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.
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
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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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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