Hardie's vacation is cut short when a wealthy man's son and the younger man's fiancée are abducted from a Wells Fargo stagecoach.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jacqueline Holt ...
Jeannie Wilcox
Harry Harvey Jr. ...
Billy Thompson
Joyce Meadows ...
Alan Reynolds ...
Fred Carson ...


Hardie's vacation is cut short when a wealthy man's son and the younger man's fiancée are abducted from a Wells Fargo stagecoach.

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17 June 1957 (USA)  »

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Jim Hardie: What were they carrying?
Agent: A sack of mail and two passengers - important passengers.
Jim Hardie: Who?
Agent: Billy Thompson and his lady friend from Boston. They're fixin' to be married as soon as they get to his pa's ranch the other side of Hillview.
Jim Hardie: Is that Big Ben Thompson's boy?
Agent: That's who. Folks claim Big Ben owns most of this here state.
Jim Hardie: They also claim the government tried to buy it back but couldn't meet his price.
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Jack Elam as the Bad Guy
13 June 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

TALES OF WELLS FARGO "The Hijackers"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 11th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is in the Dakota country when one of the local Wells Fargo stagecoaches goes missing. Robertson follows the same route the missing stage took and comes up on a trio of men, Jack Elam, Fred Carson and Glen Strange. The trio fire off several shots at Robertson and tell him to take off.

Of course such behaviour has the opposite reaction on our Wells Fargo Detective. Robertson simply uses a different trail and sneaks up on the lookout, Jack Elam. A brisk exchange of fists and Elam is quickly laid out. Robertson now follows the stagecoach tracks to an abandoned ghost town. The town had died out when the local gold strike petered out.

Robertson finds the stage and has a look around the town. He is however grabbed up by the other two outlaws, Strange and Carson. They are soon joined by a mad as a hornet Elam. Elam gives Robertson a few punches to the gut to make up for the beating he had received.

Robertson is now tossed in a room with two passengers off the missing stage. The two, Joyce Meadows and Harry Harvey Jr are being held for ransom. Harvey's father is a big time rancher with a fair sized bank account. Elam figures that Wells Fargo might add a few thousand to get Robertson back in breathing condition.

A ransom note is sent off to the town down the line. Robertson finds out from Harvey and Miss Meadows that Elam and his bunch had killed the stagecoach driver and guard. Robertson is of course not going to let this slide.

Robertson manages to break free of the room and leads Elam and group on a merry chase through the ghost town. Helping Robertson out is a big dust storm that has blown in. Robertson jumps Elam and disarms him. He then plugs the other two as they come out of the dust storm. Harvey and Meadows are released, Elam is tossed in the stage and all head back to the first town. Elam has a date with a long fall with a short piece of rope.

This is a fast moving episode with plenty of action. Direction is supplied by B-western vet, John English. Helping with the look of the episode is one time Oscar nominated cinematographer, John L Russell. Russell got his Oscar nod for Hitchcock's, PSYCHO.

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