Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Angels of Vengeance 

A blindly obedient religious cult cast lots and it falls upon a young woman to act as its angel of vengeance. Her mission is to murder Josh Randall in retaliation for his killing their cult leader's drunk son in a shootout.


R.G. Springsteen

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
John Dehner ... Abraham Saxon
Eduard Franz ... Isaac Rankin
Rachel Ames ... Sarah Buchanan (as Judith Ames)
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... John Evans (as Bob Nichols)
Robert Griffin ... Eustace Branley (as Bob Griffin)


A ceremony is being held in the Valley of Angels church led by Abraham Saxon. The Angels have met with the young members drawing lots to see who will provide vengeance for the death of the leader's son Virgil. When one Angel is harmed, by their law, another is picked to avenge them. Sarah Buchanan is selected so Abraham hands her a rifle with orders to not return until the blood of the killer - Josh Randall - is on her hands. She will find him in Copper City. In Copper City Sarah dressed as a man watches as Josh teases kids playing and enters the general store owned by Eustace Branley. Josh has ordered ammo in preparation to leave and is stocking up on supplies. Josh leaves for the barbershop. As the barber lays him back in the chair, Sarah fires missing him. She races into the livery with Josh outside telling the shooter to come out with hands and gun up in the air. Instead she rides out knocking Josh to the ground but in losing her hat exposes she is a woman. Josh catches her ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 April 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Josh Randall: Tell me somethin'. Does it make sense to you, me ridin' out here to talk to this man?
Isaac Rankin: Oh, yes. However, the logic of the world doesn't seem to apply anymore in the Valley of the Angels.
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One Bad Angel
17 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

In the small and beautiful "Valley Of The Angels," a misguided leader, of a "religious sect" vows vengeance on his son that was killed. Straws are drawn to see who goes into Copper City and kills the man who murdered his son. Sarah Buchanan, a sweet young woman, draws the assignment. Some try to talk the leader, "Abraham Saxon," out of it, quoting the Bible that it is written "to love your enemies," but Saxon is bent on vengeance. In fact, it turns out all of the people are peaceful, like the Amish, and want no problems but unlike the real-life Amish, they allow this violent man to take over their community.

Sarah rides into town and unsuccessfully tries to shoot Randall and then is captured by our hero. Josh finds out why she was trying to shoot him and decides to ride back with her and clear this mess up. He doesn't want people trying to kill him. By the way, it was nice to see wholesome actresses like Rachel Ames, who played Sarah. (She is listed as "Judith Ames" on the ending credits.) This lady has been married to same man since 1968, too. In Hollywood, that's a rarity.

Anyway, Sarah and Josh ride back to the Valley and it proves dangerous. There is some pretty good suspense with this episode.

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