When a Wells Fargo train shipment is robbed in Missouri, Jesse James and his gang are suspected. Jim Hardie disguises himself as a photographer and attempts to locate the money and the outlaws who killed his friend on the train.
In the sprint of 1882, the Kansas City Special was held up near Knob Point, Missouri. Jim Hardie's friend, Pat McNeal, a messenger on the train was killed trying to save the money. Hardie is sent to find the Jesse James gang and the money but he knows Jim Hardie would be killed so he arrives in Independence, Missouri posing as a cameraman under the alias Jim Henderson. Forced to buy a horse and buggy when he says he is looking for the Jesse James farm, he makes his way there. As he nears the farm, he is stopped and told to turn around by Tom Rankins, a member of the gang. Jim gets by Rankin and makes it to the farm where he is met by Ma Samuel, Jesse's mother. He tells her he is a photographer and wants to write a book about the real Jesse James. Jesse likes Jim but the other four gang members don't. He soon finds what he is seeking but it isn't Jesse. Written by
TALES OF WELLS FARGO was a western series than ran for a total of 200 episodes between 1957 and 1962. Dale Robertson plays the lead as Jim Hardee. Hardee is an agent for the stage and cargo hauling outfit. When something goes wrong he is the man they send to fix it.
This episode is the 13th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is sent to find the famous outlaw, Jesse James. The man is suspected of a 15,000 dollar hold-up where a Wells Fargo man was killed. He rides out to the James farm and is confronted by several rather unfriendly folks with drawn guns.
Robertson is posing as a dime novel writer and wants to get the "real" story of Jesse James, right from the man himself. James, Hugh Beaumont, is pleased with the attention and agrees to the meeting. Sitting in is James' mother, played by the wonderful Olive Carey. She is a hoot carting around a big shotgun everywhere she goes.
Robertson finds out that the robbery he is looking into was not pulled by Beaumont. (James) It was done by his gang, led by James Griffith without Beaumont's knowledge.
Things of course go sideways and Robertson only manages to escape by the skin of his teeth. James heads off in the other direction where two weeks later he was killed by one of his gang, Bob Ford. This one is not one of the better episodes with the rather silly story being the main culprit.
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