Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 4

Safecracker (28 Oct. 1957)

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A meticulous safecracker is certain that he can pull off a lucrative jewel theft despite the Highway Patrol's constant surveillance.


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Episode cast overview:
Brett King ...
Stanley Wright
Julie Bennett ...
Mrs. Wright
William Boyett ...
Officer Johnson (as Bill Boyett)
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee
Hal Torey ...
Mr. Herbert
Edmund Cobb ...
Ed Snyder
Art Gilmore ...
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Cocksure Stanley Wright is a meticulous planner and uses an old-fashioned safecracking method that leaves very little evidence. As an ex-con and a recent arrival to the area, he becomes a strong suspect in a series of safecrackings and Dan Mathews has Officer Larrabee tail him in plainclothes. Wright remains highly confident that, with his wife's help, he can outsmart his pursuers. Wright devises an elaborate plan to crack a jewelry store's safe by slipping his tail while apparently attending a church service. The logistics of his scheme work as planned, but he is unaware that Dan and Officer Johnson have requested area merchants to sprinkle the contents of their safes with a fluorescent powder that can be detected with a special light. Written by Sam Spear

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28 October 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: The law enforcement officer's job of apprehending criminals is a difficult one. It is made even more difficult when the criminal is an intelligent craftsman, an expert at his brand of lawbreaking. Stanley Wright was such a man. His method of safecracking was thorough and sensational.
[Wright is seen cracking a safe, removing the money from it, and departing the premises]
Narrator: The Highway Patrol, in trying to gather sufficient evidence to apprehend him, soon realized they were pitted ...
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Highway Patrol: Safecracker (1957)
26 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching these classic television shows from the 1950s because these TV show reruns are great nostalgia for me. I think Broderick Crawford gives a excellent performance throughout the entire Highway Patrol series. In this episode a ex-con Safe Cracker devised a so-called "fool proof" plan for robbing a jewelry store safe on a Sunday morning during church services. Highway Patrol was a syndicated show but definitely was as popular as the broadcast networks prime-time shows! The stories portrayed on the Highway Patrol are a fresh change from what is on television nowadays. The oldies are always the goodies, even when it comes to television shows! I prefer to watch hours of classic television compared to only a few present day shows from the current TV network broadcastings.

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