Rawhide (1959–1965)

Incident of the Power and the Plow 

Needing water and grass for the herd Favor has the okay from a rancher until he befriends a Comanche boy with candy. The rancher wants the Comanche lands so he is willing to start an Indian war and sacrifice his only son who he despises.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Fred Freiberger


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Brian Donlevy ... Jed Reston
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Rodolfo Acosta ... Chisera (as Rudolfo Acosta)
Dick Van Patten ... Matt Reston
Malcolm Atterbury ... Will Morton
Michael Pate ... Taslatch
Jeanne Bates ... Henny Morton
Carol Thurston ... Waneea
Sandy Kenyon ... Storekeeper


The Rawhiders suffering from a dry spell ask Jed Reston permission to graze on his land. Jed offers his vast, heavily-guarded land for grazing after Jed's son Matt whips Comanche Taslatch. Favor learning Taslatch has been framed declines a meal with the Restons. While in Bixby getting supplies, Favor gives Taslatch's son a handful of candy sticks when the store owner ignores him versus two white boys. Upon returning to camp Jed visits them telling Favor to have his herd off Reston's land in 24 hours or he will start killing the herd. Favor's only option is to go south on Comanche land to make the deadline. Favor and Rowdy avoid a lashing and gain access to the Comanche land when Taslatch rescues them. Taslatch is scratching to establish a farm adjacent to Reston and the townspeople are helping Reston stop him. When the store won't give Taslatch a plow he ordered and paid for, Favor steps in to get it for him. As they return it to Taslatch, they find Jed has burned out Taslatch ... Written by David Stevens

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

13 February 1959 (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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Did You Know?


Eric Fleming is spared from a flogging here but is not so lucky in Season 6's "Incident at Zabulon" when he's tied to a wagon wheel and horsewhipped. See more »


Gil Favor: The Sedalia Trail's as rough as it is long. You might say deuces are wild the way everything comes in twos. In the low country, two inches of rain in half an hour. Coming through the passes, it was two feet of snow. On this side of the mountain, we had two brushes with rustlers. Ended up burying two hands. Now it's been two days since grass and water. But my job's to kick this herd along no matter what. The only way I know to get a thing done is to keep trying. Gil Favor's my name, trail boss.
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