Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 2, Episode 15

Chain Gang (12 Dec. 1959)

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Josh is captured by a corrupt deputy and is forced by the sheriff to work on a chain gang in a gold mine. He learns the mine owner and staff keep the men imprisoned by adding to their sentences every time they break the rules.

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Episode complete credited cast:
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Dave Willock ...
Jethro Dane
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George Winters (as Ted DeCorsia)
Laurie Mitchell ...
Belle Colter
Chris Alcaide ...
Cree Colter
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Charlie Martin
James Burke ...
Sheriff Blore
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Link Damon
Than Wyenn ...
Gib Rafford
Richard Reeves ...
Jenks (as Richard J. Reeves)
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A couple of deputies with hound dogs looking for a man find Josh's camp. They were led there by the scent of the escapee who Josh killed and buried but kept his clothing for identification. The main deputy Cree Colter knocks Josh out telling the other deputy they have a replacement for the dead escapee. In town Josh finds himself in chains threaten with major felonies by Sheriff Blore when George Winters walks in suggesting the Sheriff knock the sentence down to a misdemeanor for burying a body with a sentence of one week. Josh agrees to the deal but finds himself on George Winters work gang. His first job is to help Belle Colter load a wagon. Belle recognizes Josh and his polite attitude but tells him to keep quiet and working. They met long ago in a saloon but she is now married to Cree. Josh finds himself working in a gold mine where the prisoners are never released as the staff keeps adding to their sentences each time they break a rule. One old timer Charlie Martin thinks he is ... Written by Anonymous

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Per the title, a chain gain is a group of prisoners that are chained together most likely by the legs to perform menial hard labor together as a punishment and to reduce the chance of a successful escape. The practice was mainly used in Southern states and has not been used since the 1950s. See more »

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Jenks: You've got a big mouth, Randall. If you don't keep it shut, you're gonna wind up with no teeth in it.
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A Tough, Film Noir-Like Story
2 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, there are some nasty dudes in this story, and it's a very intense episode with good photography, too. The bad guys begin with "Cree Colter" (Chris Alcaide), a thug who knocks down our hero twice early on while he's defenseless, and then brings him to his boss who is running a chain gang, of all things. He's using the prisoners to help with his silver mine and, of course, his assistants - like "Cree" - are all sadistic punks.

It looked like a scene out of "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang."

How does Josh get out of this prison? Well, it's not easy, especially when most of the prisoners are so scared of failing and having their "sentence" added on. They won't help him, is what I'm saying. In fact, in one scene they help the guards and Josh pays for it.

I enjoyed the closeup photography. There are a number of interesting (and familiar) faces in here. This is simply a well-done, very strong episode that has the look and feel of tough film noir. The villains aren't just nasty; they're smart, too. It's not a pleasant story, but it will get you emotionally involved.


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