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Tales of Well Fargo was a well-written, satisfying western drama that
followed the exploits of Jim Hardie, Wells Fargo Agent. In early
episodes, he served as narrator/agent & later became a rancher and
part-time Wells Fargo agent.
Dale Robertson was very good in this series, with a toughness tempered with a sense of humor. The format allowed for a number of interesting stories and characters. I haven't seen this one on DVD yet, but look forward to owning the shows when available.
William Demarest (of My Three Sons) was especially good as a supporting co-star. Check this one out, its good, clean fun !
If Dale Robertson had come along about ten years earlier he would have
been a great cowboy hero and Herbert J. Yates no doubt would have had
him in his stable of western heroes. But he came along just as the B
western was going out of business on the big screen and quite frankly
he was a much better actor than some of the B cowboys. He did some
serious B films, never quite getting stardom on the big screen, though
some of the films were good.
The small screen treated him better with the Tales Of Wells Fargo series in which Dale's character of Jim Hardie narrated his exploits in tracking down those who would rob from his employer the Wells Fargo company.
I think the series was good because it called for Robertson to be a detective as well as a cowboy hero. The scripts were intelligently written given the constraints of developing characters in only thirty minute episodes for the most part.
In the last season the show was expanded to sixty minutes, but the producers also decided to give Robertson's character Jim Hardie a ranch and something of a home life. It never seems to cease, a perfectly good format, tinkered with and then cancellation.
Still Tales Of Wells Fargo gave Dale Robertson his career role, at least the one this fan remembers him best for. And he was a left handed draw, the most well known one on television until Michael Landon as Little Joe Cartwright came along.
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