Josh expects a $400 bounty for bringing in Daniel Trenner but finds his prisoner stolen from him by the sheriff. Four ex-army personnel want to stage a illegal mock trial accusing their former lieutenant of dereliction of duty.


(as Harry Harris Jr.)




Episode complete credited cast:
Daniel Trenner
Howard Catlett
Carl Langley
Edwin Mills ...
Sam Atkins
Tom Vize ...
Harvey Griffith
Bob January ...
Frank Nelson


Josh is escorting prisoner Daniel Trenner back who declares he is innocent for a $400 bounty plus expenses. When they stop at a water hole, Josh is surprised by Sheriff Howard Catlett who put the wanted poster out for Trenner. After using Josh to capture the man on a fictitious charge, the sheriff takes the prisoner leaving Josh with no gun and runs off his horse. After Josh recovers his horse, he tracks the sheriff and Trenner to an abandoned house and barn. Once again Josh is caught off guard by Catlett who knocks him out. Josh finds himself a prisoner along with Trenner forced to wait until that evening to learn their fate. Three men dressed in Union uniforms enter the barn followed by Catlett donning his own Union uniform. Trenner recognizing the men thinks it is a reunion until slapped and told he is on trial. The court martial is conducted by the four former soldiers who believe the captive - their former lieutenant - deserted them in a rebel ambush six years earlier. Josh is ... Written by JSH12

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21 September 1960 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Steve McQueen and James Coburn also appear together in The Magnificent Seven premiering the same year (1960) as this episode. See more »

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New Opening But Same Great Show
23 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first "surprise" of this new season - the third and last of "Wanted: Dead Or Alive" - is the new opening. It's very dramatic, very cool and a lot better than the old one which we saw the first two years of this great old TV western.

Otherwise, things look the same as far as the great acting, good direction and lighting and varied-and-interesting stories. They are also intelligent stories; they don't insult you with dumb or clichéd stories. You are never quite sure how things will wind up, and this story is a perfect example of it.

We also get two well-known guest stars in this opening-week episode: Paul Burke, who went on to star in TV's "The Naked City," and James Coburn, who turned out to be a famous actor on the big screen. A couple of years after this episode was filmed, series star Steve McQueen and Coburn were together on the war flick, "The Great Escape." By then, McQueen was now a movie star, as well.

This is a very good opening show, with a very satisfying ending that will put a smile on your face, and it almost makes me feel bad it's the last season but, hey, McQueen was entitled to go on to bigger and better things!

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