Between 1959 and 1966, there were 217 black and white episodes of Rawhide. I always considered it to be one of the very best TV westerns and I watched almost all of them.
Now around 50 years later, I have still found a great deal to enjoy here as the series continues with Season 3. Some episodes are much better than others, but that applies to all TV series. It is the cast that makes Rawhide so outstanding.
Clint Eastwood, who plays the hot-headed foreman Rowdy Yates needs no introduction but the real star of the show was Eric Fleming who plays the no-nonsense trail boss Gil Favor. Sadly he died in 1966 at the age of 41 and if my memory serves me correctly, he was drowned in a fast flowing river while filming on location.
The comedy element comes from Paul Brinegar who plays the bad-tempered cook Wishbone, and his rather dim assistant is played by James Murdock (Mushy).
Sheb Wooley, who recorded many cowboy songs, plays the rather laconic scout, Pete.
In each episode there is a guest star or stars and one of the best episodes in this series features Frankie Laine who recorded the song for the series.
Revelation have done an excellent job with these films which are about 50 years old, and they look almost as good as new. I had no problems with any of the DVDs.
For anyone who likes good old fashioned westerns then you can't do better than Rawhide. Very highly recommended.