Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 1, Episode 23

Call Your Shot (7 Feb. 1959)

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A grieving father who is the town drunk hires Josh Randall with his last $30 to find his murdered son's body, but Josh's search for clues runs up against a cowardly conspiracy of silence. Josh isn't sure anyone is missing at all.


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Episode complete credited cast:
James Dunn ...
Gabe Henshaw
Steve Brodie ...
Jed Miller
Luana Patten ...
Abbie Fenton
James Burke ...
Sheriff M. Comstock
Robert Burton ...
Gregg Fenton
Louise Lorimer ...
Ella Fenton (as Louise Lormer)
James Hendricks (as Bill Schallert)


Josh rides into the town of Varga looking for Gabe Henshaw who is offering Josh his last $30 to find his son Will's body. Gabe's home is decorated with black bunting and the bedraggled Gabe is wearing a black armband to indicate he is in mourning. Gabe explains to Josh that Will left the house Thursday night and never came home. He believes Will was murdered and wants to find his body to properly bury it. Josh taking the $30 visits elderly Sheriff M. Comstock who says Will simply took off because he was ashamed of Gabe. Josh then visits the Fenton household hoping to talk to their daughter Abbie who Gabe believes was going to marry Will. Her father says she is ill but that Abbie is going to marry Jed Miller who told Josh Will left town. Josh decides to return the money to and leave town but when Abbie stops him saying she must talk to him later, he decides to stay. However, at the meeting Josh is attacked and knocked out by Miller's men putting a new perspective on things. Written by Anonymous

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7 February 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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James Hendricks: I guess you figure this town owes you an apology, Mr. Randall?
Josh Randall: Not at all, Mr. Hendricks. This town can only do one thing for me.
James Hendricks: What's that?
Josh Randall: Watch me ride out. It's gonna be the first time in a week I feel clean.
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Dunn, Dialog Make This Episode A Big Winner
29 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a pleasant surprise to see James Dunn, Academy Award winner and co-star of "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" (1945). It's a bit of a shock to see Dunn about 15 years older. He looked it and sounded it, with a deeper voice than he had in the 1930s and '40s. He's still a fine actor, and shows it in here, playing a man who hires Josh to find his dead son.

"Gabe Henshaw" (Dunn) hasn't seen his son for four days and thinks he's dead. No one else in the town believes him, thinking the old man is off his rocker and the kid just split to get away from him. The sheriff warns Josh that the missing son's girlfriend's family might give him trouble. Randall goes to talk to her but the parents say she is sick in bed.

Randall meets back with "Gabe" at the local saloon and gives him his money back, saying he doesn't see evidence of foul play, himself. However, after leaving the saloon, he's threatened and told to leave town. Now, he believes there might be something to this claim by the father.

Randall decides to return to the girl's house to see once again if he can talk with her. She is out in front of her house and whispers to Josh that she isn't sick and to meet her at 9 o'clock in back of the school where they can talk privately and she'll tell him what's really going on. Josh is ambushed behind that school and beaten up by three men.

Randall then goes to work and the rest is very well done. It turns out there are many aspects to this short story. There is excellent dialog, perhaps the best I've seen so far in 23 episodes. An outstanding show.

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