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

A man with unwavering faith in a legend about lost treasure hires Josh to lead his family on an expedition into the desert to locate the cache of Spanish gold. His method of getting Josh may be fatal to Josh and the family.


Thomas Carr


Tony Barrett

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Victor Jory ... Sam McGarrett
Kenneth Tobey ... Vince Slater
Warren Oates ... Billy Clegg (as Warren Oats)
Nan Leslie ... Beth McGarrett
Roy Barcroft ... George Belden
Michael Landon ... Clay McGarrett


As Josh mounts his horse to leave town Billy Clegg pulls a gun and tells Josh to dismount hands free. Josh does so but is able to jump and knock out Clegg. In Clegg's hat he finds a wanted poster wanting Josh dead or alive for $1000 by Sam McGarrett. Josh rides to McGarrett's home at Dos Mesas, New Mexico where he finds Sam wants him for his expertise to lead his family to a lost gold treasure in a desert Josh knows. The treasure was on a ship that became locked inland after a seismic event. Josh turns down the offer but when Sam raises the pay to $5000 Josh signs on. Sam wants to take his daughter Beth and son Clay with them although Josh advises against taking Beth. Meanwhile, Clegg and his bounty hunter partner Vince Slater head for Dos Mesas as well to track down Josh. It becomes obvious Beth won't last so they drop her off with Josh's friend George Belden. Clegg and Slater track Josh to Belden's place who unknowingly sends them after Josh and the McGarretts. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 March 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Josh Randall: Y'know that boy of yours, he's quite a man.
Sam McGarrett: Well, I think I better tell him so myself.
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Searching For Mexican Gold
6 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is an odd story. Josh is hired to find Mexican gold in the desert.

The story starts with some punk trying to shoot Randall, but Josh subdues him. He finds a wanted poster - $1,000 for Josh Randall, wanted by Sam McGarrett - inside the guy's hat. The thug (and a partner) aren't bounty hunters, just some greedy guys who want money. Anyway, Josh investigates and finds out McGarrett (Victor Jory) just made up the poster to so that someone would bring Randall to him. Josh has a good reputation and the man wants to hire him. It seems a Mexican boat full of gold 100 years ago had big problems and the gold wound up in the desert.

McGarrett keeps upping the ante until he gives Randall an offer he can't refuse, $5,000 to lead them to a cave where the gold supposedly is stashed.

Josh, the old man, his son (played by Michael Landon!) and daughter head out into the desert. The woman wimps out early on so they leave here at some ranch and the three of them go on. There is tension between the father and the son, one of those deals where the kid can never measure up in the father's eyes. You just know that will change by the end of the episode.

The final part is action-packed as the good guys are followed by the thug and his partner and are ambushed. How they fare, and whether they got the gold.....you'll have to watch.

Overall, nothing super but a decent episode and a different-kind of story. Warren Oates is also in here but they didn't put the "e" on the end of his name on the ending credits. I guess Oats is more appropriate for a western!

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