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TrackdownTrackdown ran from 1957-59 and was a popular 'half-hour' episodical western series produced by Four Star Productions. It starred Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. Steve appeared in two episodes:
The Bounty Hunter which Aired 7 March 1958, and The Brothers which Aired 16 May 1958.
The Bounty HunterThis episode was written as a pilot for Steve's own series Wanted: Dead or Alive, in which he played bounty hunter Josh Randall.
|A suspicious Gilman decides to investigate Randall and his methods, so he teams up with him to find a missing man, but decides by the time they part that Randall is just a decent guy doing an ugly job.|
|Steve behind the scenes (the dude)|
Randall had his legendary 'Mare's Laig' (the sawn off rifle he used in W:DOA). Unfortunately, the clothes they chose for him in this episode - a dark jacket with a long black collar/lapel, and a black hat, made him look like a 'fancy' dude. Quite unlike the clean/sparse look that he was to have later in W:DOA.
More annoying, however, is that John Robinson chose to write scenes and then have a narrator's voiceover tell us what was being said instead of letting the actors say it (the opposite of the "Show, don't tell" rule for writers).
|This is not one of Steve's best efforts, and as far as the Randall character is concerned, this isn't quite the man we came to know in W:DOA: it took a half dozen episodes of the regular series before Steve settled fully into Randall's skin and knew exactly what he was doing. After that he owned the character, he was Josh Randall.|
The BrothersThis is a far better story and presentation than the previous Trackdown episode.
|Steve and Robert Culp|
Double the McQueen
The Brothers has Steve playing twins for the first time (Climax: Four Hours in White was the second time). Unlike Climax, however, in which he played brothers who cared for each other, here he is playing the good twin/bad twin theme. Steve is convincing in both roles.
The good twin initially tries to cover for his lawless brother's actions through an elaborate plot which involves ambushing Gilman and assuming his brother's identity. Finally, however, he is forced to face the reality that his selfish brother is a ruthless murderer, and comes to Gilman's aid.
|Both Episodes reviewed by Donna Redden.|
Pictures from the personal collection of Donna Redden.