Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Bad Gun 

Against better judgment after losing a quick draw contest and bet, Josh serves as guide for a dandified East Coast gun salesman who comes west to retrieve and replace a defective gun he sold to notorious outlaw Curly Bill Brocius.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
King Donovan ... Sheridan Appleby
Harry Bellaver ... Curly Bill Brocius
Jackie Russell ... Cynthia Clyborn
Steve Darrell ... Sheriff Simmons (as Stevan Darrell)
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ... Bartender
Jack Ging ... Royer
Jeff Daley Jeff Daley ... Tobin


Josh is playing cards with Sheriff Simmons when the stage arrives in Metcalf carrying the beautiful Cynthia Clyborn and easterner Sheridan Appleby. After Sheridan bids farewell to Cynthia he finds the sheriff to ask about the location of Curly Bill Brocius. At first the sheriff thinks he is curious because of a recent holdup by Curly Bill but Sheridan persists saying he needs to find Curly Bill. The sheriff leaves as Cynthia enters to go into the ladies dining room which catches Josh's attention as Sheridan greets Cynthia. They go to the bar where Josh learns Sheridan is a gun salesman who sold a defective gun to Curly Bill which he wants to retrieve. He asks Josh to guide him to Curly Bill but Josh declines the offer of $100. Sheridan raises the pay to $200 and challenges Josh to a quick draw contest. If Sheridan wins, Josh guides him to which Josh agrees but loses the bet. On the trail they hear gunshots finding a stage with a dead driver as Sheridan realizes more than Josh what ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William "Curly Bill" Brocius (c. 1845-1882), the character portrayed by Harry Bellaver, was a historical figure, an outlaw and member of the band of outlaws called "The Cowboys" that operated in and around the Tombstone and southern Arizona region during the early 1880s. See more »


Curly Bill Brocious was 37 years old when he died. Harry Bellaver, who plays him in this show, was 54, a common theme in 50's and 60's TV westerns; having expert gunmen being older men. See more »


Sheridan Appleby: You know, Mr. Randall, I've been thinking. I've sold many bad guns in my life every time I've done business with a man like Mr. Brocius.
Josh Randall: Well, it's not that the guns are so bad, y'know, it's the people who use 'em.
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A Somewhat Honorable Gun Salesman
25 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

King Donovan isn't a name that is familiar, but his face and voice certainly are as you would discover watching this second-season episode. He plays a nerdy-looking seller of guns to goes to find a killer to whom he had sold a bad gun. Being an honest businessmen (except he didn't care who he sold guns to), he wanted to get the defective gun back and exchange it with a dependable one. He didn't care if it was risky. It was just good business, and the right thing to do.

Josh Randall enters the picture accidentally. After losing a bet to the quick draw "Mr. Appleby" (Donovan), Randall has to accompany the gun salesman to the killer's hideout. "Mr. Appleby" wasn't dumb; he knew he could use some help because the man he was going to see had a very bad reputation.

Playing the villain, by the way, is another familiar face from 1950s and 1960s television: Harry Bellaver, who starred on "Naked City." Here, Harry plays "Curley Bill."

Despite the interesting actors, not much happens in this episode until the final few minutes. It's not boring but it's certainly not edge-of-your-seat stuff, either. It was a "so-so" episode.

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