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Barney's Bounty 

Josh rides to Barney Durant's horse business to rent a couple of horses right after Barney pushes his son David to leave. When Josh's 2 bounty prisoners escape taking 2 horses from his horse trader friend, he helps in tracking them down.

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(as Richard D. Donner)

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(as Sumner Long),
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Jonathan Bolt ...
David Durant
Alan Austin ...
Rake Barton (as Al Austin)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ...
Sy Benton (as Vince Deadrick)
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Frank Garth (as William Hart)
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Bartender Mitch
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Barney Durant (as Noah Beery)
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David Durant is in the Cantina in a showdown with a man at the bar. David is obviously scared as the man calls for another drink before he handles David. David's father Barney with a rope around his shoulder enters. He walks to the bar ordering a beer in a stern voice. As the man finishes his drink, Barney hits him with the rope and smashes his gun hand with his beer glass. He tells the man David is his son and walks out taking David's gun. At home he tells "Davy" it is time for him to leave home to create his own life or he is going to be killed. As David walks to the stage, Josh rides past him pulling two prisoners on foot. He wants to rent horses from Barney for the prisoners he is taking to Nevada. While he and Barney prepare the horses, the men cut the rope holding them. They start a fire in the barn locking Josh and Barney in it and escape with two of Barney's horses. After extinguishing the fire, Josh goes after them followed by Barney. He passes David telling him to return ... Written by Anonymous

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29 March 1961 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Last show of the series. See more »

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Barney Durant: [Last lines] You know, there's only one thing wrong with you, Sam.
Josh Randall: Yeah. Haven't learned to mind my own business...
[mocks Barney]
Josh Randall: Sam.
Barney Durant: That's right, Sam.
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McQueen's final outing as Josh Randell.
8 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*Review Contains Spoilers*

After three seasons, Steve McQueen left for the big screen and ended one of better western series of all time. This particular episode does not denote the ending of the series (McQueen simply didn't sign up for another season, something that was probably decided after this episode was written) but it is interesting on it's own merits.

The plot is fairly straightforward; We begin with Barney's son (Jonathon Bolt) having his "duel" in bar broken up by his father, Barney (played by Noah Beery Jr. who a few episodes ago portrayed "El Gato") kicks his son outta his horse ranch to go off to San Fran to become a "man"...okay...along comes Josh Randell, bringing two prisoners rides up to Barney's horse ranch to "rent" two horses so his "bounty" can ride their way to Nevada. Naturally, the prisoners escape and take the horses with them. Barney rides with Randell to chase down the prisoners.

The chase is rather perfunctory and not very memorable save for the unusual setting along the California shoreline. Making for some spectacular shots during the episode.

Beery is certainly more comfortable in this role compared to his forced "Mexican" impression in "El Gato". This episode is notable for being the first acting role for career stuntman Bill Hart, who still acts today.

McQueen doesn't appear in the prologue and makes only a token appearance at the end. Despite this, I do not believe this was a "set-up" episode for a spin-off. Barney's son plays no role in the chase and has little chemistry with Beery.

A fine, but not really great outing for series finale as too much attention is placed on Barney 'n David. But I still recommend it if only for the location and stunt work involved.


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