A distraught engineer sets out on a suicide mission to destroy the chemical plant at which he was formerly employed.



(screenplay) (as Robert Wesley)

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Episode cast overview:
William Vaughn ...
Jay Detterick (as William Vaughan)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Bernie Jackson
Demolition Officer Harry Sellars
Arthur Cassell ...
Schoolboy Hitchhiker
Sergeant Corey
Charlotte Lawrence ...
Police Dispatcher
Motorcycle Patrolman 2646
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Disgruntled engineer Jay Detterich rigs his car with stolen explosives hooked to a "dead man's switch" and goes on a suicide mission to destroy the chemical plant that terminated his employment. The plant is in a populous area and the Highway Patrol is instructed to treat the situation as a "Civil Defense Red Alert". Dan Mathews, a motorcycle officer, and a demolitions expert must risk their own lives to prevent massive destruction and loss of life. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the state the highway patrol is located in is never officially disclosed, the map Matthews refers to after receiving the bomb call shows US routes 34 and 36 along with towns named Akron and Brush. This is an actual location in northeastern Colorado. Colorado has a state patrol, not a highway patrol. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Every criminal is dangerous, but most dangerous of all is the criminal whose only motive is hate. The one who will sacrifice his own life to take another. His unorthodox planning creates the most deadly type of crime. Such a man was Jay Detterick.
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Too much hatred and despair
6 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An engineer has been dismissed from employ of a chemical plant and broods about it for a long time until finally he decides to destroy both himself and the entire plant. His sister and brother-in- law have tried to nurture and counsel him but to no avail. The brother-in-law sees the engineer arming the car with explosives and calls the Highway Patrol. The guy has also put a "dead man's switch" on the steering wheel in case the cops decide to just shoot him. This is actually a pretty tense episode and interesting too that when caught, the engineer shows no regret over what he tried to do but only regret that he didn't succeed. This episode has a bit of dialog I've noticed in a few other episodes. Back in days before 911, for any emergency one often called the operator (super organized people had a list of emergency phone numbers by their phone). When the brother-in- law calls the operator he says: "Operator, it's an emergency, get me the Highway Patrol." People in an emergency are so much more likely to say "Get me the police!" Every time I hear a character say this, it rings false.

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