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Saturday, April 4, 2020
'Head 'Em Up And Move 'Em Out': How The TV Western Series 'Rawhide' Launched Clint Eastwood's Career
This Saturday morning, I watch
a rebroadcast of Rawhide on the ME channel.
I loved the Western show when I
was a kid, loved Frankie Lane's opening song, and I enjoy watching the shows again as an adult. It was on
Rawhide that I first saw Clint Eastwood, who went on to e a major film
Courtney Campbell at WideOpenCountry.com offers a piece on how Rawhide launched Clint Eastwood’s career.
The '50s and '60s were a
glorious time for TV westerns. Has there been any other time in American
television where we had such strong cowboy characters to watch every week? We
had Bonanza, the Lone Ranger, Wagon Train, and Gunsmoke. But we also had the TV show
that kicked off Clint Eastwood's western career: Rawhide.
The show is set during the
1860s, capturing the cattle drive lifestyle. Eric Fleming stars as trail boss
Gil Favor. Eastwood stars opposite him as Rowdy Yates, the young and feisty
accomplice, who Favor continually keeps in check. Sheb Wooley played scout Pete
Nolan, Paul Brinegar played the cook Wishbone, James Murdock played Wishbone's
assistant "Mushy," Rocky Shahan, played drover Joe Scarlet, and Steve
Raines played drover Jim Quince. It was a great group of characters to follow
season after season.
You can read the rest of the
piece via the below link:
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