Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Monster 

Josh is determined to debunk the dire menace posed by a marauding monster that has smashed mining camps, decimated an Indian village and that has the residents of nearby Nugget City hiding behind locked doors.




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Episode complete credited cast:
... Josh Randall
... Khorba
... Hannah
... Indian Boy (as Eugene Martin)
... Assay Clerk
... Sheriff
... Prospector


Josh is riding in open country when he spots a young Shawnee Indian boy running scared ahead. He catches the frightened boy who after clutching Josh says his village was destroyed by a monster. They hear a loud bellow or roar in the distance as Josh and the boy mount the horse. Josh takes the boy to his village on the reservation but finds it destroyed along with a couple of bodies but no one there alive. The boy says his people ran away. Josh takes him to Nugget City where he enters the Sheriff's office finding the Sheriff holding a gun on him. After saying why he is there, the Sheriff confirms that a monster is on the prowl that has destroyed a mining camp scaring everyone to stay indoors. There is a $200 reward for stopping the monster but no one will help. A man enters saying there is a man in the saloon who saw the monster. The Sheriff, Josh and the boy follow hearing the scared man describe confronting the monster but in a direction counter to Josh's experience. Josh with the ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Hannah: There's a job for you too, if you want it.
Josh Randall: Y'know, tomorrow afternoon about this time I'm gonna think of a good reason why I didn't stay. But right now, I better be goin'. I'll see ya now, hear?
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An Elephant In A Western Tale? Yup!
16 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is an odd story, which is one reason I like this old television show: they vary the stories quite a bit. I mean, how many westerns do you see where an elephant is the killer? Actually, it's his evil trainer behind it all, played by famous actor Martin Landau. That is revealed about halfway through the show and is a neat twist. However, the ending, to be honest, is very predictable and one you can see a mile away.

The female actress in here was a beautiful woman with a strange first name: "Bek." She was Bek Nelson and cut quite a figure, too, more like today's actresses than those of her era. Her career was almost entirely on TV and lasted a little over a decade. According to the IMDb trivia section, Bek was married to one of Steve McQueen's good friends, Don Gordon..

Anyway, it's another interesting show, and always fun to watch the charismatic, late-great McQueen in the lead role as "Josh Randall."

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