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head up, move out for one of the all time classics!,
This review is from: Rawhide: Complete First Season [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Ah, teeny lass time! When I came to visit my cousins they were always on about Mr. Favor. They would drag out the cap-pistols and stick horses and play Rawhide. No one wanted be Rowdy Yates. They always forced my younger brother David to play Rowdy and he'd cry. Everyone wanted to be Mr. Favor. Handsome, sexy voiced Eric Fleming was a star on the rise. We saw him in various Sci-Fi flicks in the 50s like that horrid thing with Zaa-Zaa as Queen of Outer Space, and some nifty who dun its, but it was as Ms. Favor he was rising to the top. Hard to recall gravelly-voiced Eastwood was considered a wimp!
Favor was filming a flick in the Amazon during summer break and drowned. Hollywood lost a rising star and Rawhide lost Mr. Favor, dooming the series. It lumbered on with Rowdy taking over as trail boss for a time, only the series lack the force without the dominating presence of Fleming. It would be curious if we could turn back time and alter events--one wonders if Eastwood would have finally come out of Fleming's shadow and become the superstar he did had Fleming not died.
The series ran for 8 years, and holds up well. There were so many westerns during this period, and when you go back to view them, they are sadly quite dated. NOT Rawhide. The strength of the acting, the vision of the producers and directors, kept Rawhide popular back then, but also gives you stories which stands the test of time. Rawhide dates like a fine wine.
You also have the treat of see fading stars and up and coming stars in the stories.
It just doesn't get any better than this.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2009 04:56:49 GMT
Actually, the final episode of Rawhide (#217) first aired in late 1965, about 10 months before Eric Fleming's death in September, 1966 (the January 4, 1966 episode was a rerun). Fleming had been 'let go' from the show at the end of the 7th season. So greatly did CBS president William Paley dislike the promotion of Clint Eastwood's character, Rowdy, to head the cattle drive, and the introduction of various new characters, that he officially cancelled production of the show after seeing the first episode of season 8, though a dozen had already been filmed.
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