Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Sheriff of Red Rock 

Josh is bushwhacked by bounty hunters in cahoots with the local sheriff, who now must keep Josh from blowing the whistle on their illegal but lucrative "bounty game". He finds himself in jail with his quarry and as new quarry.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Orv Daniels
Sheriff Will Echert, misspelled Eckert in on-screen credits
Judge George Healy
Gordon Polk ...
Sam--Doctor (as Francis DeSales)


Josh is bringing Orv Daniels in for the bounty when they are ambushed by two men. Josh is quickly forced to give up when he is encircled. The men Stoner and Evans tell Josh they do all the bounty hunting in the area and they will take Daniels. When Josh argues, Stoner makes Daniels believe he is going to release him. However, Stoner shoots Daniels in the back as he rides off. Josh uses the distraction to escape and recapture the wounded Daniels. Upon arriving at the sheriff's office with Daniels, Josh is confronted by Stoner and Evans who say Daniels is theirs. The sheriff jails Daniels and Josh while calling the doctor to tend to Daniels. The sheriff is in fact working with Stoner and Evans. He lets prisoners escape and they return them for the bounty. Realizing Daniels and Josh can land them in trouble, they allow them to escape planning to "eliminate" the problem. Josh realizing the setup warns Daniels not to leave but he does and is killed. Josh uses the opportunity to fake his ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 November 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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After escaping, when Josh shoots the first man on a horse, he throws his gun high into the air as he falls off and it is seen going far away from his horse. When the man is on the ground the gun is a couple of feet away from him. See more »


Josh Randall: I don't plan on staying a wanted man. I'll be back, and it's either going to be slung over the side of a horse, or I'll come back with enough proof to split this wide open.
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Very Suspenseful!
23 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Josh is taking back a prisoner when he's ambushed by two other bounty hunters. They want to take the man Josh caught and collect the reward. The prisoner says he'll tell what went on when he has his trial, so the ambushers let him go, but then shoot him as rides off. Josh escapes and catches up to the wounded guy and eventually brings him in. However, when he gets to the sheriff's office, the two ambushers are there. They had told the sheriff that Randall ambushed THEM and took the prisoner, and that the reward belongs to them.

Josh is asked if anyone saw him take the prisoner. Did he have any witnesses. When he answers "no," the sheriff puts him in an adjacent cell to the wounded man, who isn't hurt as badly as thought, and is expected to stand trial the next morning. (Contrast that to today's court delays!)

Anyway, it turns out the sheriff is in cahoots with these two crooked bounty hunters, and has been for months, allowing jail escapes and sharing the bounty rewards as the three of them wait outside for the escapees and then shoot them. This prisoner (who now appears innocent but is convinced they will hang him anyway, so why not try to escape?) sees his opportunity and goes for it. However, Randall knows it's a setup.

How is Randall going to prevent another murder and see that justice is done? That's the story, and not wanting spoilers, I'll end here.

This is a very interesting episode with lots of action and particularly suspense.

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