Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Voice of Silence 

Josh reluctantly takes a job protecting a beautiful deaf, mute, teenage girl and keeping everyone off the father's place for a day or two. Although initially bored, Josh starts to develop a relationship with the friendly girl.


(as Richard D. Donner)




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Episode complete credited cast:
Carol Hagen
Frank Hagen
Dick Rich ...
Harry Brice
Herman Rudin ...
Vince Deadrick Sr. ...
Ken (as Vince Deadrick)
Charles Bail ...
Wally (as Chuck Bail)


Josh rides up to the home of Frank Hagen who has written to him about a job that pays $100 which he needs. When he yells to see if anyone is home, he sees a girl inside and a man approaches with a rifle telling him to raise his hands. Josh tells him he is looking for a Frank Hagen. After showing his letter, the man tells Josh he is Hagen. When Josh asks about the details of the job, Hagen tells him he is to guard his deaf and mute daughter keeping everyone off the ranch until he returns that evening or the next day. Needing the pay, Josh agrees to take the job but he feels a bit uncomfortable about it. Hagan leaves as Josh realizes he can't converse with the daughter Carol who does write him notes as well as write in her own diary. Eventually she writes to Josh that she may be bad company but she is a good cook. Josh has noticed her looking at him when he was outside realizing she may have a bit of a crush. Josh has to run off a drifter but when Hagen returns shot Josh learns the rest... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 February 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In this episode Josh reads an entry in Carol's diary revealing that she has wistfully imagined some sounds in her own heart and mind. The end of the show as Josh is leaving is a voiceover of Carol reciting this diary entry. See more »

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14 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this series when I was in high school. Probably because of my maturity level I do not remember this one, but I saw it recently on"Me TV." This episode has a depth and content to it clearly missing from this genre at the time. It is introspective and touching at several points, all without dialog, most of the time. How this experience affects our hero leaves a lingering feeling as to how it we would handle it. Fight, flight and what comes after. Only the long running series "Gun Smoke" came close to having the moral content of this particular episode. Not a superhero, Josh's interest in the decanter of brandy/bourbon is human and interesting.

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