Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Josh brings in "Doc" Phillips hoping he can lure Clell Fanning out as he has an old score to settle with Clell. He is shot by one of Clell's henchman and he must rely on the deputy, Jason Nichols, who takes over after the Sheriff is killed.


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D.D. Beauchamp (teleplay), Mary M. Beauchamp (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Sean McClory ... 'Doc' Phillips
Barry Kelley ... Sheriff John Holmes
Pierre Watkin ... Dr. Bowers
Wright King ... Jason Nichols


On a cold blustery night Josh brings in 'Doc' Phillips to Sheriff John Holmes' office in Virginia City. Holmes tells Josh that the $100 bounty on Phillips for holding illegal money was small potatoes for Josh. Josh responds that Phillips is the lure to catch a bigger fish - Clell Fanning who has a $5000 bounty on his head for bank robbery and murder. Problem is that Josh doesn't know what Fanning looks like. Holmes' Deputy, Jason Nichols, is new to the work and very curious about Josh's profession and methods. Josh tells Jason that Fanning killed a friend of his which he hasn't forgotten. The Sheriff gets a message that Fanning has men coming for Phillips so he has Jason and Josh clear the streets of all civilians. That evening Josh, Jason, and Holmes stand watch waiting for the four men who arrive to break Phillips out. The four outlaws are killed but the Sheriff is killed while Josh is severely wounded. It is left to Jason to protect the town from Fanning as he learns the ropes of ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Introduced Josh's sometime partner, Jason Nichols. See more »


The bars of the city jail where Jason Nichols (Wright King) is deputy sheriff are spaced wide enough for a normal sized person to squeeze through sideways. A slim person would have no problem at all. See more »


Metcalfe: You're only here in a temporary capacity. And there's going to be an election coming up soon!
Jason Nichols: I know it. And I'm going to write your name as candidate for sheriff. I hope you win it.
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Jason: a potential pivot for Wanted?
18 April 2019 | by ebertipSee all my reviews

Jason's references to things his father taught him evoke Maverick's "pappyisms." And Josh is going to teach Jason bounty hunting. A potential pivot to a show without McQueen. Wright King had previously appeared in Wanted as a dullard hillbilly in the show in which Josh resolved a feud. McClory is well cast in the Jason episode.

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