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

A dying man offers Josh $2000 to find his son, who ran away from home 15 years ago. The only real identification is a broach the boy took from his mother. Josh follows the trail to a deputy who believes he knows the missing man.


Arthur Hilton (as Arthur D. Hilton)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Ed Kemmer ... Adam Smith / William Davis (as Edward Kemmer)
John Litel ... Clint Davis
Don Kennedy Don Kennedy ... Marc
John Anderson ... Deputy Sheriff Fix
Maxine Cooper ... Constance Howard
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Dr. Parks (as Thomas B. Henry)
George Eldredge ... Sheriff


Josh is taken at gunpoint to the ranch owned by Clint Davis. There he is told by Dr. Parks that Davis will explain why. Because Davis is blind and dying he wants Josh to find his son who ran away fifteen years earlier because Davis and the son fought with each other. He is willing to pay Josh $2000 for the job. Josh accepting the task asks how he can identify the son. Because the son will have changed so much the only ID Davis can think of is a black brooch surrounded with garnets the son took that belonged to his mother he loved. Josh using the last lead Davis had heads to Summitville where he directed by the Sheriff to Graingerville. He stops at the sheriff's office where Deputy Fix tells Josh he may know the missing son. Fix offers to bring the son to Josh at the hotel. Fix and a friend Marc ride out to a man known as Adam Smith, a prospector. After admitting his identity and showing them the brooch, Fix shoots him. Jason unknowingly brings back Marc as the missing son but there ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Great Imposter?
5 January 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

John Litel is not a name that many people would know but he's one of the many faces of the 1950s and '60s television shows that is very familiar. He had a ton of TV roles in the '50s and he usually played very tough guys. His resume of films in the 1940s is a long one and includes a few famous movies, although most are pretty unknown. (I counted about 90 roles in 1940s movies!)

In this episode, he plays a blind, bed-ridden dying man named "Clint Davis" who offers Josh Randall $2,000 if he can find his son, who had run away from home when he was 15. The dying dad wants to atone for his years of mean treatment to his kid......so Josh has to go looking for him.

The sheriff of the town and his deputy also try to help Josh. The sheriff is played by John Anderson, a tall and lanky guy you also you saw a million times on TV back in this period.. Although rarely in the old days of TV and movies do you find the sheriff a bad guy, you just know there is something wrong with this guy if Eldredge is playing him, because he was almost always a villain.. That's all I'll say, not wanting to ruin the story, which is a decent one and will have you in suspense.

Note: Famous feature film actor George Kennedy has an uncredited bit part in this episode.

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