Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Josh and Jason are on the trail of a karate expert accused of killing his employer. However, his karate ability puts Josh on the sidelines with a broken rib while Jason takes over to track him but hopefully with a healthy respect for him.


George Blair


John Tomerlin

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Wright King Wright King ... Jason Nichols
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Sammy Wong
Richard Crane ... Paul Cameron
Chubby Johnson ... Chalmly Cove
Stuart Randall ... Mr. Cummings


In Railton, Kansas Josh sends a wire to Jason in Green Branch, Nebraska that he has found the trail of Sammy Wong and to join him. As he walks to the door of the saloon two men are thrown out followed by a oriental man telling them to stay out. Upon entering Josh asks the bartender if a Sammy Wong works there. The bouncer confirms he is Wong as one of the two men reenters. Sammy takes him down with a chop followed by a chop at Josh's side knocking him out. At Dr. Russell's office the man leaves with a broken arm while Josh is trussed up with a wood cage to support his ribs. Paul Cameron who put the $500 bounty on Wong explains the Korean is a karate expert who killed his father. Josh unable to continue the search volunteers Jason with a warning to keep distance between him and Wong. Jason tracks Wong back to Hastings, Nebraska where he is working on a railroad track crew but Jason doesn't know him among the oriental members of the crew. Josh has to help but not all is as it seems. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The telegraph Jason sends for Josh is dated February 7, 1867. See more »

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Josh Ends Up On A Wong-Way Street
21 December 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Martial-arts TV shows and movies of several decades ago (Kung Fu, The Karate Kid, Bruce Lee movies, etc.) began a little craze in the Western World at the time but when this American western TV episode ran, not much was known about karate, and forms of it. That's why it had to be explained here in this episode which ran in March of 1960.

Josh and his now-regular partner "Jason Nichols" are hired to bring in "Sammy Wong," a dangerous karate-expert who, allegedly, killed someone. The person hiring is the grown-up son of the elder man killed. When Josh finds out where he is, and tries to take him in, he gets "chopped" right in the ribs and is laid up for a week. It's now Jason's job to capture Wong, who now is on the run. After a few days's rest, a very-sore Josh gets a telegram from Jason asking for help. Although he's unable to ride a horse with his injuries. he rents a buck-wagon and meets his partner to confront to dangerous Korean.

What happens, with a big (but not unpredictable) twist at the end, I'll leave that up to you so see. I found it on the Wanted: Dead Or Alive DVD of Season Two. By the way, the transfers on these old shows are excellent.

Finally, a note on Robert Kino, who played "Wong." Kino was last seen in a "Seinfeld" episode, believe-it-or-not. Fiinding a bio of this actor is almost impossible. IMDb has nothing, nor does any other place I've looked. It's all very mysterious.

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