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May 26 2008, 03:12 PM #16

Wanted; Dead or Alive is an American Western television show that ran for three seasons from 1958 to 1961,starred Steve McQueen as Josh Randall.The series Was a spin-off of Trackdown (1957-59 ),a western TV series featuring Robert Culp as a Texas Ranger.
Josh Randall is a bounty hunter with a relatively soft heart.He often donates his earnings to the needy,and will help his prisoners if wrongly accused.
Randall carries a shortened Winchester 1892 Model carbine,called the "Mare's Leg,"in a holster patterned after "gunslinger"rigs then popular in movies and television.(This 1892 gun is anachronistic since Josh Randall is referred to in many episodes as a Confederate States of America Army veteran.)
As far as I know TG4 is showing this western series on the 3rd June. :D

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May 26 2008, 04:12 PM #17

If Wanted: Dead or Alive was set in 1982, Josh must have been in the Diaper Brigade in the Civil War!
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May 26 2008, 04:50 PM #18

1982 Nicholas? Mj states 1892. ??? ;) I watched some colorized episodes of this series when I lived in England and to be honest I wasn't impressed. It didn't make me want to see more. Maybe I saw weak episodes. It'll be interesting to see if you like them Mj.
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May 26 2008, 04:58 PM #19

mjmcnulty @ May 26 2008, 03:12 PM wrote:Wanted; Dead or Alive
As far as I know TG4 is showing this western series on the 3rd June. :D

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I think this is already showing on TG4...I think it's on four mornings each week, I saw one episode... and that was about three or four weeks ago!!!

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May 27 2008, 11:47 AM #20

I meant 1892,Paul, I'm just more used to typing years from the 20th century! Its on tomorrow and Thursday morming at 11.30,I must have a look. I think I saw a few episodes some years ago, I'm not sure where, maybe the same place you saw them. I was interested in your description of Josh's gun,I have some comments to make on The V and Trampas' guns in MFS that I'll post under that heading. Josh Randall was also the name of Robert Lipton's father in The Sins of the Father, the scriptwriter must have been loking at WDOL some time before and the name stuck in his mind! There's a footballer in Escape to Victory called Doug Clure!
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Jun 21 2008, 03:29 PM #21



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Jul 2 2008, 11:24 PM #22

I've only seen a couple of Wanted:Dead or Alive episodes on TG4 recently, the one with John Dehner that I mentioned and one or two others.The most recent one I recorded and it had Warren Oates and Wayne Rogers in it, but TG4 cut the end credits, so I went to Des Martin's guide for the show to check it was Oates and Rogers. I noticed a lot of the episodes were directed by Donald McDougal (Don to V fans) and written by Tom Gries, who wrote and directed Will Penny. Don Brinckley was also a writer, wasn't he a newscaster? The episode "Crossroads" had John McIntire and Clu Gulager in it. Other V regulars in episodes included James Drury, Ross Elliott and Royal Dano. Sean McClory was also in one, as well as Dyan Cannon, James Coburn and Mary Tyler Moore. Steve McQueen played twins in a Trackdown episode, starring Robert Culp, an earlier episode serving as the pilot for WDOA. I looked at the guides for a few other westerns from Four Star, Noah Beery played a Mexican bandit named El Gato in one, his uncle Wallace played Pancho Villa in Viva Villa! in 1934. Karl Swenson played a character named Svenson in one, and later played one named ......Karl Swenson in Run Away Home (Correct me if I'm wrong,Paul) , and Ross Elliott played Ben Johnson in another! JD was also in an episode of a short-lived western, Blacksaddle in 1959. Many of the same actors turned up in these shows and later in The V. I must check out more of them.
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Jul 3 2008, 03:21 AM #23

It's one big repertory company Nicholas. When you see the number of different productions these actors have appeared in you can understand how an episode a fan views as memorable might have been just another job to a guest star. Some actors have no memory of episodes they've worked on because they all merge after time. Others such as John Saxon have a very clear memory of episodes.
And if you recall from my book Harrison Ford had no memory of working with John Saxon on "The Virginian" episode.
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Jul 3 2008, 11:14 AM #24

Harrison Ford did mention The Virginian and Doug in early interviews, but as I now know didn't actually work with Doug in either of the episodes he was in, Doug wasn't in The Modoc Kid, that Ford was introduced in and had the biggest of his two V roles, and although Doug was in the second one ( I can't remember which one) that Ford really only had a bit part in, they never shared a scene, so Ford was remembering the show, not Doug, but just mentioned him as being in it.
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