Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Kovack Affair 

Josh comes to the aid of his old friend Jesse, who is being strong-armed into selling the Outrider Hotel and Saloon owned by his beautiful girlfriend who wants no violence by self-proclaimed mayor and town bully Peter Kovack.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Josh Randall
... Meghan Francis
... Jesse Holloway
... Peter Kovack
Mel Carter ... Howard the Hotel Clerk
... Bartender
Bobby Clark ... Shoeshine Boy


Josh walks across the muddy street to check into The Outrider House. He stops to clean his muddy shoes for the shoeshine boy outside but a heavyset man ignores the boy even after Josh tries to convince him to help keep the posh hotel clean. As Josh prepares to go to his room a beautiful woman comes down the stairs. When she catches him watching, she speaks to him. When the clerk says his name, she realizes Josh is there to see Jesse Holloway who manages the property for her. Jesse tells Josh she owns the Outrider after bringing it from Wichita. Their problem is that she borrowed money from Peter Kovack for a contract to run the gambling for a year but now he wants the whole property. Kovack enters without knocking saying he is giving Meghan one last chance but Jesse throws him out. Jesse wants Josh to be the pit boss to catch Kovack's card sharks but their talk is interrupted by the sound of the saloon being destroyed and Jesse won't stop them. Josh prepares to leave until Jesse ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 March 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Josh Randall: [to Meghan] Listen to me. If you want a man to do a job, don't take away his tools.
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McQueen Comes To The Aid Of Coburn
12 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Josh is called by a friend (and famous actor) James Coburn to help him run a bad guy out of town. It seems "Jesse Holloway" (Coburn) had a girlfriend "Meghan Francis" (Jean Willes), who owns a hotel/saloon and a crook has a one-year part ownership in the saloon. He runs a crooked game and wants more than a one-year deal on it. He made himself town mayor and the like, meaning he has power and influence to do whatever he likes.

The man, "Peter Kovack" (Jacques Aubuchon) gets rough, getting his men to trash the saloon and then beating up Coburn. Josh then decides it's about time he handle the situation....and that he does!

Nice to see Coburn play a good guy, for once, which helped make this pleasing episode. It's nothing super, but a solid story, and another reason to make me glad I purchased this DVD set.

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