Features Classic TV Revisited: Rawhide Published 3 years ago on August 18, 2016 Rawhide was a black and white western adventure based on the lives of a cattle-driving team heading for Kansas.Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood and Sheb Wooley. Famed for its “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin'” theme tune sung by Frankie Laine (Frankie is now 90) that was later borrowed for the Blues Brothers film. What was so special about Rawhide? It had a strong cast of characters, including the young, rangy Clint Eastwood. Is that all? No. It reminded America of its not-so-distant past and was based on material from 1866 in the diaries of a real-life drover called George Dutfield. And… It also featured James Johnson, the first black actor to feature regularly in a TV Western series. Who else was in it? It’s remembered for Rowdy Yates (Clint) but Gil Favor (Eric Fleming) was its central man. He ran the trail crew with a will of iron and had a Mr No-nonsense “Now git” attitude. Small ensemble, then. There was also gnarled old cook Wishbone who also had a tender side (unlike his food). And the country singer Sheb Wooley, who played scout Pete Nolan. Sheb appeared in 60 films and 50 TV shows including High Noon, Clint’s The Outlaw Josey Wales and Giant. Quit mumblin’, Clint! It must have been strange working with Clint Eastwood before he became a superstar. It was his co-star Sheb Wooley who recalled how his unique delivery used to cause problems. Tell me more. Sheb once said: “We called him Mumbles. He didn’t speak his words very loud. The sound man was always saying ‘Kid, speak up!’ But he mumbled his way to a fortune.” How? Sergio Leone saw him in the show and cast him in his first Western. So Clint was the big star of the show. No he wasn’t. Actor Eric Fleming was. Who? He was Gil Favor, the solid boss who kept the wagon wheels turning until tragedy hit his own life. How so? Well, he stayed with the show for seven seasons and planned to retire to Hawaii, where he owned a ranch. But… During filming of MGM’s 1965 movie Glass Bottom Boat he drowned after diving into turbulent water. Do Say: “Move ’em on, head ’em up.” Or “Keep them dogies rollin’.” Don’t say: “Of course they never finished their drive.” Er, they did, actually. Or, “What became of Clint? Those spaghetti Westerns will never catch on.” Classic TV RevisitedClint EastwoodRawhideWesterns Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes13 hours ago House Hunters: Green Acres In Agoura Hills (S153EP2 HGTV Mon 25 Feb 2019) Green Acres In Agoura Hills: A single mother wants to relocate to a home in the city of Agoura Hills,... Episodes13 hours ago Maine Cabin Masters Season 3 Episode 11 airs Mon 25 Feb 2019 on DIY A family from Maine work together to save a historic cabin from the 1930s that was owned by a famous... Episodes13 hours ago The Good Doctor: Believe (S2EP16 ABC Mon 25 Feb 2019) Believe: The new chief of surgery, Dr. Jackson Han (Daniel Dae Kim), believes Dr. Shaun Murphy is a liability more... Episodes13 hours ago The Enemy Within Series Premieres Mon 25 Feb 2019 on NBC Pilot: Former CIA agent Erica Shepherd is now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history.... Episodes13 hours ago Grave Mysteries: Murder Behind Closed Doors (S2EP3 ID Mon 25 Feb 2019) Murder Behind Closed Doors: While hunting for clues in the case of 27-year-old single mother Ashley Melnyczok, who was murdered... search EPISODES Episodes13 hours ago The Voice Season 16 Premieres Mon 25 Feb 2019 on NBC The Blind Auditions Season Premiere: EGOT winner and critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend joins returning superstar coaches Adam Levine, Kelly... Episodes13 hours ago Man with a Plan: Adam’s Wall Hole Bowl (S3EP4 CBS Mon 25 Feb 2019) Adam’s Wall Hole Bowl: Adam and the guys visit Lowell at his new bachelor pad and start using it as... Episodes13 hours ago People Magazine Investigates: Who Killed Jane Doe 59? (S3EP15 ID Mon 25 Feb 2019) Who Killed Jane Doe 59?: On November 16, 1969, a woman is found murdered in Los Angeles, but her identity... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.