Rawhide (1959–1965)

The Greedy Town 

Clad in deepest mourning, a very wealthy woman comes to the small town where her dead son robbed a bank and killed a man. She is prepared to pay each resident several years' income if they agree to wipe her son's crimes off the books.


Murray Golden


Tom Seller (teleplay), Lewis Lantz (story) (as Lew Lantz)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor (credit only)
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
Charles H. Gray ... Clay Forrester (as Charles Gray)
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos
Mercedes McCambridge ... Ada Randolph
Jim Davis ... Sheriff Sam Jason
Diana Millay ... Honey Lassiter
J. Pat O'Malley ... George Emory
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Beamish
Ross Elliott ... Bix Thompson
William Phipps ... Floyd Peters


A man arrives asking for Clay Forrester. He is asked to return to the nearby town of Dry Rock for $200 where he served in the Army. Upon arriving he learns the mother Ada Randolph of a man sent to prison is behind the request. Clay and four others testified he robbed the bank and killed a soldier for which he was sent to prison five years. Ada whose outlaw son has recently died in prison has $300,000 (over $2000 per town resident) to bribe the townsfolk to reopen the son's case, find him posthumously innocent and ride out of town the sheriff who had captured and testified against the son. They all face a moral dilemma as to whether their greed will lead them to accede to Ada's corrupt and dishonest plan. Initially they refuse to change their testimony. However, another conversation with the scheming Clay has him move to her side telling the townspeople about the cash that awaits them. One by one the witnesses crumble under the pressure except for Honey Lassiter who finally agrees for ... Written by chipe

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

16 February 1962 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Did You Know?


The first show featuring Charles H. Gray as new trail scout Clay Forrester. The entire episode was dedicated to him, despite the fact that the character had appeared 3 other times in a supporting role the previous season. See more »

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