Rawhide (1959–1965)
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The Testing Post 

When a detachment of army cavalry requisitions a hundred head of cattle from the drovers, Rowdy attempts to get reimbursed by the army. To his chagrin, he discovers the cavalry officers are really cattle rustlers.


Gerd Oswald


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Episode cast overview:
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
John Ireland ... Jed Colby
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Raymond St. Jacques ... Simon Blake
Rory Calhoun ... Joseph Denner
Burt Brinckerhoff Burt Brinckerhoff ... Karl Denner
Dick Foran ... Major Taggert
Eddie Firestone ... Smitty
Robert Donner ... Adjutant


Rowdy Yates, was ordered to sell a hundred prime beef by an Army Regiment but he refused to give them up without payment in gold, landing him in a fight with the Lieutenant who having the drop on Yates winged him with disabling effect. Later, when the Lieutenant returned with his Captain, Jed Colby as next up boss sold them 100 head accepting a signed requisition under duress and was told to redeem it at a Fort Broxton 40 miles ahead. Turns out the whole regiment was a bogus cattle rustler outfit and our drovers had to fight it out with them to keep the herd. Very engaging show worth watching and see how they wound up fighting it out etc. Written by JP

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Drama | Western







Release Date:

30 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Your word ain't good enough
4 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Clint Eastwood's trail drive is stalled for a bit when he gets a visit from an army detachment led by Bert Brinckerhoff wanting to requisition some cattle for feed. He's one arrogant shavetail and demands 100 head of cattle on his word they'll be paid. Not good enough for Clint and when Brinckerhoff resorts to gunplay he gets wounded.

Comes the commanding officer Rory Calhoun who gets his cattle with a bit more diplomacy and a paper redeemable in gold at the nearest post. But when Eastwood tries to redeem it at a fort commanded by Dick Foran he finds it's worthless.

Not a man to be hoodwinked Clint finds the men and it's easy to figure out they're not real army. But Calhoun actually resents being just called a mere rustler. In truth he does have some grandiose ambitions.

A nice guest star turn by Rory Calhoun who could play both sides of the law and did in so many westerns. Nicely staged confrontation with Calhoun and his men and the drovers as well.

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