Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 25

Plant Robbery (19 Mar. 1956)

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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.



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Episode cast overview:
Steven Ritch ...
Art Denson
Mercedes Shirley ...
Kay Denson
Paul Gary ...
Walter E. Burns
Terry Frost ...
Sgt. Moore
Monty Ash ...
Al (Lab Technician)
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Dorsey
James Logan ...
Mr. Gregory
Art Gilmore ...
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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 Sam Spear

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19 March 1956 (USA)  »

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$29,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $229,000 in 2009. See more »


The fake armored truck and the real one both had the same license plate. See more »


Walt Burns: Art, I was just thinkin'...
Art Denson: Thinkin' about making the split now, huh?
Walt Burns: Well, I don't see anything so terrible about it!
Art Denson: I musta told you a hundred times where most guys run into trouble - they make a plan and then don't stick with it! The cops can't get you unless you got a record. In our case, they haven't got any because we never pulled a job before. We planned not to touch this money for six months, didn't we?
Walt Burns: Well, sure, but...
Art Denson: That's the way it's gonna be with you and this auto shop of ...
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For the love of money...
13 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A supermarket is robbed by men disguised as armored car drivers. Mathews quickly figures out that the toughest part was to disguise the truck as an armored car. The cops are soon onto a local body shop whose owner and culprit recently purchased a large quantity of sheet metal. The owner gets scared and runs to his confederate Art Densen who with his wife has a diner across from the supermarket they robbed. The body shop owner is scared and wants his money right away even though Art tells him they need to wait. Art gets more and more out of control and fixates on the money and delves deeper into evil by killing his confederate and going after his scared wife. A solid episode.

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