Under the direction of Tiny Elton, Don Brueger and Rusty Schilling hijack an armored car and take it to a remote area with a $25,000 payroll AND guard Bill Franklin still in the back. Elton utilizes a ruse to get Bill's wife Lea into his car. He then drives to the armored car's location and threatens to kill her if Franklin does not come out with the money. Bill complies, but the three take the money and keep Lea hostage in an attempt to ensure their safe passage. When they find themselves trapped in their car at a Highway Patrol roadblock, Dan Mathews knows that Elton is capable of killing Lea whether or not the car is released and he finds himself in one of the most intense confrontations of his career.Written by
Sam Spear / Hans Delbruck
The storefront for the robbery was also used in the "Counterfeit" episode. See more »
Law enforcement agencies seldom encounter armored truck robberies. The armored trucks are traveling fortresses, and the precautious operating procedures used in the pickup and delivery of monies preclude any successful robberies. However, the trucks are tempting targets, and early last July, three criminals started an elaborate plan to rob truck number 15, which made a daily stop at the Shermart supermarket. Don Brueger, an ice cream vendor, also began making a daily stop at the ...
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The climax is white-knuckle suspense, especially since Mathews uses a morally questionable tactic to try to free the hostage. Also, there's a good set-up with the robbers' expert planning that goes into hijacking the armored car. But a problem remains after the hijacking. Their problem is that an armed guard is secured in the back of armored car. Sure, robbers can hijack the car, but how will they get the guard with the money out of the back. That's where the suspense comes in. And shouldn't forget the Patrol who's soon on their trail. On the whole the half-hour's adequately acted though the neighbor, Crider, is a little much. Then too, I wish Crawford would occasionally pause before machine-gunning his orders. That way we could figure he thinks before he speaks. Anyway, catch Ruta Lee as the wife, a familiar pretty face from that era. On the whole, the episode's unusual for its daring and suspenseful climax.
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