A rich gold strike in Pleasant Valley has the Wells Fargo Co. setting up a new stagecoach run linking the boom town with San Francisco. Hardie over the objections of the branch manager selects the son of a disgraced Wells Fargo employee.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Sam Flagg
Kem Dibbs ...
Ed Brink
Milt Youngman
Harry Stephens ...
Chuck Cameron
Carter, Wells Fargo Manager (as Russ Thorson)
Buzz Crabtree


With a new gold strike near Pleasant Valley, Carter, the San Francisco Wells Fargo manager, calls Sam Flagg, a driver, into his office with Jim Hardie to announce that he is the depot manager in Pleasant Valley, a promotion for Flagg. Hardie will be going with him to help and primarily to hire a new shotgun guard for the route.Flagg, initially resentful that Hardie is going, soon relents. Sam and Jim get the new office setup but still need a shotgun. A man by the name Ed Brink applies but Hardie turns the experienced man down due to his history. A young man, Tad Cameron, who admits to being only 18 applies after hearing Brink turned down. Flagg blows him off but Hardie likes the idea of a green hire. After a shooting test in the back with a tin can, Hardie hires Tad. After Tad leaves, Jim and Sam realize he might be the son of Chuck Cameron who was crippled on the job at Wells Fargo and accused of conspiring with outlaws. With no driver yet, Hardie drives with Tad as shotgun. They are... Written by Anonymous

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7 May 1957 (USA)  »

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A 21 year old Michael Landon
26 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

TALES OF WELLS FARGO "Shotgun Messenger"1957

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 6th of the series. Wells Fargo man Dale Robertson is sent off with another employee to set up a new stage line at a new gold field. The men are to set up an office and hire new drivers and shotgun guards. Several unsavoury types, Kevin Hagen and Kem Dibbs try to sign up. Robertson though does not like the looks of the men and turns them down. He hires a young local lad, Michael Landon instead.

Robertson's gut instinct about Debbs and Hagen being criminal types is soon proved correct. The two men attempt to rob the stage on its very first run. Landon turns out to be rather handy with a rifle and chases the bandits off. Landon does collect a shoulder wound though in the fight.

Several days later, Landon is grabbed off the streets at gunpoint by the same two men. The men, Debbs and Hagen tell Landon that they know he is the son of a former Wells Fargo man who was fired in disgrace. They threaten to tell Robertson this and get him fired. They will not do this if Landon will help them on a hold-up. Landon agrees to the deal.

The crooks though end up with guns in their faces and lead in their gut when they try to bushwhack the stage. It seems that Robertson knew all along whom Landon's father was. Debbs, before he dies confesses to being involved in the robbery that Landon's father was blamed for. Landon's father had always claimed he was innocent.

This is another sharp looking episode with several Oscar types behind the camera. The director, Lewis R Foster was a two time nominated and one time winner of an Academy Award. He collected his Oscar nods as a writer for, THE MORE THE MERRIER and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINTON. As a director he was helmsman on a string of decent B westerns and noir. These include, THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK, MANHANDLED, CRASHOUT, EL PASO, CAPTAIN CHINA and TOP OF THE WORLD. Handling the cinematography here is the one time nominated, John F Warren.

Michael Landon of course would go on to fame on the series, BONANZA, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.

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