Originally aired on November 9, 1965.
Just 50 years ago this week, "The Pursuit" was the Rawhide episode that aired. In this one, Jed is sought by Marshal Hanson Dickson for murder. Jed knows about the murder charge, but he had been cleared. Rowdy is reluctant to turn Jed over Dickson, fearing that the marshal is crooked. So Dickson arrests Rowdy and turns him over to the local sheriff unless Jed gives himself up. I have no idea how this one comes out, I've never seen it.
Making his second and final Rawhide appearance is Ralph Bellamy as Marshal Hanson Dickson.
Ralph Rexford Bellamy was born June 17, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois. As soon as he finished high school, he joined a traveling troupe that performed Shakespearean plays. He made his Broadway debut in 1929 in a production of Town Boy. He moved on to films in 1931, playing a gangster in The Secret Six.
Bellamy never achieved leading-man status, though he often played the guy who gets jilted. He earned his only Oscar nomination for just such a role in the 1937 film The Awful Truth. In that movie, his character loses Irene Dunne to Cary Grant. Well, in my opinion, losing out to Cary Grant isn't so bad.
During the 1940s, he played detective Ellery Queen in four movies.
From 1949-1954, Bellamy starred as private detective Mike Barnett in the TV series Man Against Crime. Mike Barnett differed slightly from the usual fictitious private investigator. For one thing, he never carried a gun and for another, he had a good rapport with the police.
Throughout the 1950s, Bellamy made appearances on various anthology TV shows, such as General Electric Theater, The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, Playhouse 90, The Ford Television Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse, Studio One in Hollywood and The Alcoa Hour. There were others, but you get the idea. He was in demand as a character actor whenever an authority figure, doctor or sophisticated villain was needed. I liked his portrayal of an arrogant but mischievous millionaire in the 1983 Eddie Murphy movie Trading Places.
Bellamy bore a resemblance to former U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and played him three times. In 1958, Bellamy was awarded a Tony for Best Actor in a Dramatic Play for Sunrise at Campobello. He reprised his role for the movie of the same name that was released in 1960. To better prepare himself for his role as Roosevelt, Bellamy spent time at veterans hospitals, learning how to negotiate leg braces, crutches and wheelchairs.
Bellamy would play Roosevelt again in the 1983 TV miniseries The Winds of War and in the 1988-1989 miniseries War and Remembrance.
Was a regular cast member of the TV series The Eleventh Hour from 1962-1964. That series centered around a young psychologist and his two older mentors, one of whom was played by Bellamy. The series often resembled an anthology, as the guest stars were often the focus of the episodes.
Bellamy was one of the founders of the Screen Actors Guild. He served four terms as president (hey, so did FDR!) of Actors' Equity from 1952-1964. When he took over as president of Actor's Equity, McCarthyism was in full swing. Bellamy and Actor's Equity arranged acting jobs in the theater for actors who had been blacklisted by Hollywood.
Another accomplishment for Bellamy and Actor's Equity was that the organization helped establish the first pension fund for actors. Because of his dedication to his fellow actors, Bellamy received an honorary Academy Award in 1987.
Bellamy died November 29, 1991 at the age of 87.
Also making his second and final visit to Rawhide is veteran cowboy actor Jim Davis. Davis plays Sheriff Sam Jason in this one.
Davis is best remembered for his final role, that of oil patriarch Jock Ewing in the highly successful TV series Dallas from 1978-1981. He was born Marlin Davis on August 26, 1909 in Edgerton, Missouri. For his early roles, he chose the name James Davis, later shortening it to Jim Davis.
Davis began his film career in 1942 with an uncredited role Cairo. A string of low-budget movies followed, but then he got his big chance in the 1948 film Winter Meeting, opposite Bette Davis. Unfortunately, James Davis received harsh reviews for his work in the movie, most critics saying that he lacked the experience to be cast opposite Bette Davis.
By the 1950s, he found work in television, narrating and starring in Stories of the Century as Matt Clark, and old west lawman. The series lasted one season from 1954-1955. He would land a role on another TV series in 1958 with Rescue 8, a series that ran for two seasons. In between, he constantly found work on TV, mostly westerns. His gravelly, drawling voice was well-suited to such roles.
Davis appeared in 12 episodes of Death Valley Days and 11 episodes of Gunsmoke. He also appeared in Bonanza, Laramie, Wagon Train, Daniel Boone, Perry Mason, Branded, The High Chaparral, The Virginian and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. I liked him in his role as Marshal Bill Winter in the short-lived TV series The Cowboys, based on the John Wayne movie of the same name. I must have been the only one watching that show, as it only lasted 12 episodes.
Davis had married Blanche Hammerer in 1945 and the two remained married until his death in 1981. The couple had one child, Tara Diane, who died in an automobile accident in 1970 at the age of 17.
As mentioned earlier, his best-known role was that of Jock Ewing on Dallas. Davis was very close to Victoria Principal (who played his daughter-in-law in the series) because she bore a resemblance to his deceased real-life daughter. When Davis was buried, a photo of his daughter Tara and a photo of Principal were placed in his pocket.
During the fourth season of Dallas, Davis was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He continued acting on the series as long as he could. As his illness worsened, he was usually seen sitting down and wore a hairpiece to cover the hair loss he suffered through chemotherapy. Eventually, his character was written out of the series as having gone to South America to drill for oil. The producers of the series considered re-casting the role of Jock Ewing with another actor but decided against it. Instead, they killed off the character of Jock Ewing as having died in a helicopter crash.
Davis passed away April 26, 1981.