Tales of Wells Fargo (1957–1962)
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Apache Gold 

Hardie agrees to join a father searching for his son who is seeking a lost gold mine in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. The men must deal with a lack of water and the fact that the map leads him into lands held sacred by the Apaches.


Earl Bellamy


Sam Peckinpah (teleplay and story)


Episode complete credited cast:
Dale Robertson ... Jim Hardie
John Litel ... Floyd Schaeffer
Myron Healey ... Karl Knudson (as Michael Healy)
John Dennis ... Lester Cartwright
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Tim Schaeffer
Julian Rivero ... Diego
Lane Chandler ... Mr. Carter
Felipe Turich Felipe Turich ... Barkeep
Hank Worden ... Slender Old Timer
Bud Osborne ... White-Haired Old Timer
Cliff Ketchum Cliff Ketchum ... Townsman




In Phoenix, Arizona the Wells Fargo manger Mr, Carter tells the reluctant Jim Hardie he is to travel to Tucson to help the Wells Fargo stockholder Floyd Schaeffer search the Superstition Mountains for his young son Tim. Tim left school and joined an old prospector to follow a map he bought that shows where a gold mine exists. In 1864 a teamster named Adams and several men found a big gold strike there but everyone but him was killed by the Apache who hold the area as sacred. After arriving in Tucson he learns Mr. Schaeffer is at the saloon. He finds him along with Lester Cartwright, Tim's roommate and cousin, along with Karl Knudson hired to take care of the animals and supplies on the trip. Schaeffer has a copy of Tim's map they can follow. Upon leaving Jim learns that Lester is a tenderfoot. Slowly the three men become mesmerized by the idea of finding the gold more than Tim. Jim soon finds there is something in the area picking them all off one by one. Written by Anonymous

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This episode confuses the "Lost Adams Diggings" (LAD") with the "Lost Dutchman Mine" (LDM). The LAD legend states the gold is in New Mexico, not Arizona where the LDM is supposedly located. The LDM is rumored to be in the Superstition Mountains where the episode takes place. Jim Hardie and his party start out from Tucson, implying the Superstition Mountains are near that city. The mountains are, in fact, over 90 miles north of Tucson (at least three days ride by horseback). The Superstitions are only about 30 miles from Phoenix, so it would have made more sense had they left Phoenix for the mountains than Tucson. See more »


Floyd Schaeffer: 'Course I know every boy wants to have a fling at adventure but, from what I've heard, I realize that the Superstition Mountain is not the place to have it.
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Release Date:

9 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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