Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Bounty on Josh 

Josh rides into a town looking for a man who asked him to come there for a job that pays $500. When he goes to the man's room at the hotel, Josh is shot. He must figure out who shot him but the sheriff is ordering him out of town.


Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)


Ed Adamson




Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Jean Allison ... Carol Frazer
Rhys Williams ... Doctor
Michael Greene ... Sheriff Willis (as Michael Green)
Jay Adler ... Ferris
Ric Applewhite Ric Applewhite ... Bartender
Jerry Lawrence Jerry Lawrence ... Drunk (as Jerry C. Lawrence)


Josh rides down a deserted street into the town of Holbrook on a cold windy night. After entering the hotel, he rings for the clerk before going to the stove to warm himself. The clerk from another room says they are full but Josh asks what room George Newcomb is in to which the clerk Ferris replies, "Room nine." Josh goes upstairs to the room and knocks. No one answers but suddenly he is shot and passes out in the floor. When he awakes, he is in the room of Carol Frazer who has Sheriff Willis with her. He asks Josh who shot him but Josh has no idea. Willis tells Josh he won't put up with trouble in town. He tells him to go see the doctor and leave town. Josh makes his way to the doctor who patches him up but he is unable to use his sidearm. He goes to his horse where he gets his derringer. He tries to get a drink at the saloon but the bartender refuses to serve him and he closes the saloon. Carol earlier made him an offer to return to her room so he does where things start to come ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 January 1961 (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 says Frank Belden was a fugitive he delivered on his first time out. In the series premiere, no one named Belden was listed. See more »


Before picking up the wanted poster, Josh locks the door while holding the derringer in his left hand. Since his right hand was disabled and he was holding the gun the whole time, he could not have locked the door. See more »

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Donner Directs This One With Excellent Film Noir Feel
26 October 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was an outstanding episode and perhaps the first (and only?) "Wanted: Dead Or Alive" that had a strong film noir look it. The direction and photography in here are outstanding: pure noir with tons of light and shadows and cool camera angles.

The story is a tough, brooding one and if you didn't know there were more episodes, you'd get nervous thinking the could be the end of "Josh Randall" (Steve McQueen.). It was that dark and intense a story!

Richard D. Donner directed this episode. Yes, he's the movie director who went on to big fame with Superman, all the Lethal Weapon films, The Omen, Ladyhawke, Maverick and other successful films. Donner directed a lot of TV shows before he got into movies, this one being one of his first. He directed four episodes in Wanted: Dead Or Alive's final season here. His career began just a year earlier with a Zane Grey Theater episode in 1960.

Richard Greene, as "Sheriff Willis" and Jay Adler as "Ferris" lended sharply to film noir atmosphere with hardened and spooking characters, respectively. McQueen did his usual superb job.

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