Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 1, Episode 28

Railroaded (14 Mar. 1959)

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When a young runaway is framed for killing a Pinkerton agent, Randall turns detective to uncover the real killer. He learns there has been a series of murders on the railroad and there is a $200 reward for anyone killing an agent.

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At the Two Creeks water stop a man hands a young man $2 to give the brakeman to let them ride the rails. The older man is taking a nap in a boxcar when the brakeman wakes him up and tells him to leave the train. When the man tells him he paid, the brakeman, Ed Bruner, uses a wood club to knock him out. He finds the man has a money belt and an ID showing he is a Pinkerton agent. Bruner throws the body off the moving train. At Solberg Josh gets off the train to find himself under arrest for the murder. However, he can prove he was a paying customer in the caboose. As Sheriff Pig Wells lets him go, Bruner brings the young man, Sim Cole, to the Sheriff saying he did it. When Josh goes to retrieve his horse from Pop Michaels, he learns there has been a series of train related murders and there is a $200 reward anyone who kills a Pinkerton agent. He decides to visit Cole in jail. After hearing his story, he decides to go to Juniper Wells to find the killer but bad decisions nearly kill him. Written by Anonymous

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Pop Michaels: Must've throwed you off a train. Guess they didn't want your body messin' up the streets of Juniper. Lucky for me you got a thick skull.
Josh Randall: Lucky for you, huh?
Pop Michaels: I don't fancy diggin' a grave with nothin' but a pocket knife.
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'Ole 'Pops' Nearly Steals The Show!
7 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmmakers love to show corrupt authority figures, but you didn't see that as much back in the classic-era day which includes television in the 1950s. However, we have a corrupt sheriff in this episode, aptly named "Pig."

"Pig" and his partners, which include railroad men, are in the business of killing Pinkerton agents and collecting reward money for bring the killers to the justice....except they hang innocent people in the process.

Josh Randall comes to the aid of the most recent man charged with the crime, a young kid who had run away from home. Randall gets the full story from him and goes looking for the train's brakeman ("Bruno," played by Mort Mills, another familiar face but unfamiliar name) the man who is the real killer. Josh finds out where he lives but the killer is tipped off. Randall is ambushed and belted in the back of the head by a man wielding a two-by-four.

The story goes on from there. It's a good one. Speaking of "good," it's always good to see Edgar Buchanan in one of these westerns. In this one, as Josh's friend, he has the best lines in the show and some great sarcastic lines for the sheriff. Buchanan just about stole the show here as "Pop Michaels."

I also thought I was looking at film star Vera Miles, but it turned out to be Kasey Rogers, who is a dead ringer for her.


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