written by David Stevens

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A curse on the drovers
6 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The drovers led by Clint Eastwood come into a town all boarded up just when they're looking to unwind. One of them decides to play a little music with his revolver on the church bell with his pistol and Clint joins him. Unfortunately one of their bullets ricocheted and hit a man killing him.

Not that too many people are uptight as it happens the deceased was a member of a gang of outlaw brothers and sheriff Ray Teal is hardly going to press charges. But he does say that Eastwood and the rest should get out of town yesterday before the three brothers return.

There's a fourth brother who happens to be the parson of the church played by Dan Duryea. He pronounces a death curse on whoever fired the fatal shot be it Eastwood or Warren Oates the drover who started the concert on the bell. Duryea follows the herd to see if his curse comes true.

Oates is a happy go lucky sort, but this whole curse business really unnerves him.

This was one of the weirder Rawhide episodes done and the conclusion is a strange one. But Oates and Duryea do well in their guest star roles.

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21 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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