Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Ransom for a Nun 

Randall is deputized to transport a ruthless killer to Tucson, but exchanges him for the nun kidnapped by the killer's gang. The nettlesome nun then becomes a thorn in his side as he sets out to recapture his prisoner.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


Fred Freiberger

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Lillian Bronson ... Mother Superior
George Brenlin George Brenlin ... Lon Kidder
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff
Terry Frost ... Harry Wilson
Claire Griswold Claire Griswold ... Sister Grace (as Claire Griswald)


The saloon where Josh is playing cards suddenly goes quiet when two nuns enter. The Mother Superior walks over to Josh who stands as she approaches. She tells him that one of their novices, Sister Grace, who is seventeen was taken hostage by members of Lon Kidder's gang who want him returned. Kidder, a confessed murderer, is being held by the Sheriff in the local jail awaiting transport to Tucson, Arizona. The Sheriff refuses to release Kidder as it would invite the same action from other outlaws. Josh volunteers to take Kidder to Tucson for no pay. The Sheriff goes along realizing Josh has a short detour in mind. Kidder takes Josh to the hideout where Josh makes the switch cleanly. After he and Sister Grace are away from the hideout, he tries to convince her to return to the convent alone but instead she trails him when he returns to the hideout the next morning. The men are gone but Sister Grace tells him they are headed to Mexico via Mission Junction. Josh heads there but finds he ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 October 1958 (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?


Sister Grace: What's your name?
Josh Randall: Josh Randall.
Sister Grace: Joshua. In the Bible the man who fought and won the Battle of Jericho. Were you named after him?
Josh Randall: No, Ma'am. My Uncle Josh. He fought all his life against the bottle. He lost.
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Pretty good... for first season!
25 April 2010 | by rickzSee all my reviews

Part of this episode was filmed in Old Tucson... I recognize the shot of the Mission (you can see it in /Rio Bravo/ ) The saguaro's are obviously from around Tucson. After you watch a few of these episodes, you learn to recognize the same old town, with a few signs changed to let you know that a) All of these western towns look alike and b) A sign painter could make a pretty good living following Josh around!!

Old Tucson is different. It doesn't have the same old dead-end street!!!

The nun is interesting... sort of flirting with Josh. (Was that fair??) Some of these first episodes have been pretty ho-hum, but I liked this one. (My sweetie didn't.)

Senor Reek, Tombstone, AZ

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