Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 2, Episode 21

Jason (30 Jan. 1960)

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Jason brings in "Doc" Phillips hoping he can lure Clell Fanning out as he has an old score to settle with Clell. He is shot by one of Clell's henchman and he must rely on the deputy, Nichols, who takes over after the Sheriff is killed.

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Sean McClory ...
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Barry Kelley ...
Sheriff John Holmes
Pierre Watkin ...
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Jason brings in "Doc" Phillips hoping he can lure Clell Fanning out as he has an old score to settle with Clell. He is shot by one of Clell's henchman and he must rely on the deputy, Nichols, who takes over after the Sheriff is killed.

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Wright King Is An Impressive Guest Actor
19 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"You don't mind if I change seats over here, do you? I don't like the idea of getting shot while someone is trying to shoot you."

"Josh Randall" replies, "Jason, you didn't think I have much sense being here, do you?"

"Even for $5,000 I don't think I'd volunteer to be a turkey in a turkey shoot," his buddy replies. Jason is a deputy sheriff. His dad was an old friend of Randall's and the town sheriff, but he's a bit of a hot-head.

So sets up this story in which Josh brings in a "little fish" to a small-town jail to use as bait to get the "big fish," a very dangerous man whom Randall expects to make an entrance into town to free the other. Everyone in this little town expects trouble, now.

First, the big fish sends in his four hired killers to free the prisoner. Then, the shooting starts and - surprise - Randall is seriously wounded. That's one of the things I admire about this show. There are few old Hollywood movie or TV clichés in this show. You never know what will happen. Rarely is it predictable.

Anyway, the rest of the show belongs to Wright King, who plays "Jason." King is terrific in here, reminding me of a young Henry Fonda with this looks and excellent acting. I see in his IMDb resume that almost all of his acting was on TV but he did a couple of movies, and they were big ones like "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Overall, this is one of the best episodes I've seen in this excellent western TV series from 50 years ago. It features intelligent dialog and wonderful acting and lighting. Yes, these westerns were almost always filmed on a studio lot but at least it made for some tremendous lighting, which is elevated by this excellent DVD set by Studio Canal.


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