A very gritty (for its day) take on the western series. 'Starring' Clint Eastwood, but he was only the second lead there was a much better actor who had top billing, Eric Fleming (who was tragically killed on location in 1966). Watch Fleming's strong performance he's laconic, he's the linchpin that holds everything together, he only speaks when there's something worth saying - traits Eastwood would later borrow for characters like the man with no name. Eastwood's Rowdy Yates is only ever a silly 'boy', always getting into trouble. In the final season of Rawhide, they sacked Fleming, to cut costs and made Eastwood's character, Yates the trail boss. Allegedly the head of the studio watched one episode and cancelled the series, saying Eastwood couldn't carry the series like Fleming did. I am an admirer of Clint Eastwood's work, but Fleming's untimely demise robbed us of a far better actor.