Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Twelve Hours to Crazy Horse 

Josh brings a wanted man in to the Mesa City Sheriff, only to find he killed the sheriff's brother. Josh decides to join the sheriff and prisoner on the trip to take the man to Crazy Horse for trial but along the way the man escapes.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Sheriff Hayes
Dan Murdock (as James Lydon)


Josh and his prisoner Dan Murdock ride by a cemetery as Josh checks a sign pointing the way to Mesa City where the prisoner is wanted. In Mesa City Josh drops Murdock with Sheriff Hayes who gives Josh a receipt for the prisoner. He states he will be taking Murdock to Crazy Horse for his trial which will take a couple of days. When he returns, he will have Josh's bounty money to which Josh agrees. Josh stops by the saloon for a drink plus he asks about a bank but the bartender tells him it is closed because of a death. However, the saloon owner Warner might give him a loan. Warner tells him he will give him eighty cents on the dollar but when he sees the bounty amount he says he doesn't have enough money but he really doesn't want to deal with Josh. The bartender explains that Murdock killed a man with a bottle to the head in the bar plus a deputy's horse as well as the deputy who is the sheriff's brother. Josh decides to check on Murdock but when he learns they are gone to Crazy Horse... Written by Anonymous

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21 November 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Familiar Names And Faces, And A Good Ending
2 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two familiar faces guest star in this episode: John Dehner as "Sheriff Haynes" and James Lydon as "Dan Murdock." Dehner, it seems like, was in a thousand of these '50s and '60s television shows and Lydon I know as Jimmy Lydon from the 1947 film "Life With Father" where he played a teen and boyfriend of Elizabeth Taylor. For most of his career from the '50s on, Lydon preferred to work in television rather than the movies.

In this episode, he plays a murderer whom Josh has just brought into Mesa City. Boy, Lydon, especially with a three-day old beard, looks a lot older than the fresh-faced kid of "Life With Father." I wouldn't have recognized him, frankly, if I hadn't seen the credits.

The sheriff played by Dehner, is familiar with the killer and wants to kill him before there is any trail, but only if he tries to escape. Murdock remarks to Josh, "when you walk out that door, know that you just killed me." Josh doesn't know what he's talking about, but finds out the next day and follows the sheriff who is transporting Murdock to the city where he supposed to be tried. Josh fears the sheriff may shoot the prisoner, so he quickly rides off and catches up to the two. (Josh also wants to make sure he gets his reward money.)

Most of the story is what happens on that trip, which includes a gunfight with Mexican bandits. Also, the story makes us wonder if Murdock is guilty or not.

This was a decent episode with a good ending, one that was not hokey or predictable, which is one of the reasons this was a great TV series. You never were quite sure what was going to happen in the end. It wasn't always a surprise, but it wasn't the usual many times, too.

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