Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Long Search 

A Japanese woman travels to the U.S. to find an American man who proposed to her in Japan and hires Josh to find him since no one will help her in her search. Josh is confronted by the Japanese man to whom she had been promised.


Murray Golden


Norman Katkov


Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Linda Wong ... Yoshika Nakamura
Lynette Bernay Lynette Bernay ... Kitty (as Lynn Bernay)
Dale Ishimoto ... Taro Yamamoto
Robert Kenneally Robert Kenneally ... Bill Timmons
William Eben Stephens ... Frank
Stanley Clements ... Krebs
Olan Soule ... Clerk (as Olan Soulé)


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Josh is in the Broken Wheel Saloon buying a bottle of whiskey for him and his girlfriend, Kitty, who is irritated with Josh. Josh returned late from Placer City for a date with Kitty. As Josh tries to smooth over the situation with Kitty, the bartender interrupts them to whisper to Josh that he has a visitor - a beautiful Japanese woman in a traditional kimono. As Kitty storms off irate again, the woman introduces herself as Yoshika Nakamura. She was asked in Japan by a man, Bill Timmons, to marry her but he left she assumes to return to his home at Placer City. She has been to Placer City but no one will tell her where Timmons is. She wants to hire Josh to find him. Josh tries to back out saying he hunts wanted men. Her reply - she wants Timmons. Josh decides to take her to Placer City hoping he will have better luck. On the way he learns various facets about her life, training, and ceremonies. In Placer City he learns someone is also looking for her - from Japan. Written by Anonymous

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A Little Slow
16 March 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Although not terrible, this was not one of the better episodes in Season Three of this fine old western. It really was kind of boring, which is very unusual for Wanted: Dead Or Alive.

One-third (eight minutes) of the show are taken up with an Asian woman just shooting the bull with Josh Randall while the two had a picnic. They had taken a break in a two-day ride to find a man she was looking for: a guy who promised to marry her. Linda Wong was very effective as the sympathetic "Yoshika Nakamura."

The poor lady has high hopes but you just know this guy got cold feet and split. Yoshika is paying series star "Josh Randall" (Steve McQueen) money to find him. Josh knows this isn't going to wind up with a happy ending. To complicate matters, a samurai-type warrior enters the picture. He had high hopes for her, and doesn't want to face the romantic music either (that she doesn't love him.) Kudos to the show for at least using two Asian actors in Asian, not something often seen in classic-era films or TV shows.

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15 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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