Texas to Sedalia, Missouri 1000 miles, they do 8 miles a day. Favor introduces Scarlet as swing, Quince as flank and he rides point.
This episode contains one of the greatest "teases" in TV westerns. Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood have fallen into the hands of Indians who are outraged that one of their tribe has recently been tied to a wagon and given 15 lashes by a local rancher. We now see Fleming and Eastwood with their wrists tied around side-by-side tree trunks. They've been stripped of their shirts and their broad, suntanned backs are well positioned to receive a merciless lashing. An Indian chief takes a whip and gives it three practice swings, its cracking sound ominously hinting at the pain soon to be inflicted on the two white men. And then, at literally the very last second, an Indian ally of Fleming and Eastwood arrives to save their skins. Fleming and Eastwood are cut free. They turn to face the camera and thus give viewers a good look at their bare chests, (Fleming has a hairy one), but this can't quite compensate for the feeling that a dramatic bit of action has been promised and then not delivered.
Victor Jory and Jean Inness who played husband and wife in this episode were also married in real life for 50 years and four days.
This episode of Rawhide is unusual, perhaps unique, in that the director chose to film the baddie, Brad Morgan (Gerald Mohr), in the "film noir" style of production. For the darker kind of story that it was, this proved to be very effective. Mohr appeared in a number of "films noir" during the 1940s and 1950s, including Gilda, Undercover Girl, and Terror in the Haunted House.
Although Victor McLaglen is credited in the role of Harry Winston, he is called Harry Wittman several times during this episode.
Victor McLaglen died on November 7, 1959, a little over a month after this episode aired.
Guest star Victor McLaglen and episode director Andrew V. Mc Laglen are father and son.
This was the fourth and final credited role of Marilyn Winston.
This is the only time John Cole is credited with the role of Houk, a bounty hunter, 72 other appearances he was known as Bailey, and twice he played Indians, for a total of 75 Rawhide appearances.
This was the first of 93 episodes with William R. Thompkins. In the first 46 he was simply referred to as a drover, the last 47 he was credited as 'Toothless'.
The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "King Henry IV, Part I" (Act I, Scene II): "He will give the devil his due".
If you listen carefully you will notice the following: Neville Brand as Gaff, after robbing the Father Owens character, mistakenly calls his men Eddie and Burt, all other times (and in the credits) they are known as Eddie and Maury. Maury was the role played by James Griffith.
Why would Vance take the towel with the powder burns back to his room.
The newspaper office in Parkerton is the Blanton Chronicle
During the final portrait at the end of the episode Mushy keeps his eyes closed through the picture.
Hey Soos and Mushy were reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh complete with antlers with bells.
This episode was the last for Sheb Wooley as Pete Nolan. He was written out so that he could pursue his singing career. He would return for a few episodes in season 5.
Corporal Bennett must have gotten a posthumous promotion. He is listed as a Sargeant in the credits.
Nitpik: Poke wads up the freshly printed wanted poster. He puts it on the floor and grinds it with his boot. He then looks at it and the printing is perfect. Later when Rowdy holds it the ink is still wet!
Goof: Favor tells Harry the herd is going to Wyoming. Later Rowdy and Favor both say it's going to Denver.