Intro--Gil Favor: "Pointing 'em north, most things you can calculate – your men, for instance. You know what to expect. But there's one thing you can't calculate on – the people who cross your trail. The thousand ways they can make their troubles yours. You find that out real quick in my job. My name's Gil Favor, Trail Boss."
Amelia Spaulding is a woman of class whose husband was killed and she was terrorized by Indians. Rowdy befriends her but after learning the dead Indians outside her cabin are known a peaceful tribe Favor and Pete are suspicious.
The 16th episode of Rawhide was "Incident of the Misplaced Indians." Don't you hate it when you misplace your Indians? The Indians probably don't like it, either. Anyway, while scouting ahead, Rowdy finds two dead Indians lying outside of a house. Inside, he finds a woman who appears to be traumatized by something that has happened. She softly sings the hymn Rock of Ages. They eventually learn that her name is Amelia Spaulding. As is often the case with women found along the trail, Favor offers to get her to a nearby fort. But she doesn't want that to happen.
We'll see Kim Hunter making her only Rawhide appearance as Amelia Spaulding. Hunter was born Janet Cole on November 12, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. Her father was a consulting engineer, but he died when Kim was just three years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, had performed as a concert pianist.
As a child, Hunter was quiet and shy but overcame her inhibitions through drama. A student at the Pasadena Playhouse, she was appearing in a 1942 production of Arsenic and Old Lace when she was spotted by a talent scout. She signed with David O. Selznick's company, and it was Selznick who suggested that she change her name to Kim. Then one of the secretaries at RKO Studios suggested that she change her last name to Hunter.
In December 1947, she played Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. She received the Critics Circle and Donaldson awards for her role. Some years later, Irene Mayer Selznick (who was now David's ex-wife), recommended that Kim reprise her role of Stella in the 1951 movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire. That proved to be a wise move, as Hunter won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. When the Academy Awards presentation was held, Hunter was in New York rehearsing for her role in The Chas. So Bette Davis accepted the award on Hunter's behalf, although the two had never met.
She was blacklisted for films and television despite the fact that she had never claimed to have Communist views. What got her in hot water were her signature on several civil rights petitions and she was a sponsor of the 1949 World Peace Conference in New York City. In 1962, she testified before the New York Supreme Court against the publishers of Red Channels, a tract that made accusations that the film industry was being taken over by Communists. Her testimony helped to clear many actors and film personnel who had been unjustly accused of having ties to Communism.
One role for which I'll always remember Hunter was when she played an ape named Zira in the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes and again in 1970 in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
With all that ape make-up on, one could see only her eyes so she
wasn't recognizable. Still, it must have been a challenge to convey
expressions under the fake hair and ape lips.
I thought this was kind of funny: In the 1999 film Blue Moon,
Hunter plays the mother of Richard Kiley's character. What's amusing
is, in real life Kiley was eight months older than Hunter!
Hunter passed away September 11, 2002 in New York City. She was 79.
There is a bit of a connection in this story to the movie Psycho (1961). As I already mentioned, Kim Hunter appeared in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace. To avoid a spoiler, I'll only say that a jar of arsenic is involved in this episode, and y'all may remember that, in Psycho,
Norman Bates had used arsenic to murder his mother and her lover. Not
only that, but Virginia Gregg is in this one, and she provided the voice
of Norma Bates in Psycho (when Norman was supposedly speaking as his deceased mother). She also provided that same creepy voice in Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986). All three times, she was uncredited. There ain't no justice in this country!
This is Virginia Gregg's first of three Rawhide appearances. She was born March 6, 1916 in Harrisburg, Illinois. She is remembered for such films as Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) and Operation Petticoat (1959). But I remember her as that familiar actress who kept turning up on the Dragnet TV series. She was in 10 episodes of the series' original incarnation during the 1950s, then appeared in 13 more episodes during its revival in the 1960s. Gregg plays Clarissa Gray in this episode.
We'll see Lyle Talbot as Dr. Otis Gray. Talbot was a dashing leading man in a lot of 'B' movies during the 1930s and 1940s. Back in those days, actors were subjected to grueling schedules and strict suspension clauses in the fine print of their contracts. So Talbot, along with other Warner Brothers contract players such as James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis, became an advocate for better working conditions for actors. Not only was Talbot one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, he was its last surviving charter member.
I thought this was cool: He is believed to be the only actor to have played both lead characters in different productions of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple during the 1960s. At various times he was either Felix Unger or Oscar Madison. Now that's versatile acting!
And in case you think Talbot was just a stuffy, boring old actor, check out what he said about his days in Hollywood: "You kids think you invented free love in the '60s. You have no idea what it was like to be young and beautiful in the '30s in Hollywood. Everyone was sleeping with everyone." So there you have it; sex existed prior to 1967. Who knew?
Talbot died March 2, 1996 at the age of 94 in San Francisco, California.
Making his first of three Rawhide visits is Richard Hale as the mysterious Mr. Moon. With his high cheekbones and rugged features, he was often cast as Indians, as we see here. His high water marks appear to have been in his movie appearances. He was the soothsayer who warned Caesar "Beware the Ides of March!" in Julius Caesar (1953). He also played Nathan Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
Keep an eye out for Rodd Redwing. He doesn't have any lines and he appears for about 20 seconds as a dying Indian. It's a pity that this is his only Rawhide appearance, because he's quite the interesting fellow. Redwing was a full-blooded Chickasaw Indian, despite being born in New York City on August 24, 1904. He acted in some stage productions in his twenties, then served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant during World War II.
resumed acting after the war. He was not only an actor, but often a
stunt double and technical advisor. Throughout his career he was a
gunsmith with Stembridge Gun Rentals, the largest and best-known gun
rental company in Hollywood. Redwing advised filmmakers on how to make
more realistic gun battles. Remember that scene in Shane (1953)
when Elisha Cook's character gets gunned down by Jack Palance? It was
Redwing who came up with the idea to attach wires to a chest harness
Cook would wear under his clothing. When Cook was "shot," the wires
jerked him backward, simulating the impact of a .44-caliber slug hitting
a man in the chest.
Redwing was quite fast with a gun himself. He was known to be able to draw a pistol from a holster and fire it in two-tenths of a second. Actors such as Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Clayton Moore, Ronald Reagan and even Jerry Lewis were coached in the use of firearms by Redwing. He also designed the rapid-fire rifle used by Chuck Connors in the TV series The Rifleman.
Quite the showman, Redwing performed a stunt in which he would throw a knife, then draw and fire a pistol and the knife would stick on the edge of the bullet hole. Although this was an illusion, it was still popular with audiences.
Redwing succumbed to a heart attack on May 30, 1971 in Los Angeles, California.
Kim Hunter …………… Amelia Spaulding (America’s Worst Cook)
Lyle Talbot …………… Dr. Otis Gray
Virginia Gregg ………… Clarissa Gray
Richard Hale ………… Mr. Moon
Rodd Redwing ………… Indian
Robert Carson ………… Captain Brandon
Milan Smith …………… Kyle Jeffers (drover)
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