Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Bounty on Josh 

Josh rides into a town looking for a man who asked him to come there for a job that pays $500. When he goes to the man's room at the hotel, Josh is shot. He must figure out who shot him but the sheriff is ordering him out of town.


Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)


Ed Adamson


Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Jean Allison ... Carol Frazer
Rhys Williams ... Doctor
Michael Greene ... Sheriff Willis (as Michael Green)
Jay Adler ... Ferris
Ric Applewhite Ric Applewhite ... Bartender
Jerry Lawrence Jerry Lawrence ... Drunk (as Jerry C. Lawrence)




Josh rides down a deserted street into the town of Holbrook on a cold windy night. After entering the hotel, he rings for the clerk before going to the stove to warm himself. The clerk from another room says they are full but Josh asks what room George Newcomb is in to which the clerk Ferris replies, "Room nine." Josh goes upstairs to the room and knocks. No one answers but suddenly he is shot and passes out in the floor. When he awakes, he is in the room of Carol Frazer who has Sheriff Willis with her. He asks Josh who shot him but Josh has no idea. Willis tells Josh he won't put up with trouble in town. He tells him to go see the doctor and leave town. Josh makes his way to the doctor who patches him up but he is unable to use his sidearm. He goes to his horse where he gets his derringer. He tries to get a drink at the saloon but the bartender refuses to serve him and he closes the saloon. Carol earlier made him an offer to return to her room so he does where things start to come ... Written by Anonymous

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The hotel is the same one used in "The Rifleman". Rhys Williams who plays the Doctor in this episode also plays Doctor Burrage in 6 episodes of "The Rifleman" just not the same Drs. Office. It's also the same town as Northfork in "The Rifleman" with a few changes. Both shows use the same filming location. See more »


Before picking up the wanted poster, Josh locks the door while holding the derringer in his left hand. Since his right hand was disabled and he was holding the gun the whole time, he could not have locked the door. See more »

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An Interesting Show
26 March 2019 | by Easygoer10See all my reviews

Anything with Steve McQueen I have to give a high rating, simply because he us "Tge King of Cool". For a teenage boy, just beciming a man, I am a tremendous fan of Steve McQueen. "Bullitt" came out in 1968; tge year befir I got my druvers livense at afe 15. I loved riding my brother's Hobda 305 "Scrambler" and espicially his Kawasaki 175cc dirt bike because it was so lightweight but nomble with a load of torque. It was the forerunner of today's dirt bikes. I would spend days rampung hills, copyobg McQueen. In fact, my 2 favirite male actors from the 20th Century are are very clear: The 1st half was James Cagney, and tge 2nd Steve McQueen. I have never seen anyone with screen presence that McQueen had. That is why he will alwsys be the "King of Cool" Anyway, "Sheriff Willis" is played by a very tall (6'6") character actor named Michael Green (later spelled "Greene") who almost 25 years on, is in 1of my favorite films ditected by William Friedkin, "To Live and Die In L.A." (1985), which is an electrifying film about a counterfitter played by Willem Dafoe, who is brilliant in the lead role of the film. Green(e) has very little screen time in this show, but it is a little better in Friedkin's film., but his career as an actor was just beginning. Jyst a little trivia for you film fans. William Friedkin directed my favorite horror film "The Exorcist" (1973) and The French Connection" (1976). "The Exorcist", Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979) and Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980) remain my top 3 horror films ever. "The Shining" is truly an epic gothic horror film. That is because Kubrick is the greatest director in history in my opinion. All 3 of these films are extremely original. Even though they are all based on books or short stories, Kubrick only used what he wanted from Stephen King's well known novel. King and his fans were upset. Too bad. Stephen King wouldn't make a.patch on Stanly Kubrick's trousers. King pouted and helped to make his own version (a very bad idea for a writer) into a made-for-TV-film. Apologies for all the digressing, but it is necessary for a real film fan, if you really want to know "movie trivia".

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25 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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