Friday, March 11, 2016

Best #Western Series Continued ... RAWHIDE

Based on the real life diary written in 1866 by trail boss George C. Duffield

With its rousing theme song, "Rawhide" was a cultural icon. It ran for seven and a half years in total. It also introduced the world to a young Clint Eastwood, who would become the savior of the Western genre in the 1970s.

Set in the 1860s, Rawhide portrays the challenges faced by the drovers of a cattle drive. Most episodes are introduced with a monologue by Gil Favor (portrayed by Eric Fleming), the trail boss. In a typical Rawhide story, the drovers come upon people on the trail and are drawn into solving whatever problem they present or confront. Sometimes, one or more of the crew venture into a nearby town and encounter some trouble from which they need to be rescued.

Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) was young and at times impetuous in the earliest episodes and Favor had to keep a tight rein on him. Favor was a savvy and strong leader who always played "square" with his fellow men - a tough customer who could handle the challenges and get the job done.

(Producer Charles Warren called on the diary written in 1866 by trail boss George C. Duffield to shape the character of Favor.) Although Favor had the respect and loyalty of the men who worked for him, a few times, the people, including Yates, were insubordinate under him after working too hard or after receiving a tongue lashing. Favor had to fight at times and always won.

Some of the stories were obviously easier in production terms, but the peak form of the show was convincing and naturalistic, and sometimes brutal. Its situations could range from parched plains to anthrax, ghostly riders to wolves, cattle raiding, bandits, murderers, and so forth. A problem on such drives was the constant need for water, and the scout spent much of his time looking for it, sometimes finding that water holes and even rivers had dried up. In some ways, the show was similar to the TV series Wagon Train, which had debuted on NBC on September 18, 1957.

Sojourn With a Stranger isn't a western but it is a historical romance set shortly after the Civil War. 

And... a ghost bent on revealing her killer plays a major role!

About Sojourn:
A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives and accepts a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her.

Derek offers a Raine a large sum of money to bear his child. Now she must choose between morality and an indecent, lucrative proposal. Derek and Lyman Stafford race against time to produce the first male heir in the family and secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…even murder.

“A dark, Gothic novel with erotic romance, mystery, suspense and thrills.

1 comment:

Caroline Clemmons said...

I had no idea Rawhide was based on a factual account. Wasn't that the one where one of the actors drowned due to the weight of his chaps and him not knowing how to swim? My family came upon the filming of that show or another like it when we drove by the 6666 ranch many years ago when it was a cattle ranch (now they raise a lot of thoroughbred horses as well). Very interesting and SOJOURN sounds intriguing.