Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 3, Episode 4

The Looters (12 Oct. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Three dangerous prisoners escape from jail and appoint themselves the law, after the town is hit by a tornado that kills the sheriff.

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Gloria Blondell ...
Lucy
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Eli
Tom Gilson ...
Frank
John Alderman ...
Chum (as John L. Alderman)
Pat McCaffrie ...
Leonard (as Patric F. McCaffrie)
Dave Willock ...
Judge
John Eldredge ...
Phineos Porter
Gaines Kincaid ...
Sheriff
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Three dangerous prisoners escape from jail and appoint themselves the law, after the town is hit by a tornado that kills the sheriff.

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bar shootout

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Unique 'Twists' In This Story!
23 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, a tornado strikes a town early on, and now the inmates run the asylum! That's a different "twist," pun intended.

The twister makes a mess of the town but, oddly, doesn't injure the three crooks in the two jail cells. There are two young somewhat-dumb guys and an older man, who is the apparent leader. The sheriff is killed but the criminals don't have a nick on them! What's more, the older man, "Eli," appoints himself "advisor," one of the kids "sheriff" and the other a "deputy." The deputy pouts because he wasn't named sheriff. When he asks Eli why, Eli responds, "because I said so." The shrugs and says, "okay," and goes back to pouting. That gives you an idea how odd this going to be, and it really gets bizarre beginning with the next scene when Eli appoints the town drunk as the city's "judge." Whatever. "Josh," who was going into this town to get the guys in jail and transport them somewhere, walks into this mess, and it is a mess which includes credibility (i.e. where is the rest of the town?).

Actually, some of the scenes in here are so outrageous, they are funny, reminding me of "The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean" and the craziness of that old western. However, there a tenseness in here, too, because the bad-guys have a real nasty edge to them, so I found it interesting to contemplate how this was all going to play out.

For classic film buffs, it's interesting to note that the female character in this story - who is a key figure in what happens - was played by the sister of a very famous movie actress: Joan Blondell. I am speaking of Gloria Blondell, who was Joan's younger sister. Gloria was married once to Albert Broccoli, the man who produced so many memorable James Bond movies.


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