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"Wanted: Dead or Alive" The Healing Woman (1959)

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Original Air Date:
12 September 1959 (Season 2, Episode 2)
Josh embarks on a mission of mercy when he pleads with the parents of a boy with appendicitis to let the doctor operate. The father, embittered against modern medicine, trusts only the local witch to cure his son's sickness. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall

Mort Mills ... Tom Summers

Virginia Gregg ... Amanda Summers

James Westerfield ... Dr. Langland

Helen Kleeb ... Mag Blake
Paul Engle ... Ted Bridges
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Whitey Hughes ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Barfly (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Townsman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don McDougall  (as Donald McDougall)
Writing credits
Charles Beaumont (teleplay)

Charles Beaumont (story) and
Richard Matheson (story)

Produced by
John Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Rudy Schrager 
Cinematography by
Guy Roe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Desmond Marquette 
Casting by
Marjory McKay 
Art Direction by
Bill Ross (supervising art director)
Jan Van Tamelen  (as Jan M. Van Tamelen)
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
Makeup Department
Carlie Taylor .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Sonntag .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cy Brooskin .... assistant director
Sound Department
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects (as Norval Crutcher Jr.)
Don Rush .... sound
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert B. Harris .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Bernard W. Burton .... editorial supervisor (as Bernard Burton)
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music supervisor
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Helen Kleeb, the Healing Woman, became well known as Mamie Baldwin on many episodes of The Waltons.See more »
Amanda Summers:Tom isn't here. He's out getting medicine for the boy.
Josh Randall:Yeah, I know. I passed him up in the woods. He was tryin' to catch some frogs. Is that the kind of medicine you mean?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
What's Up, Doc?, 14 August 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Like the opening episode, this deals with a 12-year-old but unlike the first week, this boy is sick. He has a ruptured appendix and needs an operation, pronto.

Josh found the very ill boy out in the woods and brought him into town. At first, someone tells him that no doctor for a hundred will touch this kid. Soon, we find out why. His hot- tempered father had a bad experience with doctor's once in which his dad died after an operation. Now, he wants no doctor handling his kid. He says "all doctors are butchers" and won't listen to reason, and says if his boy dies he's going to hold Randall responsible because he didn't bring the kid right to him. (Randall didn't know there was a family nearby, only seeing the sick kid and bringing him straight to town to a doctor.)

The father wind up bringing his boy to some mystical-type "healer," some woman who really has no medical knowledge, just some crackpot, but this boy needs an operation which is a lot more than this woman can offer Josh has to do what he can to help save the kid. Well, he doesn't "have" to but, being the good guy he is, "wants" to help because it's the right thing to do.

He thinks he might get somewhere with the boy's mother, hoping she isn't as pig-headed as the father. Mort Mills and Virgina Gregg, two regulars on TV, play the father and mother, respectively.

These Wanted: Dead Or Alive stories are not your typical westerns with gunslingers every week. Many times, such as the first two weeks of this season, they involve other things, very human stories.

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