Jim goes undercover as a trainee for Wells Fargo to try and find out who is supplying renegade Indians with the guns they are using on their murderous raids. Something is strange with the Cheyenne stealing money for which they have no use.
Jim Hardie is sent to investigate why Wells Fargo stations are being wiped out by Indian attacks. He can understand them stealing horses, guns, and other supplies but he is finding they are stripping stations including the cash for which Indians have no use. At one burned out station he finds manager Aaron Rose who had run out of ammo alive hiding in a cellar. They agree things seem strange with the Indians. Jim decides to leave the experienced Aaron to keep an eye on the local Cheyenne while he heads to St. Joseph, Missouri. They agree gunrunners are selling guns to the renegade Indians who use their new weapons to attack Wells Fargo stagecoaches, wagon trains and relay stations. Because all wagons are thoroughly searched in St. Joseph, Missouri, Hardie suspects that the arms are placed in the wagon on the trail and goes undercover to expose the culprits. He must undergo the arduous training session led by Jack Powers at St. Joseph. Written by
I want to know every move the Cheyenne make... unless you figure you're too old for the job.
Old! Why, I could still go bear huntin' with a hickory stick and come back with his ears in my fist!
That's the way I figured it.
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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 8th of the series. Wells Fargo man Hardee (Dale Robertson) is in Wyoming looking for the reason for attacks on Wells Fargo posts by raiding Indians. At one of the way stations he finds an employee, Francis McDonald has survived an attack by hiding in the cellar.
Robertson and McDonald track the raiders into the hills and find a revolver on the trail. It is a brand that is made in St Joseph Missouri. Robertson heads for St Jo to look into the matter. Robertson figures that an inside man at the St Jo office is shipping guns by Wells Fargo.
Robertson pretends to be a new Wells Fargo recruit and is assigned to Denver Pyle for training. Also in the group is Dan (Bonanza) Blocker, Paul (Rawhide) Brinegar and Morgan Woodward.
After several days of training the four men are sent off to deliver a pair of wagons to Wyoming. Robertson thinks there is something fishy with Pyle but cannot quite put his finger on it.
Next thing you know Robertson is gobbled up by a war party of Cheyenne. It turns out that the Cheyenne have a deal with Mister Pyle. He supplies them with munitions and the Indians give him the cargo off all the captured wagons. Off course the wagon crew are always killed.
Not this time however as Robertson has taken some precautions. He has had McDonald follow and keep tabs on Pyle. When the Cheyenne attack the wagon crew is armed and waiting. The Indians soon lose their stomach for fighting after a few of their saddles are emptied.
Robertson of course escapes capture and turns the tables on Pyle who is now in the bag. The raiding problem is cured and Pyle is off to jail.
This must be the first time I've seen Morgan Woodward in role where he was not a villain.
Directing the episode was George Waggner. A former big screen veteran whose most well-known work is likely, THE WOLFMAN with Lon Chaney Jr and THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN with John Wayne.
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