Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Josh is approached by the wife of a wanted man eager to turn himself in peacefully, provided Josh splits the bounty with his wife. To ensure the deal goes as planned, Josh enlists the aid of an old friend: Sheriff Pat Garrett.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Toni Gerry Toni Gerry ... Anne Nelson
Richard Devon ... Gar Foley
Walter Sande ... Sheriff Pat Garret
Jean Willes ... Ruth
John Hackett John Hackett ... Ted Nelson


Josh in a casino at Almagordo eating a steak when Gar Foley sits down with him. He warns Josh to stay away from Ted Nelson followed by a fight between them with Josh kicking Foley out of the casino. He returns to his seat joined by the bar maid Ruth. Sheriff Pat Garret walks in and sits down with Josh. Although they are friends, he tells Josh he bit off a large bite with Foley. Pat wants no gun play in town so he tells Josh he must leave town. As Pat walks out another woman walks in asking to talk to Josh in private. She is Anne Nelson wife of outlaw Ted Nelson who is also a friend of Josh. She tells Josh she wants Ted to turn himself in. Since he has never killed anyone, he would get prison time only and then return to her. Josh agrees to meet Ted but realizes Foley may follow. Josh stops him and ties him to a tree. Ted says he will give himself up if Josh gives half the reward to Anne to let her return to her family and forget him. After agreeing, Josh returns to town where he makes... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 February 1959 (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?


Josh Randall encounters and is revealed to be a friend of historical figure Pat Garrett (1850-1908), the sheriff best known for doggedly pursuing and finally killing Billy the Kid on July 14, 1881. See more »


In the first few minutes, Josh is in a bar sitting at a table and a man comes to fight him. Josh stands up and gives him a backslap and the fight ensues. It's not Steve McQueen in the fight, it's his stand-in wearing a blonde wig. As they fight, "Josh" is down low and his wig flips up, very visibly. See more »


Josh Randall: Well, I'm not lookin' for trouble, Pat.
Sheriff Pat Garret: Trouble has a way of finding you.
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References Duel in the Sun (1946) See more »

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A Strange Story, With An Even-Stranger Ending
7 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a very interesting episode with a diverse group of people: a wanted man (an old friend of Josh Randall) who volunteers to be taken in by Josh so that he can give some of the reward money to his wife, so that she has enough money to go back home; the devoted wife, who doesn't know her husband's plans; a nasty guy trying to get the reward money himself, stalking Josh and then Josh and the wife as they ride out to talk to the wanted man; the sheriff who is friends with Josh but wants him out of his town and then helps him later.......on and on.

This is a strange story and the ending is really strange, not something you'd expect.

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