Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 2, Episode 3

The Matchmaker (19 Sep. 1959)

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Josh reluctantly accepts an offbeat assignment: finding a beautiful bride for his bashful buddy Charlie, the homeliest man in the West.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Amy Williams
Charlie Wright
Virginia Christine ...
Harriet Meecham
Ruby Todd
Gordon Richards ...
Zeb Williams
Clegg Hoyt ...
Rufe Meecham
Mauritz Hugo ...
Sam Jenkins


Josh reluctantly accepts an offbeat assignment: finding a beautiful bride for his bashful buddy Charlie, the homeliest man in the West.

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19 September 1959 (USA)  »

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Whe Does Old Ugly (But Rich) Charlie Choose?
14 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Charlie Wright" thinks he's the ugliest man in town. He asks Josh to find him a bride. "And she has to be beautiful," he says. That's the opening scene in this third episode of the second season. Royal Dano plays "Charlie." He is hardly a known name but you'll recognize his face.

This isn't what you'd expect in a western, but you never know what you'll get on this always-interesting old TV show. Randall (Steve McQueen) says "I'm not matchmaker," but Charlie reminds him of the time he helped him out when Jos was down-and-out, so Josh gives it a try. McQueen, as he shows here, could be a subtle comedian when he needed to be. He goes through about every woman in town trying to find someone for Charlie. Some of these actresses, by the way, were really attractive, such as Kasey Rogers and several that did not get any billing here, such as the woman who played "Doris Hardy."

He goes 0-for-6 before taking a break for a beer. His next plan is to telegram a woman named "Amy," played by Fay Spain. Josh pays the woman and her dad who came with her, $200, just to have a dinner date with Charlie and hang around for awhile.

Josh has no luck until he winds up meeting "Mrs. Olson," well, actually "Harriet" played by the woman, Virginia Christine, who was best-known as the Folgers coffee commercial spokesperson of TV fame in the 1960s and '70s. She has a kid, thinks highly of Charlie, and is definitely interested. The problem is, Amy finds out Charlie's got a gold mind and accepts dumb Charlie's marriage proposal on the first date! Now, what's Josh going to do? He knows Charlie is best-suited for the coffee woman, not this scam artist. However, Charlie would rather than the out-of-town woman.

Josh explains the facts of life, er marriage, to Charlie and then we get to see what the latter decides. Hint: the ending is a shocker!

Overall, this was another entertaining episode even though it had no western action, no bad guys, no shootouts, etc. It didn't any of that, just an interesting story with a comedy touch. It's a little silly in parts but it keeps your interest.

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