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Incident of the Power and the Plow is the sixth episode of the first season of Rawhide. It first aired on February 13, 1959.


Reston kicks Favor's hungry, thirsty herd off his range because Favor bought candy for an Indian child, and then he plans to hang the child's father to start an Indian war so he can acquire the Indian reservation adjoining the Reston lands. - Source: IMDb.com




  • Gil Favor (opening): "The Sedalia Trail's as rough as it is long. You might say deuces are wild the way everything comes in twos. In the low country, two inches of rain in half an hour. Coming through the passes, it was two feet of snow. On this side of the mountain, we had two brushes with rustlers. Ended up burying two hands. Now it's been two days since grass and water. But my job's to kick this herd along no matter what. The only way I know to get a thing done is to keep trying. Gil Favor's my name, trail boss."
  • Mushy: "But Wishbone, I wanna make another pot of coffee. I remember your recipe: one pound of coffee in a pot, boiled for 30 minutes. Then pitch in a horseshoe and if it sinks add some more coffee."
  • Wishbone, disagreeing with his boss’s plan: "I allow myself the privilege of calling you a fool just once a drive boss. This is that once."
  • Favor: "A man doesn’t know how a big a shadow he throws until he stands up."



Character Portrayed by
Gil Favor Eric Fleming
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Rowdy Yates Clint Eastwood
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Special Guest[]

Character Portrayed by
Jed Reston Brian Donlevy
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Character Portrayed by
Pete Nolan Sheb Wooley
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Wishbone Paul Brinegar
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Mushy James Murdock
Jim Quince Steve Raines
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Joe Scarlet Rocky Shahan
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Supporting cast[]

Character* Portrayed by
Chisera Rudolfo Acosta
Matt Reston Dick Van Patten
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Will Morton Malcolm Atterbury
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Taslatch Michael Pate
Henny Morton Jeanne Bates
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Waneea Carol Thurston
Storekeeper Sandy Kenyon
Sheriff Robert Gist

* In this episode the supporting characters were not named in the credits (Taslatch being the only exception).

Crew (and other credits)[]

Closing credits[]

  • Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
  • Written by: Fred Freiberger
  • Produced by: Charles Marquis Warren
  • Rawhide Theme Created and Composed by: Dimitri Tiomkin
  • Lyrics by: Ned Washington
  • Recorded by: Frankie Laine
  • Associate Producer: A. C. Lyles
  • Story Editor: Endre Bohem
  • Production Manager: Harry Templeton
  • Director of Photography: Philip Lathrop
  • Art Direction: Alex Golitzen & Robert Clatworthy
  • Film Editor: Roland Gross, A.C.E.
  • Assistant Director: Terence Nelson
  • Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman & Ray Jeffers
  • Sound: Leslie Carey & Vernon W. Kramer
  • Make-up: Bud Westmore
  • Hair Stylist: Larry Germaine
"Filmed at Universal-International Studios | A CBS Television Network production"