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"Tales of Wells Fargo (1956-1957) ... Dale Robertson ... Timeless Media (2009)"
on June 7, 2009
Tales of Wells Fargo is an American Western television series that ran from March 18, 1957 to June 2, 1962 on NBC --- Set in the mid-1800s, the series starred Dale Robertson as special agent Jim Hardie, noted at the time as "the left-handed gun". The concept of the Wells Fargo series, a company troubleshooter in the American West --- Produced by Revue Productions, the series aired in a half-hour format until its final season when it expanded to an hour --- For its first two years, the show was also in the top ten Nielsen Ratings. During the 1957-58 season, it was ranked No. 3. --- Check out 46 Classic Episodes on 6 DVD Discs with some of the best character actors in the business.
Dale Robertson, the actor who made his name in television Westerns in the 1950s and '60s, was born on July 14, 1923, in Harrah, Oklahoma. After serving in a tank crew and in the combat engineers in North Africa and Europe during World War II, the twice-wounded Robertson started his acting career while still on active duty in the U.S. Army. While stationed at San Luis Obispo, California, had a photograph taken for his mother. A copy of the photo displayed in the photo shop window attracted movie scouts, and the six foot tall, 180-lb. Roberson soon was on his way to Hollywood. Will Rogers Jr., whose father is the most famous son of Oklahoma, told him to avoid formal training and keep his own persona
"Don't ever take a dramatic lesson," Rogers told him. "They will try to put your voice in a dinner jacket, and people like their hominy and grits in everyday clothes." Robertson took his advice and avoided acting classes.
Robertson was typecast in Western movies and TV shows when the genre was still America's favorite. He headlined two TV series, "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957), in which he played the roving trouble-shooter Jim Hardie, and "The Iron Horse" (1966), in which he won a railway in a poker game. He also served as one of the hosts, along with Ronald Reagan, of the syndicated series "Death Valley Days" (1952) during the 1960s. Robertson later appeared in the inaugural season of "Dynasty" (1981).
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1983 --- Robertson is a recipient of the Golden Boot Award in 1985 --- He is retired on a ranch near Oklahoma City, not far from his birthplace of Harrah. (imd.com)
1. An interview with Dale Robertson
Dale Robertson (aka: Dayle Lymoine Robertson)
Date of Birth: 14 July 1923 - Harrah, Oklahoma
Date of Death: Still Living
Great job by Timeless Media Group and their staff --- Enjoy the best of the first five seasons of 46 classic episodes on six dvd discs --- Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Buck Rainey (The Life & Films of Buck Jones), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow for film and TV Western Classics --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 1150 mins on DVD ~ Timeless Media Group 61015 ~ (07/14/2009)