Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident of the Town in Terror 

Rowdy and two cattle are stricken with a disease similar to deadly anthrax. Some drivers and the nearby townsfolk are frightened, allowing no traffic to the drover camp or out in the direction of town. But one fearless nurse is undeterred.


Ted Post


Oliver Crawford


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
Margaret O'Brien ... Betsy Stauffer
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Harry Townes ... Amos Stauffer
Don C. Harvey ... Joe Greevey
Patrick O'Moore ... Matt Novak (as Pat O'Moore)
Russ Conway ... Josh Miller
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Yaeger
Dan White ... Windy
James Gavin James Gavin ... Cowhand


Favor is worried about what they will face going through a 8000 foot narrow pass to get to the town of Gorham on the other side. As they approach it, Rowdy is missing after Wishbone treated him for an ailment but is found asleep in the wagon. He returns to the herd while Favor talks to the nearby town leaders about bringing the herd through at night to ease problems. Rowdy interrupts to report a sick steer which everyone believes is anthrax. The townspeople tell them to remove the herd. They search the herd for other that sick steers but only one is found as Rowdy collapses with a fever. Favor isolates Rowdy with himself and Windy plus he has to prevent his cowboys from fleeing, . Needing help, Favor rides into Gorham for a doctor but the only medical person is a nurse Betsy, daughter of the pharmacist. They return to Rowdy where she looks for anthrax symptoms but does not find them while the townsmen arm to keep the cattle and drovers quarantined.. When rain threatens, Favor puts ... Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

6 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gil Favor: Ridin' herd over a long trail may be a headache, but I can tell you it's never boresome, even when it's goin' smooth. There's plenty of sweet grass, blue skies, clear spring water. You ride lazy, thinkin' of what you left behind, dreamin' of what's ahead. Ridin' easy doesn't come often on a drive. When you're pushin' three thousand head and twenty hands, there's always something about to happen. Whatever it is, and whenever it comes up, I gotta meet it. That's my job. I'm Gil Favor, trail boss.
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Fear of disease
20 January 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Both Clint Eastwood and a couple of steers get sick and the fear is anthrax. The steers are shot and buried and I'm sure if quick lime had been available it would have been used. But we don't do that to Rowdy Yates.

The only thing worse than the disease is fear of same. That's what Eric Fleming's drovers are afraid of and that's what the Towne that's at the other side of a mountain pass is afraid of. There's also the closest thing to a doctor around, pharmacist Harry Townes and his daughter Margaret O'Brien who is a nurse.

The episode belongs to them and to Eric Fleming who as trail boss shoulders an awful lot of responsibility here.

It's one of the best Rawhide episodes.

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