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
Wayne Heffley ...
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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The diner shown was located at the corner of Effie Street and Raposa Street right in the middle of the ill-fated Chavez Ravine area. This area is now under the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. See more »


Inside the diner, the criminal fires once at Dan and misses, then a few seconds later fires three more shots that also miss. Outside, Sgt. Williams says "Three shots" when four had been fired. See more »


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