Sam Bass and his gang have a hideout so secluded that no lawman has ever located it. From this stronghold they strike repeatedly, paying special attention to Wells Fargo shipments. Jim ...
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Sam Bass and his gang have a hideout so secluded that no lawman has ever located it. From this stronghold they strike repeatedly, paying special attention to Wells Fargo shipments. Jim Hardie is ordered to infiltrate the gang so that he can learn where Bass's gang holes up between raids. 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 10th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is sent to Texas to help the Texas Rangers corral outlaw, Sam Bass. Wells Fargo is on the hook for a 60,000 dollar shipment of gold Bass and his men grabbed. Bass, (Chuck Connors) is always one step ahead of the law as he hides out in the Texas scrub country.
The local Texas Ranger, Ray Teal, and Robertson come up with a plan to insert Robertson into Connors' gang. They pull a fake hold-up and chase Robertson out into the scrub where they pretend to lose him. Sure enough, Bass and his boys come a looking at what all the fuss was about.
Bass takes a liking to Robertson after Robertson lays a pounding on one of the gang, Pat Hogan. Also in the group are Michael Landon and Ric Roman.
Bass has inside info that the local bank is getting in another load of gold coin. They have a plan to gobble up the shipment and hightail it back to the safety of the woods.
Robertson manages to sneak a message to Ranger Teal about the upcoming job. Teal and a heavily armed posse are soon waiting for the Bass gang. As the gang approaches the bank, Robertson ducks into a handy doorway. The Rangers now open up on the outlaws killing Hogan and Roman. Connors gets away after collecting a few pieces of lead. Robertson follows him and finds him just before Bass dies of his wounds.
Not bad, if you ask me, it is always interesting to see Michael Landon in a pre- BONANZA role. Ray Teal had a long spell as a regular as well on BONANZA. He played the local sheriff.
This was another episode made entirely on the back lot. I've seen them pass the same set of phony rocks a good half dozen times.
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