Steve Naylor was imprisoned for six years for his part in stealing $250,000 in an armored car robbery. The money was never recovered and an insurance investigator has been watching him and informing Dan Mathews of his movements. When the investigator informs Dan Mathews that Naylor has suddenly broken his routine, Dan and his officers know they must be discreet about following the tail-wise felon. They use an unmarked car and triangulation radio equipment (complete with concealed transmitter) to follow Naylor and his accomplice Carson to the remote hiding place. A gun battle erupts after the money has been dug up. Naylor and Carson's greed and mutual distrust for each other result in an ironic climax. Written by
This was the first episode to no longer name California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Bernard R. Caldwell in the opening segment and give credit to the CHP for technical assistance. Beginning with this episode, they were dedicated to the highway patrols throughout the nation and generically gave thanks for technical advice without naming any agency. This change did not align with Caldwell's tenure, since he served as CHP Commissioner until 1959. Caldwell lived to age 93 and died in San Diego in 1994. See more »
When discussing the routes Naylor could take, Matthews says if he goes a certain direction they'd have to tail him, there was nothing else they could do. In the past and in the future, the highway patrol used a helicopter, to include keeping track of a vehicle in the desert. See more »
One of the most careful drivers in the Highway Patrol's experience was an ex-convict. Steve Naylor never failed to give the right-of-way, always watching carefully at every intersection. Naylor was out on probation after serving five years for a two-hundred-fifty-thousand-dollar robbery, which he claimed he had never committed. The Highway Patrol had been waiting for Naylor to go for the stolen money. But since his release he had lived strictly within the law, always being careful,...
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After serving "five years in the pen" for his part in a $250,000 heist, released convict Paul Sorensen (as Steve Naylor) is out of jail and looking to pick up his share of the never recovered loot. He goes to a diner and meets greasy owner Gary Roark (as Carson), who has the other half of a guide to the money. The suspicious and tenuously partnered men drive off to get the cash. Little do they know "Highway Patrol" star Broderick Crawford (as Dan Mathews) is hot on their trail. A shoot-out ends tragically for some. Undercover in the diner officer Eddie Gallagher (as Peterson) has a nice bit.
***** Released Convict (3/26/56) Paul Guilfoyle ~ Paul Sorensen, Broderick Crawford, Gary Roark, Eddie Gallagher
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