Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident at Dragoon Crossing 

Favor is taking a short but very tough route which the men question. Another trail boss John Cord tells Favor he is wrong. When Favor becomes sick, he asks Cord to take over but the men question Cord's motives.


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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Dan O'Herlihy ... John Cord
Duane Grey ... Jose Becerra
Garry Walberg ... Cory Bates
Ralph Thomas Ralph Thomas ... Billy Joe Bates
John Erwin ... Teddy


Battling a drought, Gil Favor turns the drive off the trail onto badlands, to save time. But his drovers doubt Gil's judgment, especially after a more experienced trail boss John Cord who's passing by, advises against the rougher route. Gil, thinking he is suffering brain fever from an old Civil War injury, seeks the help of the stern, older boss, who is fleeing back home from an unnamed danger. Cord agrees to take over the herd to save the cattle but with no word from Favor about the change, the men and especially Rowdy question Cord's motives. The men quickly admit that Cord's strategy for moving the cattle is letting them make better time while easier on the cattle and men. However, when Rowdy learns Cord's plans for crossing the river, he suspects Cord is working with the Bates gang who want them to pay tribute to cross. In reality Cord has killed the leader of the Bates gang and they want revenge. The Bates gang spots Cord's ramrod in town who leads them to the sick Favor. The ... Written by David Stevens

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

21 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hereford, Arizona, 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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Gil Favor: Takin' a herd north, you have to trail across nearly a thousand miles of the wrinkled skin of earth. Over terrain as strange and different as paradise above from the hot place below. Mostly its too rough or too steep, too wet or dry, too hot or cold, too windy, too lonely. But you take what comes and find a way to move the beeves on through. At least you try. My name's Gil Favor, trail boss.
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Man knows his cattle business
29 December 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Rawhide story has Eric Fleming much off his game and suffering a raging fever. As it happens he runs into another trail boss who is returning from his successful drive. Fleming knows he's not fit to lead and has the drive turned over to Dan O'Herlihy.

O'Herlihy is a rather arrogant sort, but he knows his cattle business. However he and Clint Eastwood rub each other the wrong way. In addition O'Herlihy has some bad enemies, an outlaw gang that demands tribute to go over a river crossing they control and that the drive is coming to. O'Herlihy killed one of the brothers in charge and the other two are gunning for him.

Dan O'Herlihy is not one you think of for westerns, but he does a good job in this episode. His scenes with Clint Eastwood have some crackle to them.

Man's not lovable, but he gets the job done.

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