Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Plant Robbery 

Three thieves use a counterfeit armored car and stolen uniforms to steal $29,000 from a supermarket. The leader of the group becomes increasingly unpredictable and prone to violence as Dan Mathews and his men close in.


Henry S. Kesler


Ed Adamson (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... Art Denson
Mercedes Shirley Mercedes Shirley ... Kay Denson
Paul Gary Paul Gary ... Walter E. Burns
Terry Frost ... Sgt. Moore
Monty Ash Monty Ash ... Al - Lab Technician
Jay Douglas ... Officer Dorsey
James Logan James Logan ... Mr. Gregory
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Diner owners Art and Kay Denson and mechanic Walt Burns steal $29,000 from a supermarket by posing as armored truck guards. The elaborate ruse involves stolen guard uniforms and an expertly-crafted bogus armored truck created by Burns. None of the three has a prior criminal record and they figure they will wait for an extended period before spending any of the money. However, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Moore quickly identify Burns as a possible suspect by checking recent orders for sheet metal and bullet-proof glass. When they travel to his body shop to question Burns, he panics and shows up at the Densons' diner to demand his share of the money immediately. Art agrees to meet him on a deserted road for a "settlement", but instead kills him as Kay watches in horror. She becomes increasingly frightened about being involved in murder and attempts to escape from Art, but she is unsuccessful and soon finds herself being used as Art's hostage when Dan and Sergeant Moore show up at the ... Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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This was the last episode to name California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Bernard R. Caldwell in the opening segment and give credit to the CHP for technical assistance. Subsequent episodes were dedicated to the highway patrols throughout the nation and generically gave thanks for technical advice without naming any agency. This change did not align with Caldwell's tenure, since he served as CHP Commissioner until 1959. Caldwell lived to age 93 and died in San Diego in 1994. See more »


The fake armored truck and the real one both had the same license plate. See more »


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Narrator: Police agencies are constantly vigilant, always on the alert for the predictable type of crime. But, unfortunately, all criminal acts are not predictable, and often, the most commonplace incidents, things you may see every day in the street, can have the most unusual significance. These people, disguised as guards for the Superior Armored Car Service, and using a duplicate truck, move quickly and efficiently in stealing twenty-nine thousand dollars. Such was the case in a routine ...
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Release Date:

19 March 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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