Jim Hardie is held up by a family based gang to free a member Jim is cuffed to and transporting to jail. Once the cuffs are cut Jim is able to escape but his prisoner wants revenge against Hardie nor will Hardie leave without his prisoner.

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Fay Dooley
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Steve Adams
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Jim Hardie is transporting prisoner Ed Dooley to San Francisco by train when it is forced to stop by wood piled on the track by Joe Dooley and his two sons. They want Ed but Jim is handcuffed to Ed. Jim says he mailed the key ahead to San Francisco. Joe shoots and kills Wells Fargo agent Steve Adams trying to force Jim to produce the key. As Jim truly doesn't have the key, he is forced to leave with the gang. They ride to George Samson's farm where they use a hammer and chisel to break the cuffs. As soon as they are cut apart, Jim sees a chance to run and escape otherwise he is a dead man. Despite Ed's pleas, Joe decides to forget Jim but Jim wants not only Ed but Joe as well now pitting one man against a four man gang. Written by Anonymous

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5 January 1959 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Hardie confronts a vicious outlaw family
23 June 2017 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

"Showdown Trail" is one of those "Wells Fargo" episodes that takes its characters out on location and delivers on its promise of plenty of action. Here, Wells Fargo agent Jim Hardie is taking a prisoner, Ed Dooley, who is cuffed to his wrist, to San Francisco for trial. When the Dooley outlaw clan stops the train, they abduct Hardie, still chained to Ed because he'd sent the handcuff key on to San Francisco, and kill Hardie's partner. Eventually, Hardie gets free and goes on the run from the Dooleys, trying to find a way to get a horse and gun and go back and confront them. The Dooleys, led by ruthless Joe Dooley and including Ed's brother Pat and sister Fay, present a formidable enemy to Hardie. Fay, realizing Hardie doesn't know her, sets out to lure him into a trap, which she manages to do rather effortlessly. As always in this series, Hardie eventually prevails, but it's a very suspenseful ride along the way.

The cast is a colorful one and includes short-lived Bowery Boy Stanley Clements as Ed and the striking brunette Gloria Talbott (a mainstay of westerns and sci-fi films in the 1950s) as the cunning Fay. Reliable heavy Myron Healey plays Pat, while tough old Joe is played by Will Wright, a dependable character actor who usually played smaller parts and rarely one that required as much action as this role. Another standout heavy in the cast is Emile Meyer, who plays an ill-fated neighbor of the Dooleys who refuses to help Hardie when he's in need. The location photography is quite spectacular.


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