Three thieves use a counterfeit armored car and stolen uniforms to steal $29,000 from a supermarket. The leader of the group becomes increasingly unpredictable and prone to violence as Dan Mathews and his men close in.
Diner owners Art and Kay Denson and mechanic Walt Burns steal $29,000 from a supermarket by posing as armored truck guards. The elaborate ruse involves stolen guard uniforms and an expertly-crafted bogus armored truck created by Burns. None of the three has a prior criminal record and they figure they will wait for an extended period before spending any of the money. However, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Moore quickly identify Burns as a possible suspect by checking recent orders for sheet metal and bullet-proof glass. When they travel to his body shop to question Burns, he panics and shows up at the Densons' diner to demand his share of the money immediately. Art agrees to meet him on a deserted road for a "settlement", but instead kills him as Kay watches in horror. She becomes increasingly frightened about being involved in murder and attempts to escape from Art, but she is unsuccessful and soon finds herself being used as Art's hostage when Dan and Sergeant Moore show up at the ... Written by
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Early in the story Dan Matthews steps out of his office and talks to the Sergeant sitting at his desk. During their conversation the clock on the wall reads 1:29 with the second hand stuck at 20 seconds. See more »
Police agencies are constantly vigilant, always on the alert for the predictable type of crime. But, unfortunately, all criminal acts are not predictable, and often, the most commonplace incidents, things you may see every day in the street, can have the most unusual significance. These people, disguised as guards for the Superior Armored Car Service, and using a duplicate truck, move quickly and efficiently in stealing twenty-nine thousand dollars. Such was the case in a routine ...
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One of the better Highway Patrols for a number of reasons:
1) Plot --ingenious caper, yet quickly unraveled by Matthews. The bad guys are caught off balance and panic.
2) Night moves -- rare night footage, extra production effort & expense.
3) Metaphor -- Instead of death throes, the murdered Walter Burns' hands just slide off the steering wheel as he dies. Classic!
4) Stuntman -- bad guy Denson nicely rolls off the roof after he's shot.
5) The cars! (see http://www.imcdb.org/movie.php?id=47739, comments) Early in-town episodes of Highway Patrol are loaded with great old cars if you look quickly. Spotted a '39 Lincoln Zephyr (Clark Gable owned one .. I wonder). Many others.
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