Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 2, Episode 1

Montana Kid (5 Sep. 1959)

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To track down the cheating tinhorn gambler Johnny Deuce and recover his money, Randall befriends the card sharp's stepson and protégé, a twelve-year-old orphan boy and card cheat in training nicknamed The Montana Kid.

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Richard Eyer ...
Montana Kid
Jean Willes ...
Manila Jones
Steve Brodie ...
Johnny Deuce
Richard Devon ...
Freighter Jack
Clancy Cooper ...
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In response to a circular advertising a reward of $100 from a concerned citizen a sheriff has detained in jail the 12 year old boy who goes by the name Montana Kid and his pet dog Tiger. After holding him for a while the sheriff releases the Kid out the back door telling him to leave town. After the release he returns to the office to tell Josh the Kid is on his way but he doesn't understand the reason behind the favor. Josh gives the sheriff $100 saying he is the concerned citizen. Josh is looking for the Kid to lead him to his step-father Johnny Deuce. Johnny who cheated Josh in a card game with marked cards earlier, leaves a saloon after collecting his winnings from the owner, Manila Jones, who realizes he cheated the players using marked cards. Meanwhile, Josh trails the Kid to a camp of freighters where the Kid is playing Three Card Monte with them. When it is clear he tried to cheat them, Josh rescues him. He tries to makes friends with the Kid and asks about Johnny but the Kid ... Written by Anonymous

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Josh Randall: Where's your home?
Montana Kid: Never had one.
Josh Randall: Go to school?
Montana Kid: No.
Josh Randall: Y'know, it comes in handy knowin' how to read and write, boy.
Montana Kid: I can read.
Josh Randall: You read the Bible?
Montana Kid: I never had a chance to read a real book. Johnny don't hold with it.
Josh Randall: Yeah, I can understand that. The only thing he ever read was a marked card.
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Unusual, But Good Start, To Second Season
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An odd-sounded wanted poster says "The Outraged Person" on the bottom of it, and that guy wants information about a gambler "Johnny Deuce." The poster also says you can find the gambler if you follow a young boy named "The Montana Kid." Well, our hero "Josh Randall" (Steve McQueen) turns out to be the guy who wrote the wanted poster. After a sheriff lets the boy out of his jail (it's never said why he was in there), Josh, pays the sheriff $100 and then follows the kid, who rides off on horseback. This was an odd start to the second season of this successful television western starring a famous actor, who was just beginning his career.

The episode was good, as usual. One thing I like about this old show; the stories are very diverse. This one about a kid who is card shark and developed his trade from a gambler (played by Steve Brodie) who took him out of the orphanage and "trained" him. What happens to he, the gambler and Josh are all very interesting. There's a neat little dog, here, that's part of the story.

Richard Eyer plays the young boy, the title character: The Montana Kid. He went on to be in a couple of famous movies (see is autobiography here) but retired from films before becoming an adult.

Note: I was sorry to see the DVD did not offer English subtitles, as "Studio Canal of New Line Home Entertainment" company did on the first-season DVD.


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