Monday, February 9, 2015

On DVD: Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Most people think of Steve McQueen as a movie star, but before films like "The Blob", "The Sand Pebbles", and "Bullitt", there was Wanted: Dead or Alive.

For three seasons, McQueen roamed the Old West as bounty hunter Josh Randall, a rare sort in that he often gave his rewards, albeit anonymously, to charity. How else to make a bounty hunter a positive role model?

Currently, the series airs on Saturday afternoons on Me-TV, and has been run during the wee small hours on weeknights as well.

Let's take a look at a sample clip:

Nearly 30 years later, a feature film, set in the then-present, cast Rutger Hauer as a descendant of Randall's, but it ended up a colossal dud.

Rating: A.


Samuel Wilson said...

I thought you might be wrong about the show being before The Blob but technically you're correct. Wikipedia says Wanted debuted on Sept. 6, 1958 while Blob was released less than one week later on Sept.12.That still means all but one episode were after the film.

hobbyfan said...

Sometimes we get lucky in this business, Sam. I knew Blob was a 1958 release, but I didn't think it was that soon after Wanted: Dead or Alive bowed. I figured it to be more of a Halloween release, given the theme.