Rawhide (1959–1965)
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The Black Sheep 

Rowdy escorts an injured sheepman and his flock to a nearby town. However, when the town's residents think he is one of the sheepmen, Rowdy finds himself on the receiving end of the same kind of treatment he used to dish out to sheepmen.


Anton Leader (as Tony Leader)


Charles Larson (teleplay), Jack Curtis (story)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos
Richard Basehart ... Tod Stone
Will Wright ... Grandfather
Hardie Albright ... Veterinarian
Don C. Harvey ... Collins (as Don Harvey)
James Anderson ... Sheriff
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Cousin Jack Stone
Hal Baylor ... Pool Player


Quince breaks his leg when the herd is spooked by a lone sheep. The drovers find a shepherd Tod Stone ahead of them with a flock of sheep who refuses to let the drovers pass. When they try to go around him, he outsmarts them causing Rowdy and Collins to try to stampeded the sheep. They scatter but the sheep dog quickly rounds them up while Stone decides to stampede the cattle. When Favor along with Rowdy and Collins go to apologize, Stone is stabbed in the back by his own knife when he falls on it a fight with Rowdy. Favor assigns Rowdy to travel with the injured shepherd to his destination 60 miles away. On the way Rowdy accompanies the man to a town to see a doctor. In the saloon Rowdy is taken for a shepherd, beaten up, and jailed for his own protection. After paying Rowdy's bail, Stone sees the local vet who treats him and gives Rowdy some herbs to boil to help fight the infection. After Rowdy leaves Stone at his destination, he returns to the herd to find anthrax is in the area ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

10 November 1961 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Sheep and cattle
24 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Gil Favor cattle drive runs into the thing all cowboys hate, sheep and the shepherds who guide them. The Shepherd in this case is Richard Basehart who feels just about the same about steers and drovers.

But he gets into an accident falling on his own knife in a fight with Clint Eastwood and Eric Fleming not wanting to be responsible for anything has Paul Brinegar patch him up and it's Rowdy Yates's job to escort to a real doctor and to his sheepherding clan headed by Will Wright.

After Eastwood is roughed up and jailed for being a sheepherder and he sees the family and what they've had to endure with cattle interests, Rowdy Yates has some attitudes soften. The two sides have to talk to settle their differences as they all of a sudden face a common foe.

It's a good episode mostly for both Richard Basehart and future big screen legend Clint Eastwood.

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