Rawhide: The Complete First Season


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Rating: Not Rated

Eric Fleming as Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates
Sheb Wooley as Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar as Wishbone
Steve Raines as Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan as Joe Scarlett
James Murdock as Harkness “Mushy” Mushgrove
Robert Cabal as Hey Soos Patines

Special Features:
Production Notes


Other Info:
Mono Sound
Running Time: 19 Hours 40 Minutes

Rawhide first aired in 1959. The following is from the DVD cover:

“Get rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ with Oscar®-winner Clint Eastwood in Rawhide – the trail-blazing western series that jump-started his illustrious movie career! This 7-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the first season, plus a bonus episode from Season 2, to get you back in the saddle with everybody’s favorite cowhand, Rowdy Yates; his tough-minded trail boss, Gil Favor (Eric Fleming); and a whole herd of legendary guest stars. With villains who will rob you blind and heroes who will steal your heart, the wild west has never been so much fun!”

“Rawhide: The Complete First Season” is not rated.

I’ve never been a big fan of Westerns and I never watched “Rawhide,” so I don’t have any particular nostalgia for it. That being said, though, I can see how fans of Westerns would be really pleased to get this DVD set. My father-in-law is just the kind of person who would get a kick out of seeing this.

Looking at it now, one of the most fun things about watching the series is seeing young Clint Eastwood rope dogies and poke cows (that doesn’t sound quite right). It’s so different from his other roles that it’s a unique snapshot at a stage of his career. It’s also a unique look at an era in television that’s long past. You simply don’t see Westerns like this anymore. And for the time it was filmed, the production was quite impressive. The scenes with cattle, horses, and other cowboy activities look great, even by today’s standards. You’ve also gotta love the theme song. Even if you never watched the show, you can probably sing the theme song. I also thought it was interesting that every episode was labeled “Incident at …..”. You know if there’s an incident, it’s gotta be entertaining.

Unfortunately there are no bonus features on this DVD. It would have been really cool to see an interview with Clint Eastwood, but that wasn’t to be. Instead you have a few text production notes filled with episode trivia and some cast bios.