Our pic for today takes another look at the Rawhide episode “The Book,” first airing on January 8, 1965. Pop Starke (Pat Hingle) is trying the patience of Carl Hatcher, the villain (big surprise, eh?).
Hingle was a familiar presence in films and on television from the 1950s all the way up until his death in 2009. He seemed to be equally adept at playing good guys and bad guys. His rascally personality gave a likeable edge even to his villains. He almost died in the late 1950s when he took a 50-foot plunge down an elevator shaft while attempting to escape a stalled elevator in his apartment building.