Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 35

Desperate Men (1 Jun. 1959)

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Two fugitives get into the boiler room of a hospital and threaten to destroy the building by tying down the safety valve if they are not permitted to go free.

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William Boyett ...
Billy Halop ...
Steve Dorn (as Bill Halop)
Patrick Waltz ...
Gabe
Ted Jacques ...
Logan
Alan Reynolds ...
Dr. Feuer
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee
Art Gilmore ...
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Steve Dorn and his partner Gabe are forced to abandon their getaway car after a robbery and murder. Desperate to escape in any way possible, they take refuge in the boiler room of a hospital. They hold Logan (the hospital engineer) hostage and learn that equipment in the room also controls the hospital's electricity and other critical life-sustaining systems. Dorn threatens to destroy the building and kill as many of its occupants as possible by tying down the boiler's safety valve if he and Gabe are not permitted to go free. Dr. Feuer (the physician in charge) advises Dan Mathews that this is not an idle threat and that massive destruction and loss of life could conceivably be caused by this action. Dan knows that Dorn is sufficiently desperate to carry out the threat and he is also aware that he has very little time to prevent the catastrophe. He orders Sergeant Williams to penetrate the boiler room from a little-used tunnel in order to give Officer Larrabee an opportunity to shoot ... Written by Sam Spear

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Dr. Feuer: From the hospital's standpoint, they couldn't have picked a worse room!
Chief Dan Mathews: What do you mean?
Dr. Feuer: Well, it's called the boiler room, but actually it's much more than that. It controls not only heat and water, but the ventilating system and all our entire electrical power. They can cut off the oxygen tents, incubators. Why, they can do a disastrous amount of damage from that room if they discover it!
Chief Dan Mathews: They'll discover it!
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