Using a bazooka stolen from a U. S. Army facility, supposed Korean War veteran Virgil Stocker and his partner Alfred Davidson rob a $33,000 payroll from the Reiner Oil Company. When they find themselves bottled in by Highway Patrol roadblocks, they return to the oil field and threaten to use the bazooka to destroy the storage tanks and wells if they are not permitted to go free. Dan Mathews and Army Detective Fletcher (a former tank operator) are able to use a scraper with a heavy blade to get within handgun range of the two. Stocker reveals himself to be a pusillanimous fake who never actually saw combat. When he flees, he is easily captured by Fletcher and Davidson finds himself facing Dan Mathews alone.Written by
The criminals use a "Bazooka", which is the common name for the US military man portable recoilless anti-tank rocket launcher weapon, which was developed and produced in 1942 for use in World War II. It was nicknamed "Bazooka" due to its resemblance in appearance to a musical instrument invented by "Bob" Burns, a popular musician at the time. See more »
The narrator refers to the vehicle transporting the cash as an armored truck. Actually, it was nothing but an ordinary panel van - not an armored vehicle. See more »
The Highway Patrol maintains a constant vigilance to ensure the safe delivery of the millions of dollars worth of cargo which is transported annually over the highways. The shipments are of varying nature and varying value. But the cargo most tempting to the lawbreaker is money. On August 20th of this year, an armored truck was delivering a thirty-three-thousand-dollar payroll to the Reiner Oil Company. The schedule and contents of this truck were known, and a highly dangerous plan...
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Duck and Cover
Grab your helmet and be prepared to duck. It's combat time between a bazooka and a bulldozer. Good thing my TV screen didn't crack. Seems these two baddies plan to rob a big cash load in an armored car and get away using fire power of a bazooka to out-gun any cops getting in the way. After all, what good are cop cars and revolvers against a bazooka blast. No doubt about it, Mathews has a big problem.
Okay the action is something of a stretch, but the visuals with soaring oil derricks and roaring bulldozer are almost from another world. Credit some great skyline photography for that. Location-wise, it's hard to believe the whole thing goes down inside greater LA (Baldwin Park and Mulholland Drive). Note too how script makes sure the one ex-GI baddie is not the Korean war hero he claims to be. That way no reflection is cast on a hero gone bad.
Anyway, the entry keeps the usual HP context, but with a high-octane variation that'll keep you glued. Meanwhile, I'm giving my screen a second check.
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