Who needs enemies with friends like the residents of Rogue City, who celebrate Randall for bringing in notorious killer Jumbo Kane, but just as quickly turn on Josh when Kane breaks loose and demands a hostage to ensure his escape.


(as Donald McDougall)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Judge Coogan
Marcia Henderson ...
Julie Taggert
Jumbo Kane
Bartender Tom
Tyler McVey ...
Sheriff Taggert


Josh rides into the town Rogue City leading Jumbo Kane who he captured for the $1000 bounty on his head after escaping from jail. He was sentenced to hang by Judge Coogan. Sheriff Taggert takes custody of Jumbo while telling his daughter Julie to send a telegraph message to authorize payment of the bounty. Several local men have come out including the Judge and clerk Henry Jackson to congratulate Josh for capturing Jumbo alive. As they walk away from the sheriff's office they hear multiple gunshots. Jumbo appears in the doorway of the office holding up Sheriff Taggert. He demands a fast horse and free passage in return for the wounded sheriff. Julie starts to deliver a horse when Josh shoos the horse away. Meanwhile, inside Jumbo checks the sheriff who is in fact dead. He then demands another hostage but no one wants to volunteer other than Julie. The Judge then volunteers Josh at gunpoint who is not surprised. The town is less interested in his life than that of the sheriff. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Julie Taggert: My father gets paid $40 a month for capturing men like Jumbo Kane, Forty dollars! You collect a thousand for doing the same thing.
Josh Randall: Yes, ma'am. That's why I do it.
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With 'Friends' Like These.......
31 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Randall's comment at the end when these town idiots offer him the sheriff's job, saying "you got friends here now." His reply:

"It depends what you mean by friends. Sometimes it's a lot easier to recognize enemies."

In the introduction, we see there is bad blood between "Judge Coogan" (Alexander Scourby) and the man Josh just brought in for bounty, "Jumbo Kane" (Lee Van Cleef). Coogan was the guy who sentenced Jumbo to hang but the latter escaped.

Cleef, by the way, became semi-famous in Clint Eastwood's "spaghetti westerns" and Sourby as the "voice of NFL films."

Anyway, the story is all about Jumbo holding the sheriff hostage. Yup, this outlaw works fast. Within a minute of being dropped off at jail, he's got the sheriff tied up in his jail and the people on the outside wondering how to best handle the situation. Not helping matters is the sheriff's daughter, "Miss Julie," who is one big pain-in-the-butt criticizing anyone within earshot, calling Josh a murdering no-good bounty hunter, etc. etc. Too bad Jumbo doesn't shoot her!

Poor Josh winds up against the whole town, or at least the ones shown on screen. The judge isn't exactly a morally-sound person, either. As one guy says, "When he sentences someone to death, he doesn't seem care who goes along with him, either." He means Josh whom the sheriff - at gunpoint - uses as bait to get the killer, a ploy that almost gets our hero murdered.

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