Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Sheriff of Red Rock 

Josh is bushwhacked by bounty hunters in cahoots with the local sheriff, who now must keep Josh from blowing the whistle on their illegal but lucrative "bounty game". He finds himself in jail with his quarry and as new quarry.


Thomas Carr


Philip Saltzman

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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Joe Mantell ... Orv Daniels
Frank Silvera ... Sheriff Will Eckert
John Litel ... Judge George Healy
Gordon Polk Gordon Polk ... Evans
Francis De Sales ... Doctor (as Francis DeSales)
James Best ... Stoner


Josh is bringing Orv Daniels in for the bounty when they are ambushed by two men. Josh is quickly forced to give up when he is encircled. The men Stoner and Evans tell Josh they do all the bounty hunting in the area and they will take Daniels. When Josh argues, Stoner makes Daniels believe he is going to release him. However, Stoner shoots Daniels in the back as he rides off. Josh uses the distraction to escape and recapture the wounded Daniels. Upon arriving at the sheriff's office with Daniels, Josh is confronted by Stoner and Evans who say Daniels is theirs. The sheriff jails Daniels and Josh while calling the doctor to tend to Daniels. The sheriff is in fact working with Stoner and Evans. He lets prisoners escape and they return them for the bounty. Realizing Daniels and Josh can land them in trouble, they allow them to escape planning to "eliminate" the problem. Josh realizing the setup warns Daniels not to leave but he does and is killed. Josh uses the opportunity to fake his ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After escaping, when Josh shoots the first man on a horse, he throws his gun high into the air as he falls off and it is seen going far away from his horse. When the man is on the ground the gun is a couple of feet away from him. See more »


Josh Randall: I don't plan on staying a wanted man. I'll be back, and it's either going to be slung over the side of a horse, or I'll come back with enough proof to split this wide open.
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Parable for the 21st Century?
23 May 2019 | by ebertipSee all my reviews

The title is "Sheriff of Red Rock" and yes there is a Red Rock, New Mexico near Gallup in Native American country. The sheriff, played by Frank Silvera, has worked the town for 17 years but is now supplementing his income with the "bounty game." So the set-up is low paid well respected civil servant gone bad. The 1958 depiction of an 1870s western town shows the judge does not want to believe outsider Josh and is biased toward believing the locals and the sheriff. In the morality of a 1958 tv western, bad guy Stoner (played by James West) quickly comes clean, leading to a final confrontation among the sheriff, the judge and Josh. One wonders in the real life of the 21st century, whether this scene plays out differently with local judge backing the sheriff's play? Perhaps the value of this episode is in comparing 1958 to the early 21st century.

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