Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 3, Episode 18

Hero in the Dust (1 Feb. 1961)

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Another Very Original Story
15 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This three-year western TV series starring the famous Steve McQueen was really good in a number of areas. One of which was originality; the stories were all different. This particular episode is a good example.

In fact, in this story real-life brothers play twins in the story: "Pete" and "Harry Weaver." What's really odd is that the brothers, Paul and Nick Bon Tempi, only acted in one TV episode (this one) and one movie, which also was the same one (1962's "The Magic Sword") - that's it.

For much of the story, "Harry" is the main figure. Pete knocks his brothers unconscious and rides off early in the show. He knows his twin will be arrested for his crime. He is the bad brother and "Harry" is the good guy.

Harry manages to walk a day-and-a-half in the desert and find "Josh Randall" (McQueen) and pleads for help. He has to convince Josh he's not his brother and then hope Josh will help him find "Pete" to not only clear his own name but save his brother from getting killed by some other bounty hunter.

Agreeable Josh says okay and the two ride off, meeting some serious obstacles along the way. Ralph Bell is very interesting as fellow bounty hunter "Phil Richards" and Audrey Claire as "Polly" also is fascinating in a small role.


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