Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Randall finds his prey in the hands of a lynch mob wiping out his bounty. After Randall rescues Jake Pringle from the lynch mob's rope, he learns he's not the only one with a vested interest in keeping the killer alive.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Radovitch (as Robert Wilke)
Rita Lynn ...
Jake Pringle
Bull Sherman
Jeff DeBenning ...
Marshal Virgil Carp


Josh rides up to a group of men surrounding Jake Pringle tied to a tree. He asks if he can have a cup of coffee. Josh asks about Jake who they say killed a man named Harper over a girl in town in Jack Radovitch's place. Since Jake has admitted to the killing, they plan to hang him there. Josh asks if there is any lawmen there but they say there is no law in the area. When they start to use a rope with a standard loop on the end, Josh suggests he can make a better noose knot. While working on the knot he suggests they take Jake into town to be hung during the next day's Independence celebration which might give them legal protection. After a tie vote on the idea is broken by Josh, they settle down with a couple of bottles of liquor Josh has. Meanwhile, a woman, Estralita, rides up wanting to know why Jake isn't hung which they explain. Later, she talks to Josh about trying to free Jake as she is his girlfriend. Josh concocts a plan but the results are not as expected. Written by Anonymous

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3 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The name of the marshal in Tucson is Virgil Carp, a thinly disguised (one letter difference) Virgil Earp (1843-1905), who in the 1870s served as deputy marshal in Tucson before relocating to Tombstone with his famous brothers. See more »


Estralita: [as the posse sings "Streets of Laredo"] You don't care for the singing, Mr. Randall?
Josh Randall: Oh, it's fine, as long as my voice isn't in it.
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Robert Wilke Had A Face You Couldn't Forget
22 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Robert J. Wilke has a face I will never forget, not because of these western TV roles in played in the '50s and '60s where his rugged, almost mean-looking features made him believable as a villain, but as the wrinkled, weathered-face old man in the great 1978 film, "Days Of Heaven," (in which he wasn't a villain!)

In his day, Wilke was a scary-looking dude. So was the other bad guy in this episode, played by Chris Alcaide.

Anyway, Josh comes by these two guys who are ready to hang some poor saddle tramp. Josh talks these guys - mainly "Radovitch" (Wilke) - into postponing the hanging until tomorrow, July 4th, where they can do it in front of a lot of holiday-celebrating people, and not get into trouble with the law themselves for doing by themselves out in the country.

The guy who Randall saves is skeptical. "What's in this for you," he asks. "Nobody does something for free." Some gratitude, eh?

Things look okay until a woman named "Estralita" (Rita Lynn) enters the picture. However, Josh quickly finds out she isn't what she seems (very bloodthirsty) and doesn't want the guy hanged, either. He's a former lover and she blames herself for his predicament. She and Josh try to figure out what to do to free the man. That part was a bit puzzling to me, and very unlike "Josh," who usually is a hundred percent for justice. The man DID shoot someone in a jealous rage which, last I checked, was still a crime.

The man and woman ride off together, followed by Josh who told her he'd meet them in Tucson, and by the other guys who know have several people they'd like to lynch!

Later, my faith in "Randall" was justified. There was a good reason for what he did - and justice did prevail - but, boy, did he get himself into a jam in this episode, filled with tense moments, twists and edgy characters.

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