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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")

¶ 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 a newcomer:
drover Collins

Filmed at
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios


 
 
 Posted:   Aug 28, 2014 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)



¶ 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   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ 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   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

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!

 
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