Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
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The Hijackers 

Hardie's vacation is cut short when a stage disappears crossing the Rocking Horse Hills badlands. He backtracks its route and finds it left with a wealthy man's son and the young man's fiancee who are missing but no money was on the stage.


John English


N.B. Stone Jr. (story), N.B. Stone Jr. (teleplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Dale Robertson ... Jim Hardie
Jack Elam ... Chris
Jacqueline Holt Jacqueline Holt ... Jeannie Wilcox
Harry Harvey Jr. Harry Harvey Jr. ... Billy Thompson
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Caroline
Terry Frost ... Frank Jeffers
Alan Reynolds Alan Reynolds ... Praire City Agent
Glenn Strange ... Tom
Fred Carson Fred Carson ... Jack


Jim Hardie likes to take his vacations in new places and has gone to the Dakota Territory. He is in Hill View on one side of the Rocking Horse Hills badlands escorting lady friend Caroline on a buggy ride when during their return Wells Fargo agent Frank Jeffers asks to see Jim. The stage from Prairie City which crosses the badlands is missing but was carrying no money. They agree Jim should backtrack the route to see if it broke down. Although he is shot at by three men in the badlands, he finds no trace of the stage. At Prairie City he learns it left with Billy Thompson, son of a wealthy rancher, and his fiancee Jeannie Wilcox. He decides to retrace the route following the stage wagon wheel tracks. He is roped by Chris, one of the three men he saw on the first trip. He breaks away and follows the man's horse to a ghost town where he finds the stage and trouble he is in. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 June 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jim gets off his horse and a rope is thrown around him his gun is on the right side! In the next scene his gun is back on the left side. See more »


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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