With the help of his new wife Anita, Joe Varnum robs luxury stores by assaulting the proprietors and injecting them with a stolen (and potent) knockout drug to ensure that he will have sufficient time to get away safely. The Highway Patrol's involvement intensifies when two of his victims die from the injections. A radio broadcast alerts the Varnums of one of the deaths and they attempt to flee the state. Dan Mathews is able to ascertain their whereabouts and eventually finds himself involved in a standoff in which Joe Varnum crassly attempts to use Anita as a shield. Written by
Joe puts the money in the trunk of the car and tells his wife that theirs over $13,000.00 in there. In 1957, $13,000.00 had the same buying power as $111,406.70 in 2016. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.71% See more »
When Joe exits the car to go into the store with the old man, you see a stopped 56 Chevy in the middle of the road and begin and accelerate as the camera picks it up. The stopped reflection is also visible across the street in the windows, See more »
Boundaries are just imaginary lines on a map, not strong enough to contain a criminal or to prevent his movement from town to town. It's the job of the Highway Patrol to augment those boundaries; to give them muscle and substance; to prevent crimes if possible; to capture criminals when necessary. Four days ago, a man known as "the hypo bandit" began to operate in this state. His method: Knock his victim into unconsciousness, inject a knockout drop to keep him out for several hours...
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An episode like this had me wishing for high school again. Catch actress Vail (Anita) in her campus queen outfit of the daytight skirt, tight sweater, and a gallery of salivating boys. Too bad this is her one and only screen credit, but then sweet as she is, her acting is a little shaky. Then there's that '57 Batmobile the fugitive couple drives with enough fender for three more cars. In those days they called it "conspicuous consumption".
It's an okay episode that focuses mainly on the fugitive couple. Joe's (Vath) modus operandi is a little different. Before stealing loot from a shop, he injects the clerk with a knockout drop. That way there's no surprises. And that's after Anita's cased the joint for only one clerk. Trouble is Joe's pretty shaky with the tricky drops, so the victim's lucky to wake up at all, which a few don't. So you know who's swinging into action as a result.
A series strength was emphasis on location filming. Thus we see numerous shots of San Fernando Valley streets and LA countryside, circa 1957. Also, can't help thinking that if Joe weren't such a conceited jerk, Anita has enough natural appeal to make their doomed relationship rather poignant. Anyway, all in all, it's the fugitive couple that dominates this okay entry.
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