Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)

Man in the Box 

Jim Hardie and Wells Fargo agents set a trap for the notorious Stillwell gang, but the outlaws manage to outwit the detectives and escape with five thousand dollars. Now all the detectives can do is hope the marked bills appear.


Earl Bellamy


Lewis R. Foster (story), Lewis R. Foster (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Robertson ... Jim Hardie
Beverly Wills ... Sissy Stillwell
Bobby Jordan ... Sonny Stillwell (as Robert Jordan)
Lane Bradford ... Frank
Anthony Caruso ... Benson
Sheb Wooley ... Lenny
Nelson Case Jr. Nelson Case Jr. ... Ben White
John Frederick ... Chuck (as John Merrick)
Barbara Knudson ... Dixie Lane
Hank Patterson ... Pa Stillwell
John Hamilton ... Undertaker
Rex Lease ... Banker
Frank Hagney ... Station Agent
Ted Stanhope ... Telegrapher
Richard H. Cutting ... Conductor (as Richard Cutting)


Jim Hardie is at Washoe playing poker and winning when a telegram comes ordering him to Colfax which means he must leave immediately. He hands his chips over to the saloon girl Dixie Lane and heads for the train. At Colfax the Wells Fargo manager, Benson, has called in several agents to help catch the notorious Stillwell gang. He received a tip on a reward poster for the Stillwells that they are going to hit a certain train leaving in three hours. He puts Hardie in charge of the group. Hardie decides to use a combination car so they can take horses with them. It is a quiet trip with the train making one stop when flagged to pick up a women in black and a coffin she is shipping. In reality, she is Sissy Stillwell and the coffin is holding a member of the gang. They steal the Wells Fargo strongbox containing the marked $5,000 Wells Fargo put in it. The agents are limited to waiting for the marked money to appear. In addition, one of the agents shipped the engagement ring he bought for ... Written by Anonyous

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Release Date:

11 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
[a telegraph key rattles off a message]
Jim Hardie: Da-dot-da-dot-dot. There it goes again - the same old message I've received a hundred times. Jim Hardie - Washoe Hotel or Capitol Bar - Washoe, Nevada: report Benson Colfax immediately, Hopper. Never can you, will you or is it convenient or anything like that. No, just report. Now, pronto or quicker if possible. If I was lying in my coffin, I'd be expected to get up and report. That's the way Wells Fargo trained their men.
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