This is the pilot episode of "State Trooper". This series ran for 104 episodes between 1956 and 59. Rod Cameron headlines as a detective for the Nevada State Police.
In this episode our man Rod is assigned to help out the Las Vegas Police Dept. It seems a gunman is robbing gamblers who drive out of town at night. He uses a fake police light and siren to pull over the victims. Fork over the cash or die is his line. Some put up a fight which has resulted in 3 murders out of the 7 holdups.
Rod goes undercover at the casino were all 7 of the victims had stayed. He flashes a roll and waits to see if anyone bites at the bait. Soon pretty Jean Byron is snapping at the lure. The old "take me out to dinner and what a fat roll you have" line soon comes into play. She quizzes Cameron on when he is leaving and was he lucky at the tables. Cameron plays along in order to flush out the gunman.
Jean it seems picks the marks and passes the info to accomplice Cliff Ferre. Ferre does all the heavy work and the two split the take. Cameron lets Byron know that he is hitting the road that night. He then waits for Byron to let Ferre know the game is on. Cameron and the local cops now set up a sting operation. Cameron heads out of Vegas and is soon waylaid by Ferre. The lowlife soon learns that exchanging rounds with a cop is not going to end successfully.
This is a fast, no nonsense, police procedural that kills a half hour quite well.
I recall Jean Byron from her stint on "The Patty Duke Show". The rest of the cast includes, Jackie De Witt, James Nolan and vet noir player Don Haggerty.
The story was by Lawrence Kimble who did "One Way Street", "Two of a Kind", "Cover-Up" and "San Quentin".
The d of p was William Sickner who shot "Cry Vengeance", "Loophole" and various "Charlie Chan" films.
The director was vet TV helmsman Richard Irving.
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