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6 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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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Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall (94 episodes, 1958-1961)

Series Directed by
Thomas Carr (26 episodes, 1958-1960)
Don McDougall (24 episodes, 1958-1960)
Murray Golden (10 episodes, 1960-1961)
George Blair (10 episodes, 1960)
Harry Harris (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
Richard Donner (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
R.G. Springsteen (5 episodes, 1959)
Arthur Hilton (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Writing credits
Norman Katkov (14 episodes, 1960-1961)
Ed Adamson (12 episodes, 1960-1961)
D.D. Beauchamp (9 episodes, 1959-1960)
John Robinson (8 episodes, 1958-1960)
Mary M. Beauchamp (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Brinkley (6 episodes, 1958-1960)
Fred Freiberger (6 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Tomerlin (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Samuel A. Peeples (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ray Buffum (3 episodes, 1959)
Wells Root (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Tony Barrett (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ellis Marcus (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Frank D. Gilroy (2 episodes, 1958)
Christopher Knopf (2 episodes, 1958)
Tom Gries (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Beaumont (2 episodes, 1959)
Robert Leslie Bellem (2 episodes, 1959)
Richard H. Landau (2 episodes, 1959)

Series Produced by
John Robinson .... producer (68 episodes, 1958-1960)
Ed Adamson .... producer (26 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Original Music by
Rudy Schrager (58 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Guy Roe (30 episodes, 1958-1959)
Frank G. Carson (13 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harry J. Wild (12 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Burke (11 episodes, 1958-1961)
Gordon Avil (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
George E. Diskant (4 episodes, 1958-1961)
Howard Schwartz (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Glen MacWilliams (4 episodes, 1959)
Carl E. Guthrie (3 episodes, 1959)
Buddy Harris (2 episodes, 1958)
Stanley Cortez (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer (10 episodes, 1959-1961)
Desmond Marquette (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Lester Orlebeck (9 episodes, 1958-1959)
Arthur Hilton (6 episodes, 1958-1960)
Sherman Todd (6 episodes, 1958-1959)
Frank Sullivan (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
J. Frank O'Neill (5 episodes, 1959-1961)
Chandler House (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
Edward A. Biery (5 episodes, 1960-1961)
Ellsworth Hoagland (4 episodes, 1959)
Elbert K. Hollingsworth (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Samuel E. Beetley (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
Joseph Silver (3 episodes, 1958)
Harry Marker (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jerry Young (3 episodes, 1960)
Milton Shifman (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Fred MacDowell (2 episodes, 1959)
Robert B. Hoover (2 episodes, 1960)
Jack Wheeler (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Casting by
Marjory McKay (90 episodes, 1958-1961)
Harvey Clermont (3 episodes, 1958)
Marvin Schnall (3 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Direction by
Bill Ross (94 episodes, 1958-1961)
Jan Van Tamelen (34 episodes, 1959-1961)
Edward C. Jewell (16 episodes, 1959-1960)
William Glasgow (10 episodes, 1960)
Russell C. Forrest (4 episodes, 1961)
Frank T. Smith (3 episodes, 1958-1961)
Edward L. Ilou (3 episodes, 1959)
Series Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi (73 episodes, 1958-1961)
Budd Friend (32 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert C. Bradfield (15 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank Wade (11 episodes, 1960-1961)
John Burton (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Patrick Delany (7 episodes, 1959-1961)
Anthony D. Nealis (6 episodes, 1960)
Alfred Kegerris (3 episodes, 1959)
Glen Daniels (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Makeup Department
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist (84 episodes, 1958-1961)
Karl Herlinger .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor / production manager (71 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lloyd Allen .... production manager (26 episodes, 1960-1961)
Norman S. Powell .... production manager / unit manager (24 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Torpin .... production manager (3 episodes, 1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barry Crane .... assistant director (16 episodes, 1958-1959)
Grayson Rogers .... assistant director (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
Mike Salamunovich .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1959-1961)
Howard Joslin .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1959)
Cy Brooskin .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1959)
Edward O. Denault .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Mike Moder .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
John C. Chulay .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960)
Bruce Fowler Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Robert Vreeland .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Marty Moss .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
William D. Faralla .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Bob White .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harry R. Sherman .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Ray Taylor Jr. .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Art Department
Harold W. Johnson .... property master (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Sound Department
Albert E. Kennedy .... sound effects (27 episodes, 1959-1960)
Verna Fields .... sound effects (25 episodes, 1960-1961)
Stephen Bass .... sound (24 episodes, 1959-1961)
James Graham .... sound effects (23 episodes, 1958-1959)
Woodruff H. Clarke .... sound (18 episodes, 1960-1961)
Bernard Freericks .... sound (16 episodes, 1958-1959)
Don Rush .... sound (14 episodes, 1959)
Earl Gille .... sound (7 episodes, 1958-1959)
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects (4 episodes, 1959)
Earl Snyder .... sound (4 episodes, 1960)
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound (2 episodes, 1958)
Tommy Thompson .... sound (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
W.D. Flick .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
Clarence Peterson .... sound (2 episodes, 1960)
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe (91 episodes, 1958-1961)
Bob Wolfe .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (72 episodes, 1958-1960)
Samuel E. Beetley .... editorial supervisor (22 episodes, 1960-1961)
Series Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music supervisor (58 episodes, 1959-1961)
Aubrey C. Lind .... music editor (52 episodes, 1959-1961)
Harry King .... music supervisor (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Other crew
Frank Baur .... production executive (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Richard Michaels .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1960)

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Additional Details

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30 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (DVD) (2007) | USA:Approved

Did You Know?

There is a modern day Mare's leg. It is made by Henry Repeating Arms.The rifle holds 5 rounds and is a joy to shoot. To begin with if using this for self defense in say a home invasion it is much easier to carry around the house with you due to its shortened size. Having a green laser mounted on it, it becomes a formidable defense gun. I do not know who came up with the idea of this weapon for the series but Henry states in its catalog that it is modeled after the WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE weapon.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Long-Lost Friend, 20 December 2013
Author: rusher-3 from United States

This show has been a favorite of mine from the time it first aired in the late fifties. As another reviewer astutely pointed out, TV westerns of the day were rife with 'gimmick' weapons such as "The Rifleman"'s "rifle", or maybe "Yancy Derringer's", umm, "Derringer". In "Wanted Dead Or Alive", the gimmick weapon-du-jour was Josh Randall's sawed-off Winchester. These "weapons" were never meant to portray reality (well, "Yancy Derringer's" Derringer may be an exception). Rather, they were meant to catch the attention of those rabid "baby boomer" kids whose parents were fortunate enough to own a television. Realistic or not, these weapons were "cool" to every "boomer" kid, and the networks were keenly aware of that fact. As such, the networks may have felt compelled to "out-weapon" one another from time to time. Few who were born after, including most all of the reviewers here who have focused on the technical inaccuracies, ambiguities, and anachronisms of Josh Randall's weapon, have meaningful first-hand insight into what any of this was about.

"MeTV" has been airing re-runs of "Wanted Dead Or Alive" for several months now. I watch it every day. To me, it has been like renewing the acquaintance of a long-lost friend. Steve McQueen's portrayal of the "benevolent bounty hunter" is so convincing, and the story lines so compelling, that you come away believing that bounty hunters were the ultimate "good guys". And as those of us "boomer kids" fondly remember, the "good guys" always won.

Steve McQueen's first big exposure in either film or television was, of course, "The Blob", the filming of which was completed long before WDOA went into production. According to IMDb, it was McQueen's performance in "The Blob" that caught the attention of Four-Star executive Dick Powell. This, in turn, resulted in McQueen's casting as Josh Randall. As I recall, it was some time after "Wanted Dead Or Alive" first aired on television that "The Blob" finally went into theatrical release. By that time, McQueen was already a "star" (at least to us "boomer" kids), and we went to the theater, not just to see "The Blob", but also to see "Josh Randall" as a "teenager". Talk about an anachronism!!

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