Dan Mathews offers himself as a hostage after a nervous gunman botches a diner robbery and critically wounds the proprietor.




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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Ed Leggett
Virginia Chapman ...
Doris Harmon (as Virginia Arness)
Robert Gallagher ...
'Cotton' Harmon
Officer Dennis
Ron Foster ...
Dispatcher (as Ronald Foster)
Narrator (voice)


Inept gunman Ed Leggett botches an attempted late afternoon robbery of Cotton Harmon's roadside diner, resulting in serious injuries to both men. Leggett forces Cotton's wife Doris to treat his own injuries and ignore Cotton's. When Dan Mathews arrives, Leggett threatens to use Doris as a hostage, but he is ultimately convinced to release Cotton and Doris and take Dan instead. Sergeant Williams and a phalanx of Highway Patrol officers surround the diner, but night has fallen and they are hesitant to rush the building or use tear gas because of Leggett's nervousness and his unpredictability. Dan is forced to use a combination of psychology and fearlessness to try to defuse the situation. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

4 May 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The license plate of the stolen 1959 green 4 door sedan is stated as MFG 015. This is a California manufacturer (MFG) license plate, and the 015 means it was issued to Chevrolet, but there would be other characters to further identify the plate. The stolen car was in fact a 1959 Chevrolet sedan. This same plate was used on occasion in the series. See more »


Matthews tells the wounded clerk, who had been shot and was laying on the floor unable to move, "Now look, don't move." See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: If you care to drive - drive with care!
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