Rawhide (1959–1965)

Incident of the Prodigal Son 

They find a young man half baked at a water hole. His attitude gets him off to a bad start with the men except for old horse wrangler Sam Hargis. The kid Ben Whitney is a rich kid but he does his job and develops a relationship with Sam.


Christian Nyby


Richard Fielder




Episode cast overview:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
Charles H. Gray ... Clay Forrester (as Charles Gray)
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos
Gene Evans ... Sam Hargis
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Ben Whitney


The drovers find young Ben Whitney IV at a water hole baking in the sun. Once revived they learn his horse fell and he is lost and stranded. When he finds his wallet missing, he accuses Favor of taking it. Ben decides to stay with herd and Favor gives him a job helping Wishbone and Mushy. He does his job but he rubs the entire crew wrong with his attitude and mistakes. A new hand, Sam Hargis, is an old bronc buster who also irritates the men but he and Ben become friends and Sam becomes a protective father to Ben. Ben eventually learns Sam's son was killed in the war with him and Sam left his wife after the war. Sam learns Ben is running away from his own father. Ben is eventually given a chance to work as a drover by Favor and admits to Favor he later found his wallet in his jacket. When Rowdy chews out Ben, Sam intercedes and drags Rowdy in retaliation forcing Favor to fire him. Sam tracks the herd looking for revenge against Favor when Ben decides to stay with the herd. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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