Originally aired January 23, 1959. Along the trail the drovers come across an overturned wagon with a wide range of passengers. They are being followed by a killer (Dan Duryea) who has a mysterious black bag and a past to go with it.
The third episode of Rawhide was "Incident With an Executioner." This episode has some notable guest stars who went on to become well known. James Drury, William Schallert and Martin Milner all became familiar faces to anyone with a TV set in the 1960s.
In this episode, passengers from a wrecked stagecoach travel along with the drive to get to the next town. A mysterious stranger named Jardin follows at a distance. It turns out that Jardin is a hired killer, stalking his victim. Each of the stagecoach passengers, and even some of the drovers, fear that they are the one for whom Jardin is gunning.
We'll see James Drury as Kenley, a brash young man who fancies himself pretty fast with a pistol. Drury's most memorable role was as the title character in The Virginian (the name of his character in that series was never revealed). That television series ran for nine years, second only to Gunsmoke and Bonanza in longevity for a western series.
Drury was born in New York City, not a place you'd expect one of TV's most recognizable cowboys to come from. He debuted April 18, 1934. His father was a marketing professor at New York University, but Drury grew up on a ranch in Oregon, where he learned to ride horses.
Drury's son Timothy is a keyboardist who has played with the Eagles and last we heard was with the British group Whitesnake.
Drury recently completed work on the soon-to-be released TV movie Billy and the Bandit. He still appears at western festivals and some of us got to meet him at a festival in Kenab, Utah in 2014. This episode is Drury's first of three visits to Rawhide.
Also making his first of three guest appearances in the series William Schallert, best known to the world as Patty Duke's father Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show. In 2004, TV Guide ranked Martin Lane at #39 in its poll of "Greatest TV Dads of All Time." Leen would want me to mention that he appeared in the original TV series The Twilight Zone and in the 1985 revival of the series. He was also in the 1983 movie version of The Twilight Zone.
Schallert was born July 6, 1922 and is still with us, despite the fact that I've twice seen newspaper accounts that he had died. According to the Internet Movie Database, he's still above the sod.
Making his lone Rawhide appearance is Martin Milner as Johnny Doan. Milner is best known as Officer Pete Malloy in the long-running police drama Adam-12. In fact, he played that character in four different series: Dragnet, Adam-12, The D.A. and Emergency! Adam-12 first in 1968 and lasted seven seasons
Born very early in life, Milner entered the world via Detroit, Michigan on December 28, 1931. His father was a film distributor and his mother was a dancer, so show biz was in his blood (not to mention the connections his father had). Milner made appearances in such films as Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). In between, his acting career was interrupted by military service in the U.S. Army. Stationed at Fort Ord, California, Milner met a young soldier who was serving as a swimming instructor. He encouraged that soldier to try his hand at acting once his military hitch was up. The swimming instructor was Clint Eastwood.
Prior to Adam-12, Milner found success in the TV series Route 66, which premiered in 1960 and cruised for four seasons.
Milner died September 6, 2015 in Carlsbad, California. He was 83.
The part of hit-man Jardin is played by Dan Duryea. Duryea seemed to specialize in playing sardonic, domineering characters, and we'll see a little of that in this episode. Like Drury and Schallert, Duryea is also making his first of three Rawhide visits. Duryea was born January 23, 1907 in White Plains, New York. He graduated from Cornell University and briefly pursued an acting career, but decided that a career in advertising would be more sensible. Unfortunately for him, the high-pressure world of advertising caused him to have a mild heart attack while he was still in his twenties. He sorted out his priorities and stuck with what made him happy: Acting.
usually playing twisted villains who taunt their victims, Duryea in
real life seemed to have been a swell guy. He married Helen Bryan in
1932 and they remained together until her death in 1967. He even served
as a scoutmaster and a member of the PTA, when he wasn't being a
scumbag onscreen. Duryea died June 7, 1968.
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He of the Title:
Dan Duryea ………………… Jardin
Those with a bad conscience:
Marguerite Chapman ……… Madge (saloon owner)
Jan Shepard ………………… Mary (singer)
James Drury ……………….. Kenley (fast gun)
Stafford Repp ……………… Frederick Vanryzin (the banker)
William Schallert …………… Salesman (of Ladies’ Undergarments)
Glenn Gordon ……………… Stagecoach Driver
Those with a not-so-bad conscience:
Martin Milner ……………… Johnny Doan (farmer)
Let the discussion begin!
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