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 Posted:   Apr 20, 2015 - 2:42 PM   
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From TVSHOWONDVD:

A week from today, on Tuesday, May 6th, CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment will release 3 very special TV-on-BD titles: The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and The Andy Griffith Show. These legendary programs on high-def Blu-ray Disc shall include new bonus material, as well as a sharper-than-ever picture newly cleaned up with recently-acquired equipment. Chris Tribbey, Senior Reporter at trade journal Home Media Magazine, wrote about this effort from CBS in his "Labor of Love" article yesterday.

However, that online digital version of the story we've linked to above is missing a paragraph that can be found in this week's print version of Home Media Magazine. As seen in the scan below, the page 12 "Pipeline" report from the April 28, 2014 edition of HMM also mentions that "The CBS team is already working on Blu-ray ready versions of..."; the paragraph - which also points out that this is the same team which has been working on CBS/Paramount's BD efforts for Star Trek: The Next Generation - goes on to name 9 classic television shows:
Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, (…).

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Site-News-Confusion-over-CBS-plans-for-TV-BDs/19749#ixzz30LpSKngE





An old message that needs to be revived.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2015 - 10:23 AM   
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¶ Episode #2 (S1)
"Incident at Alabaster Plain"
written by David Swift
directed by Richard Whorf
guests: Mark Richman, Martin Balsam, Troy Donahue, Joe de Santis, Suzanne Lloyd, Peter Mamakos

It's a good mean gunslinger episode in which we learn a little bit about the life of Rowdy Yates because he meets an old friend named Buzz Travis from the Civil War who just got married with a rich Mexican woman. The guest cast is very good: Mark Richman as the vicious angry gunslinger Mastic returning home to get his due during the wedding party and Martin Balsam as Father Fabian. It's done like a grand drama and a western feature film. Note that Pete Nolan is depicted as a rough guy who play nasty tricks, especially on Wishbone.

At last, the first sign-off scene appears and, furthermore, Gil Favor introduces his men at the start of Act 1 so let's hear it:

"…But the way to even things up is to hire the best men in the business,
and I got 'em—Pete Nolan, scout;
Rowdy Yates, new as they come, but he's got the makings;
Joe Scarlet, swing;
Jim Quince, flank;
and the man who can make-or-break the drive, the cook, Wishbone;
and the cook's louse—his name is mushy.
Now, somebody's got to kick this whole kit and caboodle along
and that's me, Gil Favor, trail boss. I ride point."

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2015 - 12:12 PM   
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¶ Episode #3 (S1)
"Incident with an Executioner"
written by James Edmiston
directed by 'producer' Charles Marquis Warren
guests: Dan Duryea, Martin Milner, Marguerite Chapman, James Drury, Jan Shepard, Stafford Repp, William Schallert, Glen Gordon

It's a haunted man drama that plays like a supernatural entry. The atmosphere is heavily filled with suspicion, suspense, guilt, fear because of the hunter rider acting like a mute grim reaper who keeps a close eye on the guests of Gil Favor. Yates and Nolan are particularly aggressive. Guest actor Dan Duryea carries on his shoulder this mystery piece.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2015 - 11:53 AM   
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¶ Episode #4 (S1)
"Incident of the Widowed Dove"
written by David Lang
directed by Ted 'Magnum Force' Post
guests: Sally Forrest, Jay C. Flippen, Harry Shannon, Vic Perrin, Harry Lauter, Fred Graham, Harry Harvey Jr, Dick Ryan, Henry Wills

It starts as the outfit of Gil Favor on a wild leave to a small town and then it turns into a solo Rowdy Yates willing to help the wife of the local marshal to run away from the town and the grip of her husband. This is the first one that opposes Gil Favor to Rowdy Yates and ends up in a fist fight and the departure of Yates. During the outfit's saloon scenes that quickly degenerate, one of the cowhand is shot to death! This is director Ted Post's first episode and a fine drama! The sherry on top is Gil Favor shooting down a Marshal that slaps his old lady!

WARNING
The season 4 main titles depicting the outfit of Gil Favor riding and rushing to town and to the saloon are footages from that particular episode.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2015 - 10:34 AM   
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FOCUS ON: cinematographer Philip Lathrop

He was the camera operator of Russell Metty on Orson Welles' Touch of Evil.

He shot the first nine episodes of the western series Rawhide.

He worked for director Blake Edwards: see the television series Mr. Lucky and Peter Gunn and the feature films Perfect Furlough, Experiment in Terror, Days of Wine and Roses, The Pink Panther, Gunn, Wild Rovers, The Thief Who Came to Dinner.

He is known for collaborating in:
the Kirk Douglas' arch-drama Lonely are The Brave
the greatest Neo Noir of the Sixties Point Blank
John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths
Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Walter Hill's first two films: Hard Times and The Driver

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2015 - 8:19 AM   
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¶ Episode #7 (S1)
"Incident at Barker Springs"
written by Les Crutchfield
directed by producer Charles Marquis Warren
guests: Paul Richards, June Lockhart, Richard Gilden, DeForrest Kelley, Bill Hale

It starts as a family affair story featuring two conflicting "gunslingers" brothers who work at the outfit of Gil Favor and ends up as a revenge story against the town's crooked big shot Slate Prell (actor DeForrest Kelley). Guest actor Paul Richards as revengist Brazo is always good because he has a peculiar speech delivery and he is the center of this grave drama unlike the outfit of Gil Favor which silently stay in the background.

WARNING
This is the first episode the production team has achieved and it shows throughout the look of the leading characters who are at their early stage of evolution—they all look traditional 1950's cowboys and act like dead serious figures. So you're witnessing a rough draft of Rawhide with a leaning soon abandonned and, to be blunt, it's like watching a first season (1955) episode of Gunsmoke and by sheer coincidence, guest actor Paul Richards plays a gunman in "Matts Gets In" from that same series. There are two versions of this episode and the first one has the character of Wishbone played by another actor: Robert Carricart. Many cow shots and drovers footages are recycled from this one. The music supervisor tracks many Bernard Herrmann haunting cues. Fortunately, the sign-off scene is present.

It has a unique production crew:
production supervisor J. Paul Popkin
director of photography Brydon B. Baker

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2015 - 12:56 AM   
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¶ Episode #8 (S1)
"Incident West of Lano"
written by Buckley Angell
directed by 'producer' Charles Marquis Warren
guests: Martha Hyer, Robert H. Harris, Nancy Hadley, James Anderson, Abby Dalton, Jacqueline Mayo, Ron Soble, K.L. Smith

It starts out as a simple crossing the river issue between two antagonistic parties—including a troublemaker gunfighter named Troxel—and blossoms into a fancy Mr Favor in love with a beautiful entertainer woman leading her wagon of females called The Haley Sisters. It's funny how all beautiful dames look like actress Vera Miles. We don't know that Mr Favor used to be married and had two little daughters in Philly. It's another effort of producer Warren but done with the new crew.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 12:21 PM   
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¶ Episode #10 (S1)
"Incident of the Golden Calf"
written by 'story editor' Endre Bohem
directed by Jesse Hibbs
guests: MacDonald Carey, Charles Gray, John Pickard, Richard Shannon, Chuck Roberson, Clem Fuller

It's a con game story centered around an infiltrator posing as a preacher named Brother Bent who helps a rival party to swindle and force Gil Favor to sell his herd for little money. The con itself is subtle thanks to writer and series' story editor Endre Bohem. After losing his men and his herd and being robbed by a mysterious man in the dead of the night, Mr Favor becomes desillusioned and pessimistic.

WARNING
Among the cow hands of Mr Favor, find greedy and gold lover Flagg played by actor Charles Gray who will become a semi-regular character from season 4 as Clay Forester.

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2015 - 11:40 PM   
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¶ Episode #12 (S1)
"Incident of the Chubasco"
written by Al C. Ward
directed by Buzz Kulik
guests: George Brent, John Ericson, Noah Beery, Olive Sturgess, Stacy Harris

The production team changes a bit and gains stability:
associate producer Ernest Nims
director of photography John M. Nickolaus

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2015 - 4:39 AM   
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As a reminder: RAWHIDE SEASON 1

The production team is identical to season 2 except for one nuance:

• Filmed at Universal •

associate producer A.C. Lyles
director of photography Philip Lathrop

production supervisor J. Paul Popkin (only in episode #7)
director of photography Brydon B. Baker (only in episode #7)

• Filmed at MGM •

associate producer Ernest Nims (from episode #12)
director of photography John M. Nickolaus (from episode #12)

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2015 - 11:03 AM   
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MEXICAN CHARACTERS ON RAWHIDE
Two episodes from season 1 show Mexican cow hands working for the outfit of Gil Favor and they were played by American actors:
Incident of the Coyote Weed with Rivera (actor Rick Jason, known for his part on the WWII series Combat!)
Incident of the Chubasco with Arkansas (actor Noah Beery)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2015 - 4:02 AM   
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THEME: DANGEROUS WOMEN
Two episodes are centered around treacherous women in love with ramrod Rowdy Yates:
"Incident of the Calico Gun" (with the girlfriend of a bandit who infiltrates the outfit to steal the pay)
"Incident of the Misplaced Indians" (with the poisoner wife of a missionary who kills Indians by sheer madness)
Both are directed by Jesse Hibbs!




¶ Episode #15 (S1)
"Incident of the Calico Gun"
written by Winston Miller
directed by Jesse Hibbs
guests: Jack Lord, Gloria Talbot, Myron Healey, Gene Collins, Steve Mitchell, Damian O'Flynn


¶ Episode #16 (S1)
"Incident of the Misplaced Indians"
written by David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr
directed by Jesse Hibbs
guests: Kim Hunter, Lyle Talbot, Virginia Gregg, Richard Hale, Robert Carson, Milan Smith, Rodd Redwing

WARNING
Rawhide meets A Streetcar Named Desire!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2015 - 10:49 PM   
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THEME: STUCK IN A TOWN
Two episodes show trail boss Gil Favor and ramrod Rowdy Yates compeled to stay as hostages in a remote small town by irregular forces:
"Incident of the Curious Street" (with two relatives-blackmailers holding a stagecoach to get a ransom)
"Incident of Fear in the Streets" (with a possessed father and his family on the way to pinpoint and hang the murderer of his late son)



¶ Episode #13 (S1)
"Incident of the Curious Street"
written by N.B. Stone, Jr
story by Earl Baldwin and N.B. Stone, Jr
directed by Ted 'Magnum Force' Post
guests: Mercedes McCambridge, James Westerfield, Whitney Blake, Dennis Cross, Ralph Moody

¶ Episode #17 (S1)
"Incident of Fear in the Streets"
written by Fred Freiberger
directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
guests: Gary Merrill, Robert Driscoll, Corey Allen, Morris Ankrum, Don Haggerty, Whit Bissell, Bob Steele, Eleanor Ayer, Ed Nelson, Ed Faulkner, Olan Soulé, Guy Stockwell, Amzie Strickland, Len Hendry

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2015 - 3:16 AM   
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¶ Episode #18 (S1)
"Incident Below the Brazos"
written by Herbert Purdum
directed by Jack Arnold
guests: Leslie Nielsen, Kathleen Crowley, Martin Landau, Irene Tedrow, William Joyce, John Craven, Alan Reynolds

It's a conflictual drama opposing the outfit of Gil Favor to an army of farmers led by a fanatic looking for revenge. Both Favor and Hey Soos fail to be hanged at the last minute! Featuring two great character-actors: Leslie Nielsen and Martin Landau.

WARNING
It's the first episode featuring wrangler Hey Soos.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2015 - 11:53 AM   
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"…But the way to even things up is to hire the best men in the business,
and I got 'em—Pete Nolan, scout;
Rowdy Yates, new as they come, but he's got the makings;
Joe Scarlet, swing;
Jim Quince, flank;
and the man who can make-or-break the drive, the cook, Wishbone;
and the cook's louse—his name is mushy.
Now, somebody's got to kick this whole kit and caboodle along
and that's me, Gil Favor, trail boss. I ride point."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2015 - 1:13 PM   
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"…But the way to even things up is to hire the best men in the business,
and I got 'em—Pete Nolan, scout; Rowdy Yates, new as they come, but he's got the makings;



The Early Outfit, Part 1 • shot by cinematographer Philip Lathrop

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2015 - 1:15 PM   
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Joe Scarlet, swing; Jim Quince, flank;



The Early Outfit, Part 2 • shot by cinematographer Philip Lathrop

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2015 - 1:17 PM   
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and the man who can make-or-break the drive, the cook, Wishbone; and the cook's louse—his name is mushy.
Now, somebody's got to kick this whole kit and caboodle along and that's me, Gil Favor, trail boss. I ride point."



The Early Outfit, Part 3 • shot by cinematographer Philip Lathrop

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2015 - 2:09 PM   
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¶ Episode #20 (S1)
"Incident of the Judas Trap"
written by David Lang
directed by Jesse Hibbs
guests: Nina Foch, Gerald Mohr, Jane Nigh, Phyllis Coates, Hugh Sanders

It's a Pete Nolan-oriented entry in which he is falsely accused of the murder of his past girlfriend but, above all, it's a study on a women strangler working as a wolfer for a lady that he pretends willing to marry. Both guest actors (Nina Foch, Gerald Mohr) shine in this vibrant drama. The character of Pete Nolan is depicted as miserable. After a poisoner in "Incident of the Misplaced Indians", find a case of a two-faced strangler.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2015 - 11:36 PM   
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My journey to the land of RAWHIDE is over, folks.
I visited the eight season seasons of the series.
So far, the most exciting seasons to watch were: S1, S3, S5, S7—notice the odd numbers.
The adventures of Gil Favor's outfit from San Antone to Sedalia were fun.

So long and keep in mind: "Head 'em up… Move 'em out!"

 
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