Using a bazooka stolen from a U. S. Army facility, supposed Korean War veteran Virgil Stocker and his partner Alfred Davidson rob a $33,000 payroll from the Reiner Oil Company. When they find themselves bottled in by Highway Patrol roadblocks, they return to the oil field and threaten to use the bazooka to destroy the storage tanks and wells if they are not permitted to go free. Dan Mathews and Army Detective Fletcher (a former tank operator) are able to use a scraper with a heavy blade to get within handgun range of the two. Stocker reveals himself to be a pusillanimous fake who never actually saw combat. When he flees, he is easily captured by Fletcher and Davidson finds himself facing Dan Mathews alone. Written by
$33,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $260,000 in 2009. See more »
In the opening narration, the oil drilling firm is called the Reiner Oil Company. The sign above its office door shows "Reiner Oil Corporation". See more »
The Highway Patrol maintains a constant vigilance to ensure the safe delivery of the millions of dollars worth of cargo which is transported annually over the highways. The shipments are of varying nature and varying value. But the cargo most tempting to the lawbreaker is money. On August 20th of this year, an armored truck was delivering a thirty-three-thousand-dollar payroll to the Reiner Oil Company. The schedule and contents of this truck were known, and a highly dangerous plan...
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