Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Hostage 

Who needs enemies with friends like the residents of Rogue City, who celebrate Randall for bringing in notorious killer Jumbo Kane, but just as quickly turn on Josh when Kane breaks loose and demands a hostage to ensure his escape.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


Don Brinkley

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Alexander Scourby ... Judge Coogan
Marcia Henderson ... Julie Taggert
Lee Van Cleef ... Jumbo Kane
Joe Conley ... Henry Jackson
Michael Fox ... Bartender Tom
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Sheriff Taggert


Josh rides into the town Rogue City leading Jumbo Kane who he captured for the $1000 bounty on his head after escaping from jail. He was sentenced to hang by Judge Coogan. Sheriff Taggert takes custody of Jumbo while telling his daughter Julie to send a telegraph message to authorize payment of the bounty. Several local men have come out including the Judge and clerk Henry Jackson to congratulate Josh for capturing Jumbo alive. As they walk away from the sheriff's office they hear multiple gunshots. Jumbo appears in the doorway of the office holding up Sheriff Taggert. He demands a fast horse and free passage in return for the wounded sheriff. Julie starts to deliver a horse when Josh shoos the horse away. Meanwhile, inside Jumbo checks the sheriff who is in fact dead. He then demands another hostage but no one wants to volunteer other than Julie. The Judge then volunteers Josh at gunpoint who is not surprised. The town is less interested in his life than that of the sheriff. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Steve McQueen and Lee Van Cleef only time acting together. Two of film and TV all time real life tough guys. See more »


Judge Coogan: Now how often does a foot scrapin' bounty man get a chance to die a hero's death?
Julie Taggert: A martyr's death. There's a difference.
Bartender Tom: Being a martytr's better than being a bounty hunter.
Julie Taggert: Being alive is better than being dead.
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Always fun to watch
26 October 2016 | by milliondollarbillSee all my reviews

Seeing great actors like Lee Van Cleef and the character actors on these shows and movies that most people can't even name.

More talent than 10 added together in todays movies and TV shows.

That one scene towards the end where Steve McQueen jump and flies through the air wrapping his legs around Van Cleef to knock him to the ground since his hands were tied behind him sure looked real and not stunt men.

And of course McQueen was a pip squeak back then and Van Cleef towered over him but it actually looked perfect and I can't imagine those two doing that over and over to get it right.

Funny how Hollywood has always worked........Lee Van Cleef was the better actor than McQueen but it always depends on who are handed the best parts and told by Hollywood who THEY say is the best.

Now we get a tiny Tom Cruise flying through the air catching bullets in his teeth and smiling at the same time.......and getting a half billion dollars doing that.

Thank God for the classic actors like Lee Van Cleef and Charles Bronson......and that we still get to watch them on TV.

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