Hardie picks up a valuable shipment in Matamoras, Mexico and isn't pleased when a dude and beautiful woman insist on becoming passengers with him on the route he will use to deliver the money to Laredo fighting Mexican bandits all the way.
Jim Hardie has been sent to the Matamoras, Mexico Wells Fargo Office from Laredo to pick up a shipment. In the early 1870s there was a revolution in the area which made living there and travel dangerous. Ship Captain John Plumber enters the office looking for Jim Hardie. He has arrived with the cargo sent to Hardie by Wells Fargo - $500,000 in paper money for Laredo, Texas. At least not being in gold he can carry it as his only transportation is by canoe and mule. The cash can be redeemed for gold so it is valuable even to the bandits in the area. Besides the money, the Captain has brought his daughter, Lillian Barkley, a newlywed who wants to meet her husband in Texas. She has a note from Wells Fargo authorizing Jim to take her. He tries to dissuade her but she refuses to not go. This is followed by another man, William Dodd, a surveyor for a new railroad to Laredo who also has a note from Wells Fargo telling Hardie to take him on. The arrangements Hardie made for transportation ... 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 9th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is in Matamoras, Mexico, closing up the office there. There is a revolution going on locally and there are plenty of bandits roaming the area.
Robertson plans on heading for the Wells Fargo office in Laredo Texas. His plans are soon complicated when a valuable shipment of US currency is dumped in his lap. Then a US Government railroad surveyor, Russell Johnson, and a pretty gal, Diane Brewster, are foisted on him. They both have letters from Well Fargo headquarters telling Robertson to deliver said persons to the States.
The only transport north is a trio of mules. The group sets off and makes it to the first way station. The problem here is that there are no remounts. Adding to the problems, are several more folks who are on the run from a bandit leader. The pair, Joe De Santis and the beautiful, Lisa Montell, join the troop as they head north.
Now the nasty local bandit leader, Rico Alaniz, ambushes the group and grabs Miss Montell. After this, the weary travellers continue their trek to the border. Montell manages to slip away from the bandits and rejoins Robertson and company, bringing along a pair of horses. Montell informs Robertson that Alaniz will be hot on her trail. Robertson sends the womenfolk and the Government man ahead on the horses. He and De Santis set an ambush for the pursuing bandits.
The bandits ride into the trap and are disposed of through a liberal application of lead. Robertson, figuring that this is the end of his immediate problems, is now set upon by De Santis. De Santis has learned about the large amount of greenbacks Robertson is carrying. A brisk round of flying fists and a rifle butt to the head stops De Santis. Then it is off to the border again.
This is an interesting episode that was filmed entirely on the studio back lot. This is strange since most of the episodes feature plenty of outdoors action. The exotic looking Lisa Montell appeared as eye candy in 50 plus film and television roles between 1955 and 1962. What a looker!
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