Rawhide (1959–1965)
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The Captain's Wife 

When Favor goes to a fort for supplies, he finds only civilians left to hold off Comancheros in the area. The wife of the commandant sent out the last of the soldiers on her own hoping her husband would win a promotion and trip east.


Tay Garnett


John Dunkel


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates (credit only)
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan (credit only)
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Robert Cabal ... Hey Soos
Barbara Stanwyck ... Nora Holloway (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
John Howard ... James Carr
Robert Lowery ... Capt. Holloway
Nestor Paiva ... Hagerty
Eugene Mazzola ... Tonio (as Eugene Martin)
Dennis Cross Dennis Cross ... Tonkin
Don C. Harvey ... Collins (as Don Harvey)


A trip through a muddy river destroys the supplies. Favor decides to visit the sutler at a nearby fort for new ones. He takes Quince, Collins, and Hey Soos with him. On the way they are attacked by Comancheros who steal their pack horses. Arriving at the fort it appears to be deserted. Favor enters alone finding only a few civilians and two wounded troopers led by the commandant's wife, Nora. The people soon learn she manipulated half of the troops to join the rest of her husband's men in attacking the Comancheros. Her obsession with making her husband a hero to earn a promotion and transfer back east imperils the entire fort and the four drovers. Favor seizes command but finds Nora won't give up her mission no matter how many lives she endangers. She manipulates the sutler into helping her intercept Hey Soos sent to bring back the troops. Favor stops her but when they return to the fort it has been attacked with causalities. Hey Soos soon returns with the troops but her husband ... Written by David Stevens

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

12 January 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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12 October 2019 | by samwa-27311See all my reviews

The most nauseating, irritating character, in any Western.

I don't care if Stanwick was a famous actress, it was unbearable to watch.

The essence of a militant feminist, set In a Western? Come on.

She constantly disobeys everyone.

No Clint Eastwood in this one.

A bomb, no real ending.

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