Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Fourth Headstone 

When Josh as a favor to a friend escorts a beautiful woman to a trial that could see her hang for killing her husband, her lover, and a foreman, she uses all her seductive charm on him to convince him she is really innocent.

Director:

Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)

Writer:

Frank D. Gilroy
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Rusty Lane ... Sheriff Sam Gladstone
Russ Conway ... Sheriff Pete Link
Earle Hodgins ... Stableman
Mona Freeman ... Jackie Harris
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Storyline

As Josh prepares to leave a town he notices an election poster for an old friend, Sheriff Sam Gladstone. He decides to visit Sam who is happy to see him but has a problem. He needs someone to transport a prisoner back for trial. With no deputies available, Josh offers to escort the prisoner back which is a three day trip each way as a friendly gesture. Before Sam gives him the job, he requests Josh accompany him to the graveyard where he shows Josh the three tombstones of the murder victims. The suspected triple murderer is almost certain to hang. What Randall didn't anticipate was the prisoner being a beautiful young woman who insists she's innocent of the three killings. Sheriff Pete Link holding the prisoner can't believe she is capable of murder himself. On the trip back Josh finds her to be a very pleasant and even helpful prisoner. She even chases down and returns his horse which ran away at one point resulting in Josh wondering if he wants to return her to face a hanging. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Josh remarks to Jackie that old age runs in his family and he'd hate to spoil the record. Steve McQueen died in 1980 at age 50 from cancer. McQueen's father, William Terence McQueen died in November 1958 (10 days after the air date) at the age of 52. McQueen's mother, Julia Ann Crawford, only lived to 55, passing away in October 1965. See more »

Goofs

The accused murderer, Jackie Harris, is supposed to have come from Oklahoma City. Yet the year when she was alleged to have murdered the three men was 1877. Oklahoma City did not exist until 1889. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Harris: [while Randall ties her hands with rope] You're a very cautious man, Mr. Randall.
Josh Randall: Old age runs in my family, Miss Harris. I'd hate to spoil the record.
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The 4th Headstone
25 May 2014 | by jmarcheseSee all my reviews

Josh Randall pays a surprise visit to old friend Sheriff Sam Gladstone in Apam and while there offers to assist him by transferring a prisoner back to Apam from North Springs, a 3 day's ride away. Gladstone has serious concerns over this arrangement. Reminding Randall about the seriousness of the matter, he sends Josh on his way.

When Randall picks up the prisoner Jackie Harris (played by the beautiful Mona Freeman,) he is dumbfounded. It just does not add up. Along the way home Jackie has a couple of chances to escape but does not capitalize. The charges must certainly be false and Jackie insists the same.

She then comes on to Josh; and she's hard to resist. The ending could not have been thought out and executed any better. Twenty minutes of suspense and excellent dialog are a testament to superb screen writing, acting, and directing, and make this my favorite of all 95 "Wanted Dead Or Alive" episodes.


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