Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Josh is resting in Benson when two bounty hunters bring in a man - the mayor - dead. Although the man was wanted, the sheriff and others want nothing to do with the pair. When they disrupt Josh's plans, he concocts a trap for them.


R.G. Springsteen


Daniel B. Ullman (as Dan Ullman)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Pat Crowley ... Helen Martin
Charles Aidman ... Ralph M. Meadows
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... Al Calico Jarrett
King Calder ... Sheriff Don Neely
Charles Seel ... Bartender
C. Lindsay Workman ... Waiter (as Lindsay Workman)


Josh is in Benson for a bit of vacation when two bounty hunters, Ralph Meadows and Al Jarrett, arrive with a dead man. The man is wanted but he was the mayor of Benson so his murder does not go over well with Sheriff Don Neely and the citizens. Their unethical methods offend Josh and he wants nothing to do with them. Josh tries to mind his own business but they think he's waiting for a big score and want in on it. Not realizing Josh is also a bounty hunter, the owner of the saloon/restaurant, Helen Martin, takes an interest in Josh by introducing herself. Finding her beautiful as well as intriguing Josh asks her to join him for a midnight buggy ride. However, Meadows and Jarrett's constant surveillance soon wears on Josh when Jarrett starts to follow Josh and Helen plus their presence in Benson is driving business away from town. He devises a scheme using Helen's talent to pit the two against each other. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

31 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Crowley Adds Class
28 September 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Randall enters a town for a little relaxation and vacation but soon afterward, two bad bounty hunters come in with a dead man they shot for a $500 reward. While waiting for their money, which they are told could take up to 10 days, they decide to hang around since they figure Randall must be waiting for some wanted man to come into town. (Greedy people think that way.) To get Randall's potential (they think) money, they offer to be partners but Josh turns them down. They stalk him all over town, even while he is trying to make time with a pretty woman ("Helen Martin," played by Pat Crowley). Randall takes offense to that and beats up one of the stalkers.

Since bounty hunters are thought of as pariahs in this town, Miss Martin, who co-owns a fancy restaurant in town, doesn't want to be seen with Josh after she finds out he, too, is a bounty hunter.

However, it quickly becomes apparent to her, the sheriff and everyone else that the town would be better off without those two bad bounty-men, so Josh, with the aid of "woman" who has artistic talents, devises a plan to set the two hunters against each other.

In all, a "fair" episode, elevated in my rating by Crowley who wasn't just a pretty face but a good actress. She's been a television actress since the '50s and is still going strong at the age of 77.

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