Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Vanishing Act 

Randall is tracking an escape artist who is forced to distract a town, letting three guys rob the bank. When Randall catches them, he turns them over to the sheriff, but they escape. Therefore, Randall must track him down again.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


John Tomerlin




Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Lawrence Dobkin ... Bartolo
Dyan Cannon ... Nicole McCready (as Diane Cannon)
Steve Darrell ... Sheriff Toole (as Stevan Darrell)
Ken Mayer ... Charlie Trace
Brad Weston Brad Weston ... Frank Decker


Josh rides into a small town as the people are leaving. He spots a show poster featuring an escape artist that is performing outside of town. He pulls out a wanted poster and with a slight mustache modification, the two posters appear to show the same man. He stops a bystander who informs him everyone is leaving town to watch the show. Josh rides out to the show where the artist Bartolo assisted by his alluring daughter Nicole McCready does simple escapes from manacles which is followed by the highlight of the show - manacled and nailed in an oak coffin he is dropped into water and must escape. Seeing the start, Josh rides back into town stealthy walking up to the bank where two men are robbing it while a third holds the horses behind the bank. Josh kills one and locks up the other two followed by the capture of Bartolo after his successful escape as the sheriff watches. Despite the sheriff's guarantee, the three men escape forcing Josh to find Bartolo again. Written by Anonymous

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26 December 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Seeing A Young Dyan Cannon Highlights This Episode
2 November 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Josh wanders into some town, sees an interesting poster advertising, "Bartolo," a Houdini- like escape artist who is going to perform some stunt. The picture of the man looks familiar to Josh, who gets out a wanted poster from his back pocket and compares it. Sure enough, with a little less hair and mustache, it's the same man: Bart McCready, wanted for murder. Lawrence Dobkin plays that man. He had a fine career on television, acting in tons of excellent shows for decades. He played "Dutch Schultz" on three episodes of "The Untouchables" as well as hundreds of other characters.

"Bartolo" has a great scam going. While he entertains the town folks, including the sheriff, on the outside of town, his partners are robbing the bank!

"Bartolo" also has a hot daughter: played by a young Dyan Cannon who was about 21 or 22 years of age and only in her second year of acting. She spelled her first name the conventional way here: "Diane." She had done a few other television shows prior to this episode. Actually, she actually looked prettier 10-15 years later with the long curly hair but she still was attractive, especially in the skimpy outfit she was wearing as her father's assistant in his escape-artist act.

Anyway, McQueen has to go to a number of lengths - including being shot and beaten - to get this guy and the episode, as a whole, was very good, and original. That's one of the many things I liked about this series: the storied varied quite a bit.

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