Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 2, Episode 9

The Tyrant (31 Oct. 1959)

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On the trail of a Cavalry deserter and the horses he stole, Josh rides into a town ruled as the private fiefdom of its autocratic, psychopathic marshal.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Asa Wynter
Curtis Paine
George Elkins
Russ Conway ...
Webb White
Richard Gardner ...
Dion Davis (as Dick Gardner)
David Leland ...
Large Beasely
Guy Wilkerson ...
Sowbelly Logan
William A. Forester ...
Captain Young


On the trail of a Cavalry deserter and the horses he stole, Josh rides into a town ruled as the private fiefdom of its autocratic, psychopathic marshal.

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31 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Rambo Randall
6 April 2012 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This could be seen as the original inspiration for Rambo. At least in regards to the character of the abusive sheriff. R.G. Armstrong plays the egomaniac sheriff, and there are a couple of scenes from this episode that are incredibly similar to what Brian Dennehy did in Rambo: First Blood, when he was making speeches about why a town needs "law and order."

The acting is great, and it is all pretty black and white. The sheriff is one of the original bad-boys of town abuse, and he pushes everyone around, and enjoys doing it. R.G. Armstrong always seemed to be very happy in the roles of an abusive authority figure, and he really eats up the scenery in this episode.

The best thing about this story is that Steve McQueen is there to balance it out. Rambo's civil war ancestor arrives in trouble-town, and gives the bad sheriff and his deputies some hell to pay. This would have been a great two-part story, just because there was so much going on.

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