Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

The Branding Iron 

Hardie arrives at his friend Curly Brown's ranch learning Curlie was murdered. His widow struggles on her own and Jim becomes suspicious of the people ready to buy the place. As he solves the mystery he begins to fall in love with Etta.


Earl Bellamy




Episode cast overview:
Dale Robertson ... Jim Hardie
Ann Rutherford ... Etta Brown
Willard Sage ... Paul Bravender
Doye O'Dell ... Clyde Fenton
J. Edward McKinley ... Sheriff Welk
Earl Robie Earl Robie ... Little Jim Brown
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Emmett Gowen
Terry Burnham Terry Burnham ... Josie Brown
Dennis Holmes ... Frank Brown
David Lipp David Lipp ... Man talking to Gowan
Betty McMahon Betty McMahon ... Waitress


Jim Hardie was asked by Curly Brown, a past shotgun messenger, to stop by for a visit as they are old friends and worked together in the past. As Jim nears Curly's ranch a shot rings out but Jim is unharmed. He arrives to learn that Curly is dead; found shot by someone but the reason is unknown. Etta is determined to run the ranch by herself but it is too much for a lone woman with three young children plus she has much to learn. Jim, determined to find the killer, decides to stay and help her. The neighbor Paul Bravender who has tried to help Etta is worried that Jim suspects him so he brings out Sheriff Welk the next day but there is no evidence to find. Jim decides to take the family into town for a holiday and to spread the word he is staying to help Etta. He finds people lined up to buy the Brown ranch as it is prime land with water. He has set himself up as a target and it works faster than he expected. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

23 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Overland Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to his credits this is Earl Robie's last appearance as an actor. KAS See more »

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