Ex-con Harry Burke and his brother Tommy (a skilled mechanic and sometime stock car racer) stage a series of armed robberies, using a hand-built supercharged roadster to escape pursuing Highway Patrol officers. When one of their getaways results in the hit-and-run death of an innocent woman, Dan Mathews and Officers Dorsey and Larrabee redouble their efforts. They obtain assistance from Bert Case, the head of the local hot rod club, to determine who may have a car fitting the description of the Burkes' roadster. They also prepare to quickly establish roadblocks so that they will be in position to intercept the Burkes if they strike again. When the Burkes commit another holdup, they are unaware that Dan and Officer Dorsey have already eliminated the other possible suspects and are headed for the Burkes' home, where an armed confrontation becomes inevitable. Written by
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Riding in the car after the first robbery, Harry tells Tommy, "You better slow down." His lips keep moving for about two more seconds, but no words are heard. The only sound is the car engine. See more »
In their never-ending war to escape law enforcement agencies, criminals are constantly devising new weapons. The weapon of the Burke brothers was speed, an automobile on which they had lavished thousands of dollars, and a great deal of mechanical skill. Early one spring morning, on a back road in the town of Midvale, the car was put through its final testing.
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I really liked this episode. My family got our first TV during the time that Highway Patrol was being originally broadcast. But the comment from the producers about a supercharger are wrong- the car does not have such. "Normally-aspirated", meaning that it uses only atmospheric pressure to move the fuel-air mix into the cylinders. The engine in the car is probably an Oldsmobile. Less likely, but remotely possible that it is a Cadillac. Definitely not a Ford, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, nor Chrysler product. The episode does have the reality that such a hot rod most likely could outrun any of the Patrol vehicles. The episode also shows the harm that can result from speeding and reckless driving.
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