Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
1 user

The Last Retreat 

When a convicted killer escapes prison, Josh is hired for $500 to protect the woman whose testimony put him there. The woman's husband is an attorney who says he has always been a coward and never carries a gun. Josh is not so sure.


(as Richard D. Donner)




Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Josh Randall
Sarah Lawton
Jim Lawton
Clem Robinson (as Warren M. Oates)
Tom Jenks


Josh rides into a town looking for Jim Lawton, Attorney at Law. He has been summoned with a telegram saying there is a job for him that pays $500. Jim explains to Josh that he and his wife happened by the bank when it was being robbed by Clem Robinson. After Robinson was captured, Jim's wife identified him at his trial. Robinson, who has escaped, vowed to get even with her. Jim further explains that he is and has always been a coward. He has never carried a gun so he is powerless to protect his wife. This is further proven when they leave his office and Jim accidentally knocks Tom Jenks' hat off. Tom tries to provoke Jim into a fight until Josh defuses the issue. They have agreed to say to Jim's wife Sarah that Josh is an old friend who has come to visit. After dinner it becomes apparent Sarah sees through the charade when she says she knows who Josh is. Jim is on edge plus there is tension between him and his wife. Josh sees more in Jim than Jim does. The sheriff arrives with word ...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

11 January 1961 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After Josh makes his move, Robinson fires 9 rounds from his 6 shot revolver without reloading. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Self-Confessed 'Coward' Fights His Demons
15 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This episode is more melodrama than anything else, especially in the first half of it. Things get a little livelier, however, when Warren Oates enters the scene, playing fugitive "Clem Robinson." Oates usually played interesting characters and was especially good at playing crooks ("Dillinger"). He had the face for it, and the smart-alack grin and laugh of a sadistic killer.

Meanwhile, most of the show is about a self-labeled "coward" and his wife. The latter testified against "Clem" and they figure the escaped convict is going after her, so the guy hires Randall. Most of the time he whines about what a wimp he is. It's interesting at first but then grows tiresome to hear. His wife, not portrayed as a likable woman herself, is tired of hearing it, too. Not only does the husband "Ross Ellliott" (Jim Lawton) torment himself, but the killer adds to it by mocking him. (This is not a very pleasant episode to watch, frankly.)

Note: It's unusual to see "Josh Randall" (Steve McQueen) dressed up in a white shirt, tie (of sorts) and vest.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

15 Most Bingeable TV Shows

"The IMDb Show" presents the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time, featuring "Rick and Morty," "The Office," and "Lost."

Watch now