Mark McCormick is a twice convicted car thief, who is on parole, is being asked by his friend to test drive a new car he designed. Milton C. Hardcastle. a tough by the book judge who presided over McCormick's last case, for some reason, is keeping a close eye on him. When McCormick's friend is killed in a mysterious accident, he is told that someone else will be test driving the car. When his friend's daughter learns of this, she thinks something is going on because her father was dead set on Mark driving the car. She then also tells him that someone broke into her father's house and stole all of his contracts with the man who will manufacture the car. Without the contracts, the man claims full ownership of the car. She thinks he had her father killed so she asks Mark to steal the prototype, which he does. But someone sees him and he is arrested. He appears before Hardcastle who says that because of this McCormick is looking at a long stretch. But Hardcastle makes McCormick a ... Written by
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Hardcastle's comic book collection includes The Lone Ranger #61 (July 1953), seen laying on his desk when Hardcastle and McCormick enter the office. Below that issue is The Lone Ranger #67 (January 1954), which McCormick holds up mockingly, but which issue he is later seen reading in Hardcastle's truck. McCormick later calls Hardcastle "Kemosabe" and uses the line, "Get 'em up, Scout!" which was Tonto's equivalent to the Lone Ranger's "Hi-Yo, Silver!" See more
In the judge's chambers McCormick dumps a container of peanuts on Hardcastle's desk, but the next scene shows the container full and Hardcastle's desk virtually peanut-free. See more
Judge Milton C. Hardcastle
[Showing McCormick a stack of manila file folders
What I got here, wise guy, is 200 cases that came in and out of this courthouse. Everyone of 'em was guilty and every one of 'em walked away clean because of legal technicalities! Sometimes witnesses disappeared. Sometimes they died... Now, I want these guys, see? They escaped justice and I know good and well they're on the outside now committing new crimes. So that's where you come in, see? Now what we're gonna do, we're gonna hunt 'em down, ...