While on a stage coach, a Pony Express rider, Stan Blake, who Jim knows stops to help them and is found dead down the route. Jim Hardie takes on the man's route and hopes to lure the murderers out into the open after notifying Stan's wife.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelo Henderson ...
Ike Clanton (as Paul Henderson)
Finn Clanton
Stan Blake (as Buzz Henry)
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Stagecoach Passenger (as Stacy Keach)
GeGe Pearson ...
Pearl (as Ge Ge Pearson)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Frazier - Assayer
Stagecoach Driver
Frank Trainor
Old Man Clanton


Jim Hardie is on a stage coach that becomes stuck in a mud hole. They have to push the coach out of the hole so when Pony Express Rider, Stan Blake, who Jim knows rides up, he is asked to help and does so. He shows Jim a watch with the picture of his new wife Jenny in it. Further down the road Jim and the driver notice Stan's horse grazing by the road. They stop and find Stan's body. He has been shot and killed. His watch is gone but they find an ore sample in his jacket. Nothing else has been stolen. Jim takes over to complete Stan's ride and delivers the mail. He notifies Jenny about what happened to Stan and then talks to the local assayer about the ore. He recognizes the source and tells Jim that Old Man Clanton had been asking about it so Jim decides to lay a trap. Written by Anonymous

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7 October 1957 (USA)  »

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There was no connection between the Pony Express and Wells Fargo but after the Civil War the assets of the Pony Express were sold to Wells Fargo. See more »


[last lines]
Jim Hardie: [narrating] The Laramie run would be open again. The miner in Cheyenne would have news from home. The cost - a few cents to him, but the real cost appears on the role of honor at Wells Fargo under the single legend - in the line of duty - you'll find Stan Blake.
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Wells Fargo vs the Clanton Bunch
1 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

TALES OF WELLS FARGO "The Target" 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 19th of the series. Wells Fargo man, Hardee (Dale Robertson) is on his way by stage to Wyoming. On the way he runs into one of Wells Fargo's Pony Express riders, Robert Henry. The two men talk for a bit and then Henry continues on his ride to Laramie.

Up the trail a piece are three men waiting in ambush. They shoot Henry off his horse and rifle through the mailbags. Not finding what they want, they take off with the one man, Rush Williams, lifting the dead riders watch. The men are all members of the less than "honest" Clanton bunch. The old man, Barton McLane is in charge of sons, Kelo Henderson and Williams.

The stage now rolls up and they find the body of Henry. Robertson finds a small bag with gold samples that the gang had overlooked. This is exactly what the Clanton's had been looking for. Robertson loads up the body on the stage and heads to Laramie.

He drops off the mail and gold at the office, and the body with the undertaker. His next job is to pay the new wife of the dead rider a call. Eilene Janssen, the widow, takes the death of her husband hard. He wants Robertson to find the men who did the deed and kill them.

Needless to say Robertson digs around and the three Clanton's pop up as the most likely suspects. They have a history of gold claim jumping. Robertson lets it out that he has the gold samples that Henry had been carrying. We all know who comes a calling looking for said samples. Iron is pulled and the meeting does not turn out the way the Clanton gang wanted.

This is a watchable episode that moves right along at a nice clip. The outdoor location work helps.

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