Hank Lloyd and "Red" Strayson steal a $50,000 payroll, but are killed in an auto accident on the way to the Pinecrest fishing resort to meet job mastermind Gil Martin and his henchman Joe. The Highway Patrol impounds the wreck, but Gil and Joe steal it from the impound garage, recover the stolen money, and conceal the wreck in the brush near their fishing cabin. When Officer Dorsey finds the wreck, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Johnson decide to question some of the nearby fishermen. While questioning Gil and Joe, Dan notices that Joe's jeep has paint marks that weren't there previously and surmises that it was used to tow the wreck. Gil and Joe's unsuccessful attempt to escape vindicates Dan's hunch. Written by
$50,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $395,000 in 2009. See more »
The enforcement of the traffic laws is one of the major functions of the Highway Patrol. Despite constant vigilance, recklessness and speed bring their daily toll of life and property. On May first, two men were speeding to a resort area. They were dressed like fishermen, they looked like fishermen. But they were different from most fishermen.
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Two young men have just robbed the $50,000 payroll from an industrial plant. As the two are making their getaway in a car, the sadly overly cocky and careless driver runs the car into a tree, killing them both. At the scene, Matthews ruefully notes that "They'd be alive now if they wore safety belts." I wasn't aware seat belts were that available on cars in 1956. At any rate, the robbery's mastermind, Gil Martin, and his henchman Joe have been awaiting at a fishing camp for the two young men. They learn of the accident and that the police did not find the loot hidden in the car. They steal the impounded car from the lot, retrieve the stolen money, and then hide the wrecked car. But Joe and the mastermind didn't do a very good job of covering the car with brush and it's quickly discovered by a Highway Patrol officer. Thanks to Matthews' keen observation, the culprits are tracked down. This is a pretty average entry - entertaining enough but nothing special.
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