A pregnant woman is run down by teens out joyriding leaving Sgt Friday and his fellow officer Smith to track down those responsible. They find that kids are uncooperative, refusing to inform on their friends.

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Miriam Hunter
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A pregnant woman is run down by teens out joyriding leaving Sgt Friday and his fellow officer Smith to track down those responsible. They find that kids are uncooperative, refusing to inform on their friends.

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30 December 1954 (USA)  »

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50's Cool
19 May 2007 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Both a good dramatic episode and a revealing time capsule. The car culture was very popular among the youth of the time (1954). Modifying engines with the latest equipment and turning them into street racers was the height of "cool" among teen-agers, (memorialized in the "chickie run" by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, [1955]). Naturally, hot -rod street racing caused concern among adults, probably one reason for its being cool among the youth. This entry concerns a young mother struck and killed by a runaway hot rodder. The screenplay goes to some lengths to separate "reponsible' hot-rodders from the outlaws, even though Friday remains tellingly skeptical. In fact, his angry lecture at entry's end is really addressed to the audience, and dramatically expresses adult opinion of the time. Nonetheless, the craze now seems pretty much identified with the 1950's.

Michael Ansars (minus hairpiece) overshadows the entry with a particularly convincing performance as the angry, vengeful husband, showing why he had such a long and successful career. Jan Merlin also makes an impression as a dislikeably sneering teen driver. However, director Webb should have gotten cute-as-a-button Diane Jergens to at least put water in that empty coffee cup she keeps "drinking" from.


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