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 Posted:   Aug 28, 2014 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ I couldn't stay without any amount of plain adventures so I decided to go back, way back to season 4 despite the warning of DVD Talk concerning the low quality of the prints—which is sadly true. Oddly enough, the last episodes of season 7 were a return to season 4 therefore I closed the cycle backwards—but those season 7 had alternate and inferior production team. Anyway, let's embrace season 4 for now.

¶ Find the production crew for the 1961/1962 season:
producer Endre Bohem
associate producer Mel Epstein (from episode 4 "Judgment at Hondo Seco")
story consultant Lou Morheim (later working on "The Outer Limits")
director of photography John M. Nickolaus, Jr. (later working on "The Outer Limits")
director of photography Jack Swain (from "The Boss's Daughters")

¶ Producer Endre Bohem removed the gimmick title "Incident of/Incident at" as well as the opening narration of trail boss Gil Favor.

¶ The outfit consists of:
Trail boss Gil Favor
Ramrod Rowdy Yates
Scout Pete Nolan
Cook Wishbone
Cook Assistant Mushy
Drover Jim Quince
Drover Joe Scarlet
Hey Soos
and two newcomers:
drover Collins
drover Clay Forrester

Filmed at
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios


 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2014 - 7:10 AM   
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¶ So far, I discovered the first three episodes from volume 1, disc 1. Let's dive slowly into the river of "Rawhide".

¶ "Rio Salado"
written by John Dunken
directed by Ted 'Magnum Force' Post
guest: Tom 'Coogan's Bluff' Tully as Dan Yates, Edward Andrews, Carlos Romero, John Pickard

It's an intimistic and family background-oriented entry that shows the lost old father of ramrod Rowdy Yates who is a no-gooder and greedy skunk. Four seasons later—i.e., season 8—another episode entitled "Crossing at White Feather" will deal with Yates' tragic family background. Above all, it's a Mexican bandits adventure featuring the revolutionary Antonio Marcos, wanted dead or alive. The beginning of Act 1 shows the reunion of Yates and Hey Soos after a long holiday at home: touching. There was no sign-off scene at the end because Gil Favor just returned from holiday and summoned his outfit to start a new drive.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
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¶ Here comes one of the season 4 opening credits for the four leading actors.

• Gil Favor and Rowdy Yates


• Pete Nolan and Wishbone

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 5:18 AM   
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More from season 4 volume 1

¶ The Sendoff
written by John Dunkel
directed by George B. Templeton
guest: Darren McGavin, Claude Akins

It's a torn-inside character's study on a coward wagon master named Jed Hadley (actor Darren McGavin) who let his people kill by Indians and that is hunted down by greedy man Karse looking for a box of gold coins. Notice the linkage of the director with production manager Harry Templeton. Gil Favor's sign off end scene will be re-used until season 7.

¶ The Long Shakedown
written by Albert Aley
directed by Justus Addiss
guest: Skip Homeier, Lew Gallo

A good ordeal entry in which trail boss Gil Favor tests and calls into question the capacities of his own drovers and fears they become too old (Jim Quince) for the job and prefers hiring a band of unsteady and effective youngblood drovers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 5:22 AM   
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¶ Judgement at Hondo Seco
written by Louis Vittes
story by John Dunkel and Louis Vittes
directed by Perry Lafferty
guest: Ralph Bellamy, Burt Douglas, Anne Whitfield, Kathie Browne, Robert Donner

It's a Jim Quince-oriented dark drama. It's 'the' ambitious entry dealing with the relatives of Quince: his iron 'judge' brother and his wild daughter in love with a convicted gambler. Quince fails to be hanged by the neck by his own brother (sic)! Notice the wife of Darren McGavin playing saloon girl Lilly. First credits for associate producer Mel Epstein.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Another Gil Favor's alternate sign off, Part 1.

In the front.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Am currently watching Season 4

Best ep so far has Rowdy meet his long lost Father.
His kin has a plan to collect a reward on a Mexican bandid and wants Rowdy to help kill him.
"I'm no bounty hunter!" says Rowdy.
You will be, boy. You will be
smile

There is a GIANT problem with the transfer of this season. It seems impossible (maybe Manderley can enlighten us) but it appears the telecine operators did not recognize the "day-for-night' photography employed extensively this season (unlike previous seasons, much of the "night" shooting was done on location instead of the usual practice of studio photography)

So, we are 'treated' to scene after scene -supposedly set during the evening- where the sun is shining bright!!!
Talk about a midnite sun!
Now, it may be possible this was part of the original masters , but it looks like the telecine operator mistakenly turned up the brightness level because the idiot thought the print was underexposed.

Manderley???
brm

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

God, i cant wait until Mr. Favor quits!
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2014 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Gil Favor was the heart and soul and humor of RAWHIDE and Eric Fleming was the star because everybody loved his character. It wasn't the same when he left. Head 'em up, Gil Favor!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2014 - 10:33 AM   
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¶ The Genesis of Drover Clay Forrester

During season 4, under producer Endre Bohem and story consultant Lou Morheim, writer Albert Alley introduced a devious trail boss named Clay Forrester (actor Charles H. Gray) working for shady proprietors in the very good episode entitled "The Inside Man" on November 3, 1961.

Later that season, the same writer got back Clay Forrester but working as a Marshal and met again the drovers of Gil Favor to use them in "The Long Count" on January 5, 1962.
Still nomad Clay Forrester was "not" established yet as a regular drover for Gil Favor's outfit.

Oddly enough, Clay Forrester became a drover and replaced scout Pete Nolan from "The Greedy Town" on February 16, 1962 but one episode ("Twenty-Five Santa Clauses" *) was broadcast out of order before "The Long Count".

The character of Clay Forrester continued until season 5 but gradually lost its interest and importance.



* cinematography by Jack Swain.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2014 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Gil Favor was the heart and soul and humor of RAWHIDE and Eric Fleming was the star because everybody loved his character.!

Maybe. But, from what i hear he was one of the most miserable human beings ever!
smile
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2014 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

SEASON 4 VOLUME 2 DISC 1

#1 · "The Woman Trap"
written by Buckley Angell
directed by George B. Templeton
guests: Robert Gist, Maria Palmer, Alan Hale, Karen Steele, Marion Ross

¶ An interesting and amusing episode depicting a herd of women ready to be married (i.e., mail order wives) manipulated by a band of pimps but disturbed by the outfit of Gil Favor. Oddly enough, some of the drovers dress fancy to dance with the women. Actor Eastwood appears like a city dweller with a full suit and a related hat.

#2 · "The Boss's Daughters"
written by Abert Alley
directed by Sobey Martin
photographed by Jack Swain
guests: Paul Richards, Dorothy Green, Byron Morrow

¶ A rare attempt to focus on the life of iron trail boss Gil Favor throughout his little daughters raised by the sister of his late wife from Philadelphia but the family reunion is called into question by a haunting rancher named Caldwell willing to marry the sister of Favor and adopt his kids. Favor has a dual ordeal: taking care of his family and crossing the territory near the restricted ranch of the creepy Caldwell.

¶ The two daughters of Gil Favor yell the famous sign off words ("Head'Em Up, Move 'Em Out") to conclude the episode. Not to miss!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 6:30 AM   
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"The Deserters' Patrol"
written by Louis Vittes
directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
photographed by Jack Swain
guests: Jock Gaynor, Don Megowan, Robert Dix, Russell Arms, Russ Conway, Conlan Carter from "Combat!", Hal Needham, Harry Carey Jr


¶ It's a blue soldier story with an Indian war backdrop and a transitional episode that shows the departure of scout and Indian language expert Pete Nolan from Gil Favor's outfit and shifts to work for the Army full time.

¶ The main interest of this unusual adventure is witnessing trail boss Gil Favor posing as a Northern Captain and facing six trouble makers deserters giving him a hard time.

¶ Director Andrew V. McLaglen is notorious to have filmed the last western movies with John Wayne or James Stewart. Cinematographer John M. Nickolaus Jr ceased to work from "The Boss's Daughters" and is replaced by Jack Swain permanently.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 2:35 PM   
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¶ The Genesis of Drover Clay Forrester

During season 4, under producer Endre Bohem and story consultant Lou Morheim, writer Albert Alley introduced a devious trail boss named Clay Forrester (actor Charles H. Gray) working for shady proprietors in the very good episode entitled "The Inside Man" on November 3, 1961.

Later that season, the same writer got back Clay Forrester but working as a Marshal and met again the drovers of Gil Favor to use them in "The Long Count" on January 5, 1962.
Still nomad Clay Forrester was "not" established yet as a regular drover for Gil Favor's outfit.

Oddly enough, Clay Forrester became a drover and replaced scout Pete Nolan from "The Greedy Town" on February 16, 1962 but one episode ("Twenty-Five Santa Clauses" *) was broadcast out of order before "The Long Count".

The character of Clay Forrester continued until season 5 but gradually lost its interest and importance.

* cinematography by Jack Swain.







"The Greedy Town"
written by Tom Seller
story by Lew Lantz
directed by Murray Golden
guests: Mercedes McCambridge, Jim Davis, Diana Millay, J. Pat O'Malley, Kathleen Freeman, Ross Elliott, William Phipps

It's a very good solo Clay Forrester episode depicting him as a corrupter to bribe five persons to withdraw their testimony against a late bank robber. Only the sheriff is righteous and refuses to follow the path of the furious townspeople. Cook Wishbone makes an appearance in town and intervenes. From there, actor Charles Gray gets an opening credits as a regular character. The new writer carries on depicting Forrester as a doubtful man.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2014 - 10:04 AM   
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SEASON 4 VOLUME 2 DISC 2

"Grandma's Money"
written by J.E. Selby
story Sonia Chernus
directed by Sobey Martin
guests: guests: Josephine Hutchinson, Frank Maxwell, Frank Wilcox, James Gavin, Olan Soulé

It's a solo Rowdy Yates entry and a light and ironic piece centered around a con woman running away from trouble posing as a mild old lady that fools naive Rowdy Yates who helps her. Actor Clint Eastwood aficionados will like it because he shines.

PS: Actor Clint Eastwood performs a song ("Beyong the Sun") in the episode "The Pitchwagon" and he is accompanied at the organ by actor Buddy Ebsen. Eastwood replaces Fleming to do the sign-off ("Head'Em Up! Move'Em Out!") at the end of the episode.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

SEASON 4 VOLUME 2 DISC 3

"Reunion"
written by Elliott Arnold
directed by Sobey Martin
guests: Walter Pidgeon, Sheb Wooley, Darryl Hickman, Judson Pratt, Anthony Caruso

It's an odd Indian peace treaty-oriented episode because it breaks the continuity of the fourth regular character Clay Forrester and shows the return of scout and Indian language expert Pete Nolan (actor Sheb Wooley) after his official departure: Cf. "The Deserters' Patrol". Anyway, Nolan stays with the Army at the end of this military segment. Beyond this blue soldier story lies a dual family drama about the harsh generation gap dilemma. Actor Walter Pidgeon has two solo onscreen credits.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2014 - 1:37 PM   
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SEASON 4 VOLUME 2 DISC 4

"House of the Hunter"
written by Louis Vittes
directed by Tay Garnett
guests: Robert F. Simon, Rosemary DeCamp, Paula Raymond, Lester Matthew, Peter Adams

It's a weird Southern gothic huit-clos and a solo Rowdy Yates entry. But it's also a revengist plot that borrows from the fantastic element. There is a macabre atmosphere starting from Act I when Hey Soos reads the fate through two cards that tell 'death' when a deaf mute comes out of nowhere in the middle of the night to bring an envelop with the name Yates. The basic plot of selected persons stuck and unable to leave a house in the middle of the wilderness foreshadows a notorious Outer Limits episode entitled "The Guests" (also supervised by story consultant Lou Morheim): the sets seem almost identical. Actor Clint Eastwood plays the drifter Wade Norton. Note that Film Noir expert Tay Garnett directs this unusual piece.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

What was the average length of a drive?
What months were they made?
How many per year?

thanks!
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

What was the average length of a drive?
What months were they made?
How many per year?

thanks!
bruce


You'd better ask Mr. Favor, Rowdy.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2014 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

SEASON 4 VOLUME 2 DISC 2

PS: Actor Clint Eastwood performs a song ("Beyong the Sun") in the episode "The Pitchwagon" and he is accompanied at the organ by actor Buddy Ebsen. Eastwood replaces Fleming to do the sign-off ("Head'Em Up! Move'Em Out!") at the end of the episode.





Rowdy Yates sings in a saloon.


Rowdy Yates does the sign-off.

 
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