When a Wells Fargo agent dies and fifteen thousand dollars is discovered missing from his office, the company orders and investigation. Jim Hardie isn't convinced the man died of natural ...
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When a Wells Fargo agent dies and fifteen thousand dollars is discovered missing from his office, the company orders and investigation. Jim Hardie isn't convinced the man died of natural causes and believes the money was stolen by whoever was responsible for his death. He gets a job in the local gambling hall to learn more about the man or men who could have been responsible for the crimes. 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 14th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is sent to find out about the murder of one of their station agents. The station is also short $15,000 from the safe. Robertson rides into town and gets himself hired at the town gambling hall. He tells no one that he is there looking for the station agent's killers.
He knows that their man, John Eldredge had been killed there after calling out the roulette spinner, Douglas Kennedy. He said that the wheel was crooked and it cost him his life. The key to the Wells Fargo safe had been on him. Needless to say that Kennedy and his boss, James Seay had helped them-selves to the cash.
Robertson is soon called on to toss out another man, Jim Hayward, who is on a nasty losing streak. Robertson talks the boss, Seay into letting the man win a few games. The punters will then bet more. Seay likes the idea and lets Hayward win back 500 bucks.
The next morning though, Hayward is found dead in the alley behind the gambling hall. Of course there is no sign of the 500 in cash. Seay and Kennedy of course top the list of suspects. Hayward's daughter, Pamela Duncan is soon in town looking for her father.
Robertson has a plan to get Seay and Kennedy to admit their guilt. He sends them a package with two silver bullets. Included with the bullets is a note saying they will die in 24 hours. Seay and Kennedy figure that the woman, Duncan is going to have the pair of them killed.
Robertson helps matters along by hinting to both Seay and Kennedy that it is the other one who sent the bullets. Soon both of the men are offering Robertson cash to help eliminate their partner. Guns are of course pulled and lead flies before the Wells Fargo cash is returned. A decent episode of what is a rather entertaining series.
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