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 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Here comes the season 8 end credits for actor David Watson.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Here comes the season 6 logo still under Vincent Fennelly and his team.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Here comes the season 6 opening credits for the three leading actors.
Notice the Alfred Hitchcock Presents shadowgraph style.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Still a favorite thread.

Keep the posts coming mysterious (member).

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I not only finished off season 8 but season 5 and I'm entering season 6.

•••More about season 5•••

First off, I'm glad to get back Mr. Favor which is missing from season 8.
Favor is the beacon, the center of the series.

¶ Disc #3 from volume 2
Amongst the four stories, only one truly shine: "Incident of White Eyes"
directed by Christian Nyby
guest starring Nita Talbot, William Schallert and Nehemiah Persoff playing a former cruel bandit.
It's a solid dramatic huit-clos in which the passengers of a stagecoach
along with wounded Favor end up marooned in a stage station because
a band of silent indian criminals surrounding the place to get a former member.
It's very Film Noir with low-key lighting.

¶ Disc #4 from volume 2
The last season 5 episode is an intriguing case: "Abilene"
directed by Tony Leader
It's not produced by the season 5 team but by the season 4 team,
meaning Andre Bohem is back and the main titles are different.
Perhaps, the greatest episode of season 5 in terms of characters development.
Favor decides to quit his job as a trail boss to buy a house for his kids at Abilene
when a sick young drover shows the symptom of small pox and all the drovers
must remain in quarantine in a small hotel at the end of the town.
All the drovers also cease to work in the trail business.
Rowdy Yates shows his mean side and even punches his former boss.
The guest drover played by Ken Lynch is also the center of this drama
and he first decides to quit the job because of his age and his back to open up a shop.
On the whole, it's another huit-clos.
For the anecdote, all the drovers buy some new cloths and are dressed as city dwellers
which is odd, especially from Rowdy Yates.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

During season 5, actor Clint Eastwood plays the piano and performs many songs.
He sings well, by the way. He's got a good voice.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

And now, let's dive into the sixth season of Rawhide.
It's the same production team: producer Vincent Fennelly and dp Jack Swain.
The only change is the main titles and the departure of the Clay Forrester character.

•••Here's the outfit for season 6•••
Gil Favor
Rowdy Yates
Jim Quince
Joe Scarlet
Hey Soos

¶ Disc #1 from volume 1

"Incident of the Red Wind"
written by Dean Reisner
directed by Thomas Carr
music composed and conducted by Leon Klatzkin
guest starring 'the tough as hell' Neville Brand as Lou Bowdark

It's a fine premiere episode that deals with superstition and fate.
It's also a hot desert episode in which a stranger pop-up from nowhere to sign up and leads the herd into the unknown of San Marcos. The stranger has a devilish flavor and provokes catastrophies among the leading drovers: Favor is severely injured during an arranged horse accident and falls down from a cliff, Quince is also injured while recovering a lost cow and Yates' authority is called into question. Only religious Hey Soos smells and feels the bad omen of the stranger.
Gil Favor remains in bed in the wagon of Wishbone during this drama but gives orders to Yates and the stranger willing to replace the ramrod.
The introduction of the stranger scene is splendid: Yates crosses the desert on foot while carrying his saddle and spots a wild black horse that he wishes to catch with a rope when the stranger appears!
The outcome is fantastic and meaningful (I won't spoil it).
The sign off scene and the end titles will be recycled in the late season 7 episodes.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

I don't like the opening title sequence in season 8. Titles flash over pen & ink sketches of faces and cattle trailing scenes. See (Member)'s frame captures above. The live-action photography in other seasons is far more effective. Also, the sketches are meant to remind us of the art on one-sheets for the two (he hadn't made the third yet) spaghetti westerns Clint had starred in.

The first episode "Encounter at Boot Hill" is a bizarre combination of soap opera and Gothic, with grotesque close-ups banging against far-away wide angles. Director Sutton Roley tries hard to make his shots interesting. One scene begins with a coffin sitting on four stands. The camera rises to reveal the sheriff, played by Simon Oakland, sitting behind it. Then the sheriff stands up, and the antlers hanging on the wall seem to be growing out of his head as he utters a strangely worded eulogy. Fans of Timothy Carey will relish his off-kilter performance as a bully deputy in this episode. Clint knocks him on his ass. Speaking of Clint, he acquits himself well in the lead. I say this as someone who is not a fan of Clint, but this is the earliest (1965) performance in which I see him emerge as a true actor. Instead of lending support or posturing in a serape, he takes charge.

I missed Gil Favor, however.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2014 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ Disc #1 from volume 1

Episode #4: "Incident of the Travellin' Man"
written by 'associate producer' Paul King
directed by Ted 'Magnum Force' Post
guest: Simon Oakland, Robert Middleton, Robert Donner, James B. Sikking

Up on the river, Hey Soos and Toothless spot a body lying on a floating beam. They remove the body and the drovers surround the man who wear chain-gang's irons on his ankles. Later on, we learn the man is Bolivar Jagger running away from abusive proprietor Matt Harger who pop-ups to claim the fugitive. Favor protects Jagger and asks the law. Later on and returning from a trip, Favor and Yates find wounded Mushy and Wishbone while Jagger escapes from the camp to avoid justice. Things are not what they appear to be…

It's a good two-faced character episode. The film-making and the performance of Simon Oakland are noteworthy. Notice the opening titles for Act I: the episode title and the writer/director credits appear with a wipe transition during a long lateral dolly shot depicting Mushy walking along a river but seen at a remote distance. Here and there, Ted Post inserts some quick zoom shot and lights some scenes with a Film Noir leaning.

 Posted:   Aug 6, 2014 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)


Disc #2

"Incident of The Swindler"
written by John Hawkins and Jack Turley
story by Jack Turley
directed by Thomas Carr
stock music (Leonard Rosenman's "And When the Sky Was Opened")
guest: John Dehner as con man/gambler Straw Coleman, Sally Forrest as dancer Loreen Bouquet

At night and with iron cuffs, escapee Straw Coleman arrives at the camp of Gil Favor and is caught up while stealing a horse. Wishbone recognizes the man who reminds him his trouble past in New Orleans and tells him he is wanted by the law for murder charge. Wishbone is compeled to escape from the camp by threatening drovers, steals two horses and two winchesters and runs with his former friend. Coleman orders Wishbone to free him from his bonds and knocks out a farmer for his blacksmith tools. The day after, both men stop their horses at Caribou Stage Station to meet again a so-called dead woman! Wishbone has a shock and a revelation.

It's a solo Wishbone drama in which he betrays his outfit to avoid the law. The writer inserts a flashback depicting Wishbone as a young man in love with a dancer that dies in his arms and fooled by a con man. It's also a big store modus operandi. Really Recommended!

 Posted:   Aug 8, 2014 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ "Incident at Zebulon"
written by Dean Riesner
directed by Christian Nyby
guest: Robert Cornthwaite, Patricia Huston, John Lupton, Ron Foster, Kelly Thordsen, Herbert Patterson

During a night stampede, a band of black masked riders called The Regulators stop at the camp of Gil Favor to kidnap a new drover named John Larkin, accused of murdering a woman. Favor rides to the town of Zebulon to witness the militia's trial. Refusing to let hang his drover, Favor ends up whipped on a wheel and sent back to his camp and defined as trash. The day after, Favor rushes to the town of Zebulon to investigate and to unmask the militia leader known as the Major and force the resigned deputy-sheriff to react and enforce the law.

It's a trial episode with irregular forces—dressed as medieval hangmen—doing expeditious justice and Favor is on a personal mission. The subsequent tackled theme is people justice opposed to government justice. In "The Night of the Legion of Death" from "The Wild Wild West", the writer exploits the same theme of an abusive alternate power that goes out of control.

¶ "Incident at Hourglass"
written by John Hawkins
directed by Christian Nyby
guest: Jay C. Flippen, Elizabeth MacRae, John Anderson, Kent Smith, Russell Arms

Rowdy Yates and Jim Quince stop at a military camp in order to have permission to cross through Hourglass Pass but the old Sergeant informs them they can't because they're about to build a dam. Favor tries to negotiate with the CO (Captain James Rankin) but fails and later on meets an old female acquaintance named Sally-Ann who begs him to stay for dinner with her husband (the Captain) who insists. After the supper, the Captain leaves in a hurry because of a mysterious message. Bored to death by her military life, Sally-Ann begs Favor to bring her with him and offers him some money from a chest. The aide eavesdrops, bursts into the room and to arrest and knock out from the rear Favor when Sally-Ann guns Lieutenant Cooke down. The day after, Favor must stand a military trial for his so-called crime.

It's a blue soldier intrigue and a court-martial episode featuring a manipulative mythomaniac housewife. Actor John Anderson will return next season as an officer again in "Retreat".

Both episodes are related to swift justice done by men in uniform in which Gil Favor avoids to be executed. Highly recommended!

 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ "Incident at Deadhorse, Part I & II"
written by 'associate producer' Paul King
directed by Thomas Carr

music composed and conducted by Leon Klatzkin for Part I
music composed and conducted by Richard Shores for Part II

guests: Burgess Meredith, Broderick Crawford, Chill Wills, Robert Middleton, Paul Carr, Hampton Fancher, Hugh Sanders

In the town of Deadhorse and at the saloon, judge John Hogan sentences to death by hanging Jud Hammerklein on the 13 th at 3 PM. His crime: the murder of a card player/gambler Nate Neilson who killed his son. Sheriff Asa Tanner refuses to apply the sentence and therefore the judge summons a professional hangman. Meanwhile and while fishing, Rowdy Yates and Jim Quince exhume the body of a mysterious little man named Hannibal H. Plew that appears alive but with a 'broken neck' and accompanied by a faithful white mule. Later on, Plew informs Favor he must go to Deadhorse for a professional appointment. Wishbone and Mushy escort him in order to buy supplies. The real trouble starts when they enter Deadhorse!

It starts as a courtroom and a legal-oriented pro-death penalty drama. It unfolds as a semi-mystical two-parter because of the hangman character that superstitious Hey Soos defines as the grim reaper by quoting the Bible! The outcome of the second part is bigger-than-life: two sides (the Hammerkleins posse versus the Gil Favor's outfit) face each other in a grand finalé. It's the companion piece to the season 6 "Incident of the Wanderer" with a religious figure wandering in the wilderness on his way to a town to prevent an execution. As in the season 5 "Incident of the Four Horsemen" and in the tradition of the macabre "Thriller", a man resurrect from the dead so to speak. Highly recommended!

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

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

From the back.

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 6:13 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

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

In the front.

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Another Gil Favor's alternate sign off: Part 2.

From the back.

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Another Gil Favor's alternate sign off, Part 2.

In the front.

 Posted:   Aug 13, 2014 - 2:50 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

If you like the series Rawhide, I advise you to watch
the 1948 feature film Red River, directed by Howard Hawks.
This is the closest film to Rawhide in terms of thematics.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The more I dig into Rawhide, the more it reminds me The Twilight Zone: strange.
Perhaps, it is due to the production values at CBS. I don't know.

 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Here comes the season 8 end credits for actor David Watson.

Is that the same David Watson who played Cornelius in "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes"?

 Posted:   Aug 19, 2014 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Is that the same David Watson who played Cornelius in "Beneath The Planet Of The Apes"?

Yes, it is.

Watch David Watson from the prologue of Encounter at Boot Hill.
He is the young rider rushing to prevent the hanging.

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