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Wanted: Dead or Alive is an American Western television series starring Steve McQueen as the bounty hunter Josh Randall. It aired on CBS for three seasons from 1958-1961. The black-and-white program was a spin-off of a March 1958 episode of Trackdown, a 1957-1959 western series featuring Robert Culp as a Texas Ranger named Hoby Gilman.
McQueen's character of Josh Randall is a Confederate veteran and bounty hunter with a soft heart. He often donates his earnings to the needy and helps his prisoners if they have been wrongly accused. Randall carries a shortened Winchester Model 1892 carbine, called the "Mare's Leg", in a holster patterned after "gunslinger" rigs then popular in movies and television.
The series contains examples of:
- Always Gets His Man
- Bounty Hunter
- The Drifter
- Hand Cannon: the "Mare's Leg"
- Hanging Judge: "Miracle at Pot Hole"
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Sawn-off repeating rifle actually.
- Unorthodox Reload