While transporting Dan Lingle to stand trial for robbery and murder, Hardie's stagecoach is attacked by the outlaw's gang. Among the passengers on the coach are Lingle's estranged wife and son and the outlaw determines to stand with them.
Outlaw Dan Lingle captured in Painted Rock is being transported for trial by Jim Hardie on a Wells Fargo stage coach. Besides the two of them there is a reporter and a woman and her son on the stage. When the reporter tries to talk to the other passengers, no one responds so he tries striking up a conversation with the boy. The reporter says he was in Painted Rock because he had heard there would be a story about Dan Lingle but he never showed. After making some disparaging remarks about what he would do if he met Lingle, Hardie removes the coat covering the handcuffs on him and Lingle. When the reporter learns who the prisoner is, he wants off the stage as he is afraid with good reason that Lingle's gang will attack the stage to rescue Lingle. Hardie refuses as they are too far away to walk anywhere but he agrees about the attack potential. When they are attacked, his plan surprises everyone and the woman tells the boy the truth about Lingle - his dad. Written by
During the gunfight, Walter Coy (Lingle) moves in front of Dale Robertson, (Jim Hardie) but in the next scene he is behind him again. Forward to the next scene, and Walter Coy (Lingle) is in front again. See more »
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 12th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is riding a stage taking in hold-up man, Walter Coy. Coy is the leader of a gang accused of murdering a Wells Fargo clerk during a robbery. Coy was captured and fingered as the gunman.
On the stagecoach is Denver newspaper man, Lyle Talbot. He is going to write up the trial. Also on the stage is a woman, Barbara Eiler and her son, Bobby Clark. Up top is the stage driver and shotgun rider. Now we find out the outlaw is really the father of the young lad, and that Eiler is his estranged wife.
Adding to the mix is that Coy's gang is waiting up the road. They intend to spring Coy and kill all the passengers etc. The more that Coy sees and talks to the boy, Clark, the less he thinks about escaping. He tells Robertson that he is innocent of the murder. But he has no proof.
The gang now steps out and ambushes the stagecoach, killing the driver and shotgun man. Robertson hustles the rest out and behind the cover of some handy rocks. Robertson decides to take a chance and hands Coy a gun. He is sure Coy does not want his kin killed.
There is now a swift and bloody exchange of rounds between the two groups. The outlaw types go down dead or wounded. The one man admits that he was the man who killed the Wells Fargo clerk. Coy will still need to do time for robbery but the murder beef will go away. Miss Eiler and the boy, Clark, tell Coy that they will wait for him to do his time.
This one goes by quite fast with an interesting, if shopworn story, and plenty of gunplay. Ex-big screen director, Sidney Salkow does a good job moving the story along. Long-time Hollywood writer, Steve Fisher supplies the story and screenplay. One time Oscar nominated Bud Thackery gives the episode a sharp look. Cinematographer Thackery was an old hand at westerns having been a regular with the B-unit at Republic Pictures. He worked on over 400 films and television episodes.
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