Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Crossing at White Feather 

Rowdy hires a drunk to lead the herd across a dangerous river. The man is afraid, fakes an injury, and tries to sell a third of Rowdy's herd to a conman. Rowdy helps the young son to cope with his father by talking about his own father.


Richard Whorf


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Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Raymond St. Jacques ... Simon Blake
Albert Dekker ... Jonas Bolt
Johnny Crawford ... Aaron Bolt
Barry Atwater ... Sam Clayton (as G.B. Atwater)
David Watson David Watson ... Ian Cabot


A rattler spooks trail-guide Jonas who falls over a cliff as does Rowdy trying to rescue him. Jonas' son Aaron throws a rope to save Rowdy, not his father, because Jonas has become an embarrassing slacker. Jonas fakes injuries from the fall to weasel out of leading the herd across a dangerous river, which Rowdy dares to cross, rather than venture a pothole-ridden mountain pass urged by Jonas. When Rowdy finds a blotto Jonas malingering with liquor stashed under his bedroll, he fires both father and son. Back home Aaron eloquently prophesies that Rowdy will need them to forge the river quicksand. Jonas bolts onto a bender, proving he's neither saint, nor Nephite, selling a third of Rowdy's herd to a conman. Childless Rowdy's Oedipal abandonment issues surface via his brotherly concern over Jonas' motherless son when Rowdy describes his own history to Aaron which is similar. Aaron tries to find a crossing but has to be rescued from quicksand while the Sheriff arrives wanting one third ... Written by David Stevens

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7 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


Aaron Bolt tries to demonstrate that the river is safe for the cattle to ford, but quickly gets trapped in quicksand. Rowdy wades in to pull him out, somehow forgetting the rope that was used to rescue him and Jonas Bolt earlier the same day. See more »

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It's all about Clint, now
13 September 2018 | by Paul_in_NJSee all my reviews

This is the last episode of Rawhide, ingloriously canceled mid-season. The ratings had been suffering for some time, but getting rid of Gil Favor, Pete Nolan, Mushy, and the rest didn't help.

But the mass firing did allow Clint Eastwood to finally develop his character, Rowdy Yates. For the preceding seven seasons, Yates was, far too often, little more than an impulsive, not-too bright foil for Favor's sharp tongue. Beginning with the first episode of season 8, we can see the calculating, hard-bitten, flinty-eyed man start to emerge. I particularly recommend Six Weeks to Bent Fork (1965) as classic Eastwood, but this one's not a bad way to go out.

Yates and his crew never did finish that last cattle drive, but it did signal a new beginning in Eastwood's life.

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