|1959 - 1966
Lead by a trail boss and a ramrod, this
was the story of the cattle
drovers who moved them doggies (cattle) to
market from San Antonio, Texas to Sedalia,
Kansas in the days of the 1860s.
"This is the landscape of Rawhide: desert,
forest, mountain and plains; it is intense heat,
bitter cold, torrential rain, blinding dust; men
risking their lives, earning small reward -a life of challenge- Rawhide. It
is men like trail scout Pete Nolan, the cantankerous
Wishbone, Ramrod Rowdy Yates, good natured Mushy, and
trail boss Gil Favor - these men are Rawhide!" --
The crew of the cattle drive included:
- Eric Fleming as Gil Favor, the
trail boss responsible for getting the cattle
to market. His daughters Gillian (Candy Moore)
and Margaret (Barbara Beaird) live in
Philadelphia. A wealthy rancher tried to adopt
Gil's daughters when they traveled west to see
their father. While on the trail, Gil's men
ran across a woman who claimed to be his
"The 'Trail Boss' is the man in charge. The
man who rides herd on the hands as well as the
cattle. The Leader. The man whom experience has
taught. The man who had learned from another
trail boss. The man who sets the pace. The man
who gives the orders...and must be obeyed. The
man who has full responsibility for the safe
conduct of the herd all the way. The man who
knows everyone's job. The man who leads from
start to finish."
- Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates,
Gil's chief ramrod who hates sheep. His
father Jake (Tom Tully) showed up after years
of absence and got the drovers involved with
Mexican bandits. Rowdy fought for the
Confederacy in the war and years later he was
brought to "trial" by his former confederate
army buddies who believed he betrayed their
planned escape from a union prison. Rowdy
later negotiated an exchange of three captive white orphans held by
Arapaho Indians. The ransom: 40 head of
cattle. Rowdy took over as Trial Boss when Gil
- Paul Brinegar as George Washington Wishbone,
the trail cook and healer of the drover's
wounds. He once found an ailing old Indian on
the prairie trail and refused to let him die.
Another time, three brothers mistook Wishbone
for their sister's fiancé and tried to force him into marriage. He was later
was temporarily blinded from a bad fall off a
cliff. And if that bump on the head was not
enough, Wishbone decided to leave the
cattle drive to pursue a married woman name
Elizabeth Harmon (Barbara Barrie) who had an
abusive husband. Wishbone also had a relative
named T.J. Wishbone (Regis Toomey).
- James Murdock as Mushy, the
slow-witted assistant trail cook. His mother,
Martha (Mercedes McCambridge) tried to lure
her son off the trail to run his late father's
barber shop. Mushy also has a 15-year-old
cousin named Posie (Jena Engstrom) who got
involved with a gambler. Mushy once left the
cattle drive to follow a prospector who sought
the the fabled city of Quivera. When he
returned, Mushy won a small fortune in a card
game with saloon owner Lorelie Mars (Barbara
- Steve Raines as Jim Quince, a trail
hand. He once faced the hangman's noose on a
false charge of cattle rustling. He
later faced the charge of murdering a
prominent town citizen after a a wild night of
celebrating with the other drovers.
- Rocky Shahan as Joe Scarlett, trail
- Robert Cabal as Hey Soos, a Mexican
trail hand. He was once captured by a tribe of
strange Indians who forced him to drink a brew
laced with Peyote.
- Charles H. Gray as Clay Forrester,
a trail scout.
- Sheb Wooley as Pete Nolan. a trail
scout. He replaced Clay. Pete once escorted
the wife of an invalid rancher to a dance but
soon regretted the troubles that followed..
- William R. Thompkins as Toothless
Raymond St Jacques as Simon Blake, a
- John Ireland as Jed Colby
David Watson as Ian Cabot
L.Q. Jones as Pee Jay
Bert Remsen as Murdock
John Erwin as Teddy
John Cole as Bailey
Don Harvey as Collins
Paul Comi as Yo Yo
As Gil Favor and his crew of drovers and
scouts moved their living cargo of cattle across
the plains to market they had the pleasure and
misfortune to encounter a variety of
predicaments and people along the way. They
- Prisoners on the way to trial.
- Stagecoach and wagon accidents.
- Tough frontier towns.
- Renegade confederates who still defy the Union.
- People seeking revenge for the murder of a loved one.
- Rival cattle drovers and rustlers.
- Diseases effecting the cattle, like tick fever.
- Roving bandits and greedy land barons.
- Homesteaders held hostage by criminals.
- Drought conditions and bone-dry plains.
- Injured trail hands in need of medical attention.
- Cattle stampedes and wolf attacks.
- Strange drifters and travelers, like a black-garbed man who
walks into the drovers' camp during a thunderstorm, but
his clothing is absolutely dry or an English valet whose master
was killed by buffalo hunters.
- Forced to be jurors in a fixed murder trial.
- Prairie fires, electrical storms and flash floods.
- Crossing treacherous rivers.
- False accusations of murder and other crimes.
- Wagon loaded with nitroglycerine.
- Scoundrels and schemers with false promises.
- Mexican mystics and princesses.
- Native Americans (both hostile and peaceable).
- Military deserters and disgruntled soldiers, like an army
officer who plotted to steal the government payroll when
he retires as restitution for his years of service.
- Harsh financial climates effecting the sale of cattle.
- Mistreatment of Native Americans, like a Pawnee Indian
enslaved by a carnival boss.
- Traveling entertainers, like a ballet company hired by a man
to perform in the middle of nowhere or a lion from a traveling
circus whose roar almost stampeded the cattle.
- Homeless or helpless folk found along the trail, like a blind
girl whose father was murdered by a cattle drover or
a mentally-disturbed woman rescued from the Cheyenne Indians who
wanted to burn her as a witch.
- People wanting to reunited with others, like an outlaw who
wanted to regain the love of his son.
- A lone US Army fort commanded by a woman and civilians.
- Three wagon loads of "mail-order" brides in need of help.
- Larcenous senior citizens, like the sweet little grandma who
tried to steal money from Rowdy Yates.
- Acts of kindness, like two nuns who rescue a tortured
Comanchero left to die by his former compatriots or celebrating
Christmas in mid-summer for a sick boy.
Listen to Theme Song
Theme Song Lyrics
(by Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington
Performed by Frankie Laine)
Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Keep movin’, movin’, movin’,
Though they’re disapprovin’,
Keep them doggies movin’
Don’t try to understand ‘em,
Just rope and throw and brand ‘em,
Soon we’ll be living high and wide.
My heart's calculatin’
My true love will be waitin’,
Be waiting at the end of my ride.
Move ‘em on, head ‘em up,
Head ‘em up, move ‘em on,
Move ‘em on, head ‘em up
Cut ‘em out, ride ‘em in
Ride ‘em in, let ‘em out,
Cut ‘em out, ride ‘em in
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was inspired
by Charles Marquis Warren's movie Cattle
Empire (1958). Three of its actors - Paul
Brinegar, Steve Raines & Rocky Shahan - reprised
their roles on the TV adaptation..
Rowdy Yates was promoted to Trail Boss on the
final season. Raymond St Jacques, who played
Simon Blake on the final season, was the first
black actor to have a recurring role on a TV
Most of the episode titles on the series
contained the word "incident" as in "Incident
near Gloomy River," "Incident at Cactus Wells"
or "Incident of the Gallows Tree."
Frankie Lane who performed the rousing theme
song for the show, appeared on episode No. 60.
as Ralph Bartlet, a man who tried to make amends
for money he stole from Gil Favor 10 years
Officially, the last episode of RAWHIDE aired in
November, 1965. Only reruns aired in the early
portion of 1966.
In the comedy film The Blues Brothers
(1980), Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan
Aykroyd) belt out a stirring rendition of the
"Rawhide" theme while inside a metal cage
designed to protect performers from flying beer
bottles and other debris thrown by drunk
customers at Bob's Country Bunker.
Eric Fleming (a.k.a. Gil Favor) left the series
at the end of the seventh season. He drowned in
Peru on the Huallaga River (Tingo Maria area) on
September 28, 1966 while filming the two-part
MGM adventure series "High Jungle."
Obituaries: Paul Brinegar: 03/27/1995; Steve Raines:
01/04/1996; Eric Fleming: 09/28/1966; James Murdock:
12/24/1981; Rocky Shahan: 12/08/1981; Sheb Wooley:
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