Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 3, Episode 18

Hero in the Dust (1 Feb. 1961)

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Josh is hired by Harry Weaver to track down his twin brother Pete, who's wanted with a $500 bounty on him. Harry is tired of being used by Pete plus the law and bounty hunters are apt to mistake him for Pete resulting in his own death.

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Ralph Bell ...
Phil Richards (as Ralph S. Bell)
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Harry Weaver
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Twin brothers Pete and Harry Weaver are breaking camp when Harry breaks the news to Pete that he is going his own way. Pete tries to tell Harry they must stick together but when Harry stays firm, Pete knocks him out and runs off his horse. Later, in his hotel room Josh hears a knock on his door. He opens it with his hand on his gun as Harry Weaver steps in. After finding no weapons on Harry, Josh listens to Harry's job offer. He hands Josh a poster that states Pete Weaver is wanted for $500 with a picture that matches Harry's face. Josh asks if Harry wants him to turn him in but Harry explains Pete is his twin brother. He produces his own birth certificate which shows him as Harry and not Pete. Harry is worried a bounty hunter or lawman will mistake him for Pete plus he believes Josh will bring Pete in alive. He offers Josh $106 for the job. Josh accepts the offer so the two head for where Harry thinks Pete may be. A rain storm forces them into a barn for cover where fellow bounty ... Written by Anonymous

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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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