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Wanted: Dead or Alive

Season 1 Episode 1

The Martin Poster

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Sep 06, 1958 on CBS
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The Martin Poster

After Marshall Jeff Wilcox of Las Tunas is killed by Carl Martin, Carl and Andy escape. Josh knows of the Wanted poster on Andy Martin for robbery, murder, kidnapping and stagecoach holdup and now pursues the murderous brothers.

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  • This is the episode that introduced Steve McQueen as Bounty hunter Josh Randall.

    At the start of the episode, we see Josh Randall ride up to the Sheriff's office to talk to the Sheriff Jeff Wilcox. We pan back to the office where two crooks, who we find out are the Martin brothers who Josh is hunting for, and have a gun on the Sheriff Wilcox. Josh then walks in calling for the Sheriff and sees the guy with the gun on Wilcox. Wicox with his eyes motions to Josh that there is a guy behind the door. He hits the door with his elbow in attempt to stop the guys. Then he fights the other one. As he is fighting he knocks the other one down and turns around to fight the other one. Then Wilcox tries to warn him, that the guy behind him is about ready to hit him in the head with a gun, Josh is hit in the head. Wilcox goes for his gun and is shot twice dead. Josh then as the crooks are escaping shoots one of them. He then goes back to being unconscious and they get away. He is then accused of killing Wilcox. He goes after the bad guys and catches them at their house. He has a shoot out with them and wins. He takes the one that is still alive back to town. They all apologize for accusing him and he gives most of the 1000 reward to Jeff's widow. It was a very good episode.moreless
  • Josh seeks one of the Martin brothers bit ends up chasing both when they kill the lawman holding them and Josh is blamed. Josh escapes and hunts down the two fugitives, finally finding them at their home. Much of the reward he gives to the lawman's widow.moreless

    Great pilot that wasn't. First episode of the show but he had appeared twice in episodes of Robert Culp's "Trackdown." Very good at establishing the character. Plus pre-Bonanza role for Michael Landon and pre-Rebel role for Nick Adams. Dabs Greer, a great character actor who worked with Michael Landon later has a small but pivotal role.
Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Andy Martin

Guest Star

John Cliff

John Cliff

Marshal Jeff Wilcox

Guest Star

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Tom Wade

Guest Star

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