Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Season
1
Episode
13

Sheriff of Red Rock (29 Nov. 1958)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Western


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Josh is bushwhacked by bounty hunters in cahoots with the local sheriff, who now must keep Josh from blowing the whistle on their illegal but lucrative "bounty game". He finds himself in jail with his quarry and as new quarry.


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23 May 2019 | ebertip
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| Parable for the 21st Century?
The title is "Sheriff of Red Rock" and yes there is a Red Rock, New Mexico near Gallup in Native American country. The sheriff, played by Frank Silvera, has worked the town for 17 years but is now supplementing his income with the "bounty game." So the set-up is low paid well respected civil servant gone bad. The 1958 depiction of an 1870s western town shows the judge does not want to believe outsider Josh and is biased toward believing the locals and the sheriff. In the morality of a 1958 tv western, bad guy Stoner (played by James West) quickly comes clean, leading to a final confrontation among the sheriff, the judge and Josh. One wonders in the real life of the 21st century, whether this scene plays out differently with local judge backing the sheriff's play? Perhaps the value of this episode is in comparing 1958 to the early 21st century.

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