Hitchhiker Joe Parker disguises himself, robs drivers who offer him rides, then flees in his own car after meeting his wife Dolly. When he is forced to kill one of his victims, he leaves evidence that enables Dan Mathews to deduce that he and Dolly are traveling cross-country and that he wears actors' makeup while committing his crimes. Desperate for more cash, Joe and Dolly decide to stage an outright armed robbery of a businessman spotted at a roadside diner. A tip from the manager of a local motel concerning a guest who was using actors' makeup helps Dan and Sergeant Williams pinpoint the area in which Joe and Dolly are likely to strike next. A subsequent tip from the diner about the "loitering" couple enables Dan to find Dolly waiting in their car while Joe robs the victim. The Parkers get away temporarily by handcuffing Dan to his car after threatening to kill the businessman, but their increasing desperation and recklessness takes them straight toward a series of roadblocks set ... Written by
The same title ("Hitchhiker") was also used for episode No. 1.6, which originally aired during November 1955. The stories were not similar. See more »
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The man with the thumb isn't seen very often on our nation's highways. But he still exists - a vagabond, a man on the move, and often a menace to society. The Highway Patrol has joined other law enforcement agencies in a program of education, warning both driver and hitchhiker alike of the possible dangerous consequences of this practice.
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