Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Call Your Shot 

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.


(as Donald McDougall)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jed Miller
Abbie Fenton
Gregg Fenton
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 Gabe 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.

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Release Date:

7 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gabe Henshaw: I'm the town plague. I'm dirt under everybody's feet. Real joy would come to Varga if I were to be washed away in the next cloudburst.
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Justice is a Beautiful Thing
31 May 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Josh Randall arrives in town to help Gabe Henshaw find his dead son Wilt. Upon visiting the sheriff, Randall is told it's all in Gabe Henshaw's mind, he's the town drunk and his son is alive.

Gregg and Ella Fenton deny anything's wrong and try to protect their daughter Abbie, who was engaged to Wilt Henshaw.

Jed Miller, a wealthy saw mill owner, has romantic interests in Abbie Fenton and intends to marry her. Mr.& Mrs. Fenton are the epitome of politically correct and want their daughter to marry Jed.

Josh gets the truth from Abbie in front of her parents and what follows is the best sequence of events imaginable. Even the epilogue has superb dialog with respect to the town's sheriff, the newspaper chief, and Josh.

I do not understand for a split second how this episode got only a 7.3 rating from a large sample of viewers. I put it in the top 5 of all 95 episodes done.

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