Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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A House Divided 

An attractive woman hires Josh for $1000 to clear her father on a false murder charge in a town that is not very welcoming to Josh. Meanwhile, the real killer who tried to run Josh out of town hires Jason to kill Josh for $100.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Eduard Franz ... Bayard Cole
Helen Westcott ... Amanda Cole
Stafford Repp ... Clete Cole
Don Gordon ... Buff Cole
Wright King ... Jason Nichols


Josh who received a letter offering him a job rides into town to find the stableman and hotel clerk warning him to leave town. After checking in at the hotel, he goes to his room and is knocked out as he enters. The next morning after waking up he goes to the saloon to meet his contact - the attractive Amanda Cole - only to find the saloon busted up. Amanda asks him to come to her room where she explains she will pay him $500 now and another $500 when he proves her father Bayard is innocent of a murder charge. They ride out to a house where Bayard explains his situation. He and his half-brother Clete share ownership of a ranch and he is afraid of Clete and his son Buff. Meanwhile, Jason rides into to town looking for Josh. He runs into Buff Cole who offers him $50 now and an additional $50 when done to kill Josh which Jason accepts. Josh returns to his hotel to find Jason waiting for him. Upon comparing stories they concoct a plan of action to solve the situation. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening scene, a character tells Josh he's lived 50 odd years and wants Josh to do the same. Steve McQueen would die at age 50 from cancer. See more »


The stableman is played by Raymond Hatton, who says he has lived over 50 years. In fact, Hatton was age 72 as of the February 1960 air date. Born in 1887, Hatton lived until age 84, passing away in 1971. Hatton had over 400 confirmed acting credits from 1912-1967, which were over 50 years. See more »

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Asking A Lot Out Of 'Josh'
2 December 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Boy, some people ask too much. In this episode, poor "Josh Randall," after getting knocked out by someone hiding inside his hotel room, finds out from the client the next morning that she ("Amama Cross") wants Josh: 1 - to save her father from being hanged; 2 - figure out who killed someone; 3 - then prove it was him and not her father. To complicate matters further, her father is wanted by the law and there is a bounty out on him.

"I don't do detective work," Josh tells her, but she expects him to do everything here for her for $500.....and, of course, Randall - being the good guy he is - finally agrees even though a couple of people in town are trying to kill him before he even begins the case!

Don Gordon guest-stars as the villain. Man, he always was good in that role, whether it was on TV or in the movies. Although retired from acting, Gordon had a long career.

There are a number of sub-plots in this story, too, concerning a few people, most in the "Cole" family.....and I'll leave at that. In all, another intelligent and well-done episode.

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