Rawhide (1959–1965)

Incident of the Day of the Dead 

Rowdy is tricked into breaking a stallion to pay off a gambling debt by a woman. The horse killed one man and injured others including the daughter of the owner. Rowdy is involved in more than breaking a horse - the break up of a family.


Stuart Heisler


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Episode complete credited cast:
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Viveca Lindfors ... Luisa Esquivel Y Hadley
Alexander Scourby ... Albert Hadley
Nancy Hadley Nancy Hadley ... Ellen Hadley
Ron Soble ... Tovar
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Goyo
Helen Westcott ... Ella Cowley
Hal Baylor ... Blacksmith
Maurice Jara Maurice Jara ... Hey Soos
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Ramon
William Fawcett ... Old Man
Claire Carleton ... Lena Biggs
Kim Winona Kim Winona ... Concha (as Connie Buck)
Pilar Arcos Pilar Arcos ... Witch-woman
Julian Rivero ... Miguel


Rowdy is in town getting the mail and he shows his prowess by stopping a runaway horse. Aristocratic, autocratic horse breeder Luisa is obsessed with breaking the horse that threw her and her daughter Ellen, who thinks she is permanently crippled. After watching Rowdy, Luisa arranges for Rowdy to lose $300 at poker assuming his debt in return for breaking the dangerous stallion that crippled and killed others. Luisa is hated by her daughter, husband and most of the peons on her horse ranch, who are plotting to loot the ranch and join the revolutionary forces in Mexico. Meanwhile, Ellen, sick of her mother's domination and meanness, tries to kill herself, but is prevented by Rowdy who says that his example of trying to break the stallion should encourage Ellen to make the effort to walk again. The husband Albert decides Rowdy's attempt to ride the horse is the time to take care of his wife and for the peons to revolt. Everything comes to a head on the Day of the Dead after Rowdy makes ... Written by chipe

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Release Date:

18 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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