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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Drama | Western







Release Date:

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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Father issues
11 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Canceled in the middle of its 8th season the trail drive doesn't make it to its final destination in this season of Rawhide. Clint Eastwood of course went to Europe for spaghetti westerns, fame and fortune.

In this episode Clint hires on Albert Dekker as a trail guide to help them ford a dangerous river that he knows all about as he has lived by or near it all his life.

But Dekker is a sodden irresolute drunk and Eastwood has to can him as well as his son Johnny Crawford. Father and son have a lot of issues that come out and Clint has some father issues as well as his dad was a whole lot like Dekker.

Rawhide ended with this story. For all of it Johnny Crawford went around in torn pants and barefoot. When he got paid I hope he invested some new pants and some boots.

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