WAYS TO
WATCH:

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

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay) (as Robert Wesley)
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
William Vaughn ...
Jay Detterick (as William Vaughan)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Bernie Jackson
Marty May ...
Demolition Officer Harry Sellars
Arthur Cassell ...
Schoolboy Hitchhiker
Morgan Jones ...
Sergeant Corey
Charlotte Lawrence ...
Police Dispatcher
Sandy Sanders ...
Motorcycle Patrolman 2646
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1955 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Colour jpstranton
Road Blocks facebook-226-695997
rural location found in many episodes jpstranton
Google Earth holbrookp
Interesting actor trivia holbrookp
Trivia and goofs SealordJohn
Discuss Human Bomb (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?