Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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Secret Ballot 

At the request of his friend's wife, Randall comes to assist and protect a war buddy in his bid for the town's mayoralty, quickly running afoul of the established political machine and its corrupt mayor and wanted sheriff.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


Don Brinkley


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Wayne Morris ... Mayor Barney Pax
Bethel Leslie ... Carole Easter
DeForest Kelley ... Sheriff Steve Pax
Mary Beth Hughes ... Dolly King
John Lupton ... Ned Easter


As Josh rides into town he notices a banner across the street promoting his Civil ?War friend Ned Easter for mayor. As he dismounts a man uses a rope to pull the banner down. Josh confronts him but decides to walk away when the man is joined by others including Sheriff Steve Pax. Josh finds his friend and wife Carole at Ned's election headquarters. Josh was asked by Carole to come help Ned but when he starts to mention it, Carole quickly pushes Ned out the door to speak at a rally. After he leaves, she tells Josh she doesn't want Ned to know she asked him to come and that Ned needs help against the mayor and his brother the sheriff who run a corrupt system. Noise outside causes Josh to run out in time to see a man rope Ned and start dragging him. Josh fires to stop it as Mayor Barney Pax fires at his brother to stop him from shooting Josh. Barney apologizes and invites everyone for drinks on him essentially hijacking the event for his benefit. When Josh reveals Sheriff Steve Pax is ... Written by Anonymous

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14 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mayor Barney Pax: [fuming after Randall escapes] I'm going to put a price on his head and a target on his back. I'm going to post his face on every tree in the territory. He won't be able to travel ten feet in the daylight without some bounty hunter putting a bullet through the back of his head. He's gonna live like a gopher and die like a coyote.
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Politics Down-And-Dirty
2 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Good acting and an intense, involving story make this a very interesting episode. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. Our hero, Josh Randal,l performs an selfless act but a lying, power-hungry woman gets away with something.

This episode shows how dirty political races are nothing new. This one is very bad as a candidate kills his own brother just to get votes in the battle for mayor of a town. He's corrupt as can be, even wanted in another state for murder, but he seems to have the upper hand on his opponent, "Ned Easter," an old friend of Josh Randall.

Josh tries to help with in the election but the whole thing turns uglier and uglier as it goes on. Saying more would ruin it, so I'll stop here, except to give a plug to Bethel Leslie, Wayne Morris and DeForest Kelley for their guest performances.

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