Rawhide (1959–1965)
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A Man Called Mushy 

At trails end, Mushy is embarrassed and denounced by Favor for being conned out of the drive's wagons and supplies by a band of Gypsies. Dejected, Mushy wanders off alone in the desert to be followed by Favor and Rowdy.


Michael O'Herlihy


John Mantley




Episode cast overview:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Mike Kellin ... Vassily
Sondra Blake ... Teya (as Sondra Kerr)
Margo ... Selena
John Hubbard ... Smitty
John McLiam ... Bartender
Jonathan Kidd Jonathan Kidd ... Seth Parker
Michael Pataki ... Anselmo
Dawn Little Sky Dawn Little Sky ... Squaw
Paul Comi ... Yo Yo


The cattle drive has reached its destination, and Favor, the men and their horses are ready to return home by rail road. Mushy had been alone watching the wagons, supplies and horse remuda, all of which Favor was selling. But a group of Gypsy swindlers had tricked Mushy into turning everything over to them on the lie that Favor had sold the items to them. Favor is furious over the loss, and on the train ride home Mushy overhears Favor denouncing Mushy to Rowdy and declaring he was going to fire Mushy. Tearful, Mushy jumps off the train and wanders in the desert till he is rescued by another traveling family of Gypsies. The mute daughter cares for and falls in love with Mushy. Meanwhile, the drovers discover that Mushy is missing, and Favor and Rowdy stop the train and ride off looking for Mushy. The girl's father sells Mushy as a virtual slave to a townsman, but the girl rescues him. Everything comes to a head as Favor and Rowdy finally make it to the Gypsy camp where they find both ... Written by chipe

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Drama | Western







Release Date:

23 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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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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Poor Mushy
18 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Rawhide episode is one of the few that James Murdock gets to be front and center. Murdock as cook's louse Mushy gets his day in the sun here.

We never really go into just what Mushy's story is. My guess is that he's borderline retarded. Acting as Wishbone's assistant Paul Brinegar may get inpatient with him at times, but he always defends him.

As does Clint Eastwood with Eric Fleming when Mushy is conned out of the wagons, supplies, and reymuda of the trail herd after the drive is over. Fleming who does a slow burn in many Rawhide episodes to rival Edgar Kennedy does go off with Eastwood to find Murdock after he wanders off.

As for Murdock he has quite the odyssey which includes a band of gypsies.

Nice opportunity for James Murdock to be center stage.

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