Starring: Gil Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Sheb Wooley, Dean Martin
You know that at some point Clint Eastwood left Rawhide to strike out on his own and become one of the biggest movie stars of all time. I don’t know when that happened, but clearly it took place after season 7 of the TV show, which hits DVD March 4th from Paramount Home Entertainment. Volumes one AND two!
Clint Eastwood is still around on the old western…sorta. Then again, the rest of the cattle drive is only there some of the time themselves. There are many episodes in Season 7 that don’t even involve the stars of the show! Eric Fleming, as cattle boss Gil Favor, gets about one minute of screen time in an episode starring Dean Martin as an aging gunfighter. It’s a familiar subject, used in movies and TV shows for years in the age of the western. An old gunfighter nearing his end has to lay down his guns or go out in a blaze of glory. In this case, that’s the whole episode, cattle drive be damned!
Of course, the drive continues through most of season 7, but I found myself enjoying the one-off episodes that ignored the rest of the show entirely more than I did those dealing with moving cows. And Dean Martin! If that’s not reason enough to pick up Season seven of Rawhide, then you can never be convinced.