Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

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After getting offered the chance to star in The Magnificent Seven (1960), McQueen found out that the only way he could do the film, which was being shot simultaneously with "Wanted: Dead or Alive", was to fake an accident or illness and get a medical leave from the series. According to his first wife, Nellie, McQueen accomplished this feat by "faking" a car crash in which he merely crashed his car into a tree, receiving minor cuts, muscle pulls, and bruises, and getting his medical leave. The series' production went on temporary hiatus while McQueen filmed "The Magnificent Seven". See more »

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Great Western Among the Greats of that Era
25 March 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Wanted: Dead or Alive was an awesome western, back in a golden era of western TV series that featured such great shows as Have Gun, Will Travel, Cheyenne, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Maverick, and other classics.

I always like this show because Josh Randall was usually alone, and he had to count on his wits and instincts a lot more than other similar characters. Josh Randall, Cheyenne Bodie, Palladin, and Luke McCain were the toughest characters of the old west.

Randall was probably more similar to Palladin, in that they were both hired guns, unlike Cheyenne and Lucas McCain, who were usually working within the law, assisting their Marshal friends, or just coming across injustice by accident. In that sense, who was more interesting? Palladin often tried to teach his clients a lesson of some kind, and he was a sort of Zen Master of the Hired Gun.

Randall on the other hand, was a Zen Master of getting the job done. He just went straight up against all the odds, and he was usually getting bushwhacked or dealing with people who were at least as smart as he was. Perhaps because his character took people at their word, and wanted to believe they were honest, Randall often was exposed to danger more than Palladin, who was a much more cynical character.

The TV episodes were sometimes a bit choppy in the way they told a story, but this was the 1950s, and they were showcasing a great actor, who carried every episode on his shoulders and usually delivered an entertaining product.

Even today, over fifty years later, Randall and his personality can reach a modern audience, and that is because Steve McQueen was a real person, a great actor, and someone that put his spirit and energy into every role.


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