Cafe owner Bernie Sills hates motorcyclists because of injuries to his wife and damages to his property during a renegade biker attack months earlier. When he threatens non-violent cyclists Joe Keeley and Nick West with a shotgun, a minor altercation ensues after Mrs. Sills calls the Highway Patrol. Responding Officer Jack Anders is killed in an accident involving a truck driver's negligence while pursuing Keeley and West. When Dan Mathews and Officer Dorsey investigate, Sills tries to blame the cyclists for Officer Anders' death. He exaggerates their behavior in his statements, but he is careful not to mention that he had provoked the altercation by brandishing the shotgun. Dan advises Sills that Keeley and West are being sought primarily as witnesses to the accident and notes that Mrs. Sills seems to be seeking to distance herself somewhat from her husband's statements. When Keeley and West are located, Dan and Officer Dorsey hear a very different story concerning the incident and ... Written by
This is the town of Sunland Park. To someone just passing through, it's barely a wide spot in the road, a pleasant little place with a park and a playground for children. Nothing of any significance could have happened there. But the residents of this town, especially Mrs. Bernie Sills, knew this to be untrue. The Highway Patrol knew it, too. For recent events in Sunland Park had been far too significant in terms of violence and tragedy.
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Watching this particular episode I couldn't help wondering whether the outlaw motorcycle gang that ravaged the small California town where this episode took place wasn't the group that Marlon Brando was the big honcho in. Clearly the influence of The Wild Ones was present in this story.
Two bikers played by John Compton and a young Clint Eastwood arrive in town and go to the local hash house for some breakfast. Because a biker gang had been there before and trashed the town and crippled his wife Paula Houston, owner Jack Edwards orders them off the place and uses a shotgun as a convincer. Houston calls the Highway Patrol and the responding officer is killed in a collision with a truck.
It was an interesting episode especially after Broderick Crawford hears from both Compton and Eastwood and gets their side. Throws a different light on the events and how Crawford has to proceed.
For all you Clint Eastwood fans a chance to see him in his early days before he became an icon.
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