Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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One Mother Too Many 

A widow wants to hire/propose to Josh so she doesn't lose custody of her son. Josh served under her husband in the war. His mother tried to control him and now is trying to steal her grandson to raise him to take over the family fortune.

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Joyce Meadows ...
Beth Morrison
Bryan Russell ...
Davey Morrison
Betty Lou Gerson ...
Irene Goodhue Morrison
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Judge Timothy Banning
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Malcolm
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James (as Robert Hoy)
Richard Adams ...
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After riding into town, Josh enters a boarding house looking for Beth Morrison who has written to him offering a job. Josh says he is available depending on the job. Her job offer is a business proposal - to marry her. Josh had served under her husband Captain Dave Morrison in the war. She asks the shaken Josh to wait while she leaves the room and returns with her son, Davy. She introduces them and then asks Davy to leave. She explains to Josh that her mother-in-law Irene tried to run Dave's life but he wouldn't let her. Now that he is dead, she wants control of Davy to raise him as she wanted to do with her son Dave. She has followed Beth everywhere forcing her to lose jobs and making it impossible to raise Davy. She has a large family fortune that Davy would inherit. As they talk, Beth spots Irene ride up with a driver and hired guard. Upon entering she serves Beth with a court order giving her custody. They allow Davy to be taken but Josh has a new job - return Beth's son. Written by Anonymous

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7 December 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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A mother's love
19 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a difficult episode to watch, the unfairness of the judge presiding in the custody case is horrible, taking a child away from his mother on a rich grandmother's say.

What really galled me was near the end when the judge left it up to a little boy to choose whom he should live with, and telling the mother that if he chose her she would be on sort of a "probation" period of one year, but if he chose the grandmother the case was closed forever, that whole scene made me want to grab that judge up by his shirt collar and slap him around a bit, the whole thing just made me sick. McQueen once again played his role very well as he sympathized with his old friend's widow and faced the judge on her behalf.


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