Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
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The Healing Woman 

Josh embarks on a mission of mercy when he pleads with the parents of a boy with appendicitis to let the doctor operate. The father, embittered against modern medicine, trusts only the local witch to cure his son's sickness.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


Charles Beaumont (teleplay), Charles Beaumont (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Josh Randall
Mort Mills ... Tom Summers
Virginia Gregg ... Amanda Summers
James Westerfield ... Dr. Langland
Helen Kleeb ... Mag Blake
Paul Engle ... Ted Bridges


Josh rides into town with a sick boy looking for a doctor but everyone tells him to take the boy away. He finds Dr. Langland who examines the boy, Cary Summers. He finds Cary has appendicitis but he refuses to operate without permission. Meanwhile, another boy Ted Bridges, finds Cary's parents to tell them what happened. He had warned Josh not to take Cary to the doctor. Cary's dad Tom shows up at the doctor's office to remove Cary to take him to Mag Blake who is a local faith healer who believes in Indian spells and curses. Tom threatens Josh if Cary dies. Tom's father was operated on for a serious illness but died during the operation so Tom refuses to use or believe in doctors. Josh decides to ride out to see Amanda Summers, the mother, telling her how serious Cary is but Tom runs Josh off. Later, the doctor and Josh are in the saloon having a drink while realizing Cary will soon die. While there Amanda walks in to see the doctor and decides to let him operate but they must contend... Written by Anonymous

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12 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Josh Randall: Doctors are men, not magicians. They make mistakes. But they're learning.
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What's Up, Doc?
14 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Like the opening episode, this deals with a 12-year-old but unlike the first week, this boy is sick. He has a ruptured appendix and needs an operation, pronto.

Josh found the very ill boy out in the woods and brought him into town. At first, someone tells him that no doctor for a hundred will touch this kid. Soon, we find out why. His hot- tempered father had a bad experience with doctor's once in which his dad died after an operation. Now, he wants no doctor handling his kid. He says "all doctors are butchers" and won't listen to reason, and says if his boy dies he's going to hold Randall responsible because he didn't bring the kid right to him. (Randall didn't know there was a family nearby, only seeing the sick kid and bringing him straight to town to a doctor.)

The father wind up bringing his boy to some mystical-type "healer," some woman who really has no medical knowledge, just some crackpot, but this boy needs an operation which is a lot more than this woman can offer Josh has to do what he can to help save the kid. Well, he doesn't "have" to but, being the good guy he is, "wants" to help because it's the right thing to do.

He thinks he might get somewhere with the boy's mother, hoping she isn't as pig-headed as the father. Mort Mills and Virgina Gregg, two regulars on TV, play the father and mother, respectively.

These Wanted: Dead Or Alive stories are not your typical westerns with gunslingers every week. Many times, such as the first two weeks of this season, they involve other things, very human stories.

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