Two men steal dynamite and blasting caps for use in future crimes, unaware that any radio transmission signal could trigger the caps and set off a devastating explosion.


(as Johnny Florea)


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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Ken Drake ...
Joe Hodges
Ron Gorton ...
Freeman Lusk ...
George Sharpe
Elinor Dale ...
Charles Reade ...
Frank Warren ...
Officer Simpson
Bill Weston ...
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Joe Hodges and his partner Frank rob the Merrill Construction Co. of $5,000, several boxes of blasting caps, and several cases of dynamite. They stow the explosives in their car trunk, intending to use them in future crimes. When Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams investigate the theft, foreman George Sharpe explains that the caps are radio activated and could be set off by any unusually strong radio transmission signal. Dan orders his officers not to use their two-way radios and sets up a series of roadblocks, one of which prevents Joe and Frank's escape. Hodges attempts to use the dynamite as a shield in a desperate attempt to secure their release, but Dan's knowledge of explosives helps break the tense standoff. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

27 October 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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At one point in this episode, the dispatcher addresses Dan as "Mr. Mathews". This was somewhat unusual, since the writers for the show typically avoided situations in which he was addressed by name or title by any of the Highway Patrol officers or employees. Different state Highway Patrols have different names and organizational structures, and they also have varying titles for their commanding officers. Even though the California Highway Patrol provided technical advice and assistance to the show, the scriptwriters used a generic approach in order to avoid the appearance that any particular Highway Patrol organization was being favored. See more »


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Narrator: Law enforcement agencies agree that one of the most difficult criminals to apprehend is the first offender, the man with no previous record, who plans to strike once then disappear. On February 3rd, two such men set out to commit their version of the perfect crime. While doing so, they endangered the lives of hundreds of innocent people.
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