Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Fatal Memory 

When phony wanted posters put a price on the head of a retired Confederate officer, Colonel Sykes' daughter summons Josh Randall to help keep the bounty hunters at bay while also uncovering the person behind the bogus posters.


Thomas Carr


Don Brinkley


Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Gloria Talbott ... Jody Sykes (as Gloria Talbot)
Ralph Moody ... Victor Flam
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Willie Jo Weems (as Victor Perrin)
Russell Thorson ... Col. Sykes
Joan Banks Joan Banks ... Clara Hood


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Josh Randall rides into Fort Considine, a deserted military camp. All soldiers left some years ago, except the retired Colonel Sykes and his daughter Jody. Sykes has sent a telegram to Josh, asking him for help. Someone has spread a poster announcing 1000 dollars in reward for Colonel Sykes, dead or alive, but the poster is a fake. The man who made the poster obviously wants some bounty hunter to kill Sykes, instead of doing it himself. After some investigation among printers in the area, Josh finds out who printed the poster. The printer says he was forced to do it by a man called Ben Hood. Josh had met Ben during the war. He deserted from the army to get married. In a trial he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for desertion, on a proposal by Colonel Sykes. But Josh finds out that Ben Hood died 10 months ago in jail, so he cannot be the one behind the poster. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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The second time Josh goes to the fort, he makes a half-hearted attempt to tie his horse to a railing and the reins end up loosely hanging over the railing. A couple minutes later, the reins are securely tied. See more »


Clara Hood: You might interfere, Mr. Randall. That's why my brother's going to kill you now.
Josh Randall: I was wondering when you'd get around to that.
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Writer Don Brinkley and the Civil War
16 May 2019 | by ebertipSee all my reviews

Don Brinkley (known for Trapper John) also explored a Civil War theme in 1958 in the case for Dr. Mudd on Desilu Playhouse.

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13 September 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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