Wanted Dead or Alive: Season 1
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The hit television series that launched the career of big-screen legend Steve McQueen - Wanted: Dead or Alive - Season One has all 36 episodes featured on 4 DVDs, for hours of entertainment for fans new and old!
Josh Randall (McQueen) was not a typical rough-hewn bounty hunter of the Old West; he was a consummate gentleman who many times gave away half - or even all - of his reward money to charity. He was a man of few words and he carried a Winchester sawed-off rifle, which he wore on his belt and fondly called his "Mare's Leg". Originally aired on CBS from 1958 - 1961, Wanted: Dead or Alive was the TV series that launched Steve McQueen back into the film industry in the western classic The Magnificent Seven.
Guest stars included James Coburn, James Best, Michael Landon, Warren Oates, and DeForest Kelley.
The Martin Poster
Passing of Shawnee Bill
The Giveaway Gun
Ransom for a Nun
Miracle at Pot Hole
The Fourth Headstone
Til Death Do Us Part
Sheriff of Red Rock
Die by the Gun
Eight Cent Reward
Drop to Drink
Six-Up to Bannach
Reunion for Revenge
Call Your Shot
The Kovack Affair
Bounty for a Bride
Angels of Vengeance
Top customer reviews
Other than the, mostly, surprisingly good episodes the xtras are kind enough (entertaining) to reveal quick blunders that Steve suffered while working on WANTED - SEASON 1. Two involve Steve "Josh Randall" McQueen's sawed off Winchester '92 rifle. On one occasion he fumbles to 'holster' his rifle; and on another occasion "Randall" attempts to twirl his rifle from behind an opening door where Steve can be seen trying not to wince as his fingers are pinched. The actors around him rather impressively do not react to this 'not too cool' looking rifle mishap.
This was a great buy (cheap, $8.50) with Warren Oates making a convincing bad guy appearance; and for someone like me I enjoyed seeing B-movie actress Gloria Talbot (from underrated sci-fi, horror flick I Married A Monster from Outer Space that same year...1958) making a nice "cowgirl" appearance looking (again could be me) quite fetching in her blue jeans while riding her horse rather well. I also got to enjoy a 'cat fight' (I know, me) that "Randall" does not over react to but breaks up appropriately; maybe somewhat impressed by the girl's (Talbot's) fiery nature.
But, don't misunderstand. WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE- SEASON 1 has a tough, gritty tone-style that is certainly economically efficient and 'rarely' predictable. Occasional humor is intentional: Everybody can go for "...a bottle of smiles..." some time.
All compliments aside, even with the inexpensive price, I doubt I will purchase all 3 seasons.
Other xtras feature is bio of McQueen that is all "reading" material but the Life In The Fast Lane documentary is about an hour long and can be watched at/in, approximately, 10 minute, 6 part segments shown at the end of each disc.
I also did not know 4 Star Productions (who put WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE together as well as a show called Trackdown with Robert Culp...see Bonus material) was founded by actors turned director/producers Dick Powell and Ida Lupino.
Interesting tidbit to me.
Finally, I was surprised to realize I like WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE (SEASON 1) better than Have Gun/Will Travel.
Never thought I would own Steve McQueen's tv show (SEASON 1) before any of Richard Boone's (more popular?) "Palladin" western saga.
McQueen consciously played Josh Randall against the TV western hero stereotype. In the show, bounty hunters are disliked as ruthless mercenaries not much removed from the criminals they hunted down. In addition, Randall is portrayed as an ex-Confederate soldier and laconic loner, capable of quick and lethal violence. However, McQueen gives Randall significant depth of character, with his own quiet but strong sense of justice and compassion that is frequently at odds with his occupation. McQueen gave Randall his own distinctive understated style, along with a unique sidearm, a sawed-off Winchester '94.
"Wanted: Dead or Alive" was a good TV show with formula-breaking plots packed into short 30 minute action shows, in which Josh Randall often took the side of wronged men, women and children. Production values are pretty simple compared to today's shows, with minimal special effects, but this is still good entertainment and highly recommended to fans of Steve McQueen.
So for McQueen fans and western collectors this collection is a must have. Now where the heck is season 2?