Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Six-Up to Bannach 

Josh needs to get his wounded prisoner to Bannach in three days to prevent an innocent man from hanging. His only option is a stagecoach carrying dynamite but Josh is willing to take the risk against the wishes of the driver.

Director:

Thomas Carr

Writer:

John Robinson
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
James Best ... Luke Perry
Sam Buffington ... Abb Crawford
Stacy Harris ... John Gillette

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Storyline

Josh needs a ride to Bannach fast in order to stop an unjust hanging. His prisoner, John Gillette, is alive and the man who was supposedly murdered. Josh needs to get him to Bannach to prove he is alive. Gillette is wounded so he can't ride on horseback. He needs to be there by noon on Friday three days away. The only mode of transportation available is a stagecoach carrying a load of dynamite with a surly driver, Luke Perry, who doesn't take well to Josh. He reluctantly agrees to allow Josh and his prisoner to travel with them after Josh explains the situation. Besides Perry driving the stagecoach slowly to be safe, there are a number of obstacles on the way to slow them down...a river to pass, a washed out bridge and a prisoner who doesn't want to cooperate. Written by tomtrekp

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Goofs

Dynamite is an absorbent material (usually diatomaceous earth) soaked in nitroglycerine. It can only be set off with a blasting cap. Dropping it, banging it, or going over a bump in the road will not (contrary to the driver's belief) make it explode. For that to happen, the dynamite has to have laid around for some time so that the nitroglycerine leaks (there being at least one infamous example of this in Western history). In short, the writer created a situation that would not have occurred in real life. See more »

Quotes

Josh Randall: [Points the Mare's Leg at Gillette, who's sitting by the stacked crates of TNT] Don't make me kill ya, mister.
John Gillette: [Nonplussed] You got any idea what would happen if you pull that trigger? A bullet hit these boxes they'd have to bury us all in gunny sacks.
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Attitudes
29 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A so-so episode with Josh needing to transport a prisoner to a town called Bannach within three days or an innocent man - a friend of his - will be unjustly hanged. Randall can't make it with the old buckboard transportation he has and the prisoner has a wounded leg, bad enough so he can't ride a horse.

Along comes a stagecoach and Randall bums a ride on that, although the driver is reluctant to help. One reason is that he's a crabby jerk and the other is that he's transporting a load of dynamite and can't rush things. He resents Randall from the start, overdoing the hostile attitude. In fact, his attitude really gets annoying after awhile. Nonetheless, the two do work together to try to beat the deadline. On the way, they encounter several major obstacles.

The end of the story has a big twist. In all, this is a "fair" episode that would have been a little more entertaining without the hostile attitude of the stagecoach driver.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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