Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

Wanted: Dead 

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Bat seeks to collect a loan given to a reformed gunman who is now a rancher. In order to get his money he must save the man from a trigger-happy sheriff who believes the man is guilty of murder due to a witness's story.


William Conrad


Richard O'Connor (book), Gene Levitt


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Bat Masterson
John Dehner ... Sheriff
Bethel Leslie ... Mildred Conrad
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Fred Sanders
John Archer ... Jim
Dabbs Greer ... Will
Dennis Moore ... Tom
John Moloney John Moloney ... Posse Member
Wayne Burson Wayne Burson ... Posse Member


Bat arrives by stage in Great Falls, Montana to collect $5000 plus interest from Fred Sanders a reformed gunman turned rancher. At the hotel a snooty desk clerk is reluctant to help Bat who is to meet Fred there. The Sheriff interrupts to ask Bat's business but Bat says it is personal. He is told that Fred is wanted for murdering a greenhorn the previous night. Bat talks to Jim, the blacksmith and friend, who tells him he thinks Fred is guilty. Bat corners the desk clerk who supposedly saw the shooting but in reality did not. The local music teacher Mildred Conrad was seen coming from Fred's room after the shot. Bat confronts Mildred who confirms Fred is innocent but she refuses to talk to preserve her reputation. Bat joins the posse which thinks Fred is cornered by a flood in a box canyon but he has returned to town on them. He is spotted in town so when Bat and Jim go to wake the Sheriff his nightmare explains partly why is so determined to shoot Fred on sight. It is up to Bat to ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the instructions from a reward poster "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and the name of another TV western starring Steve McQueen. See more »


Narrator: Great Falls, Montana. Sometimes it's very unpleasant to collect a personal debt. Sometimes it takes a man out of his way and into the kind of adventure that colored the life of Bat Masterson, the man who became a legend in his own time.
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