Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 25

Fear (24 Mar. 1958)

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A family man is forced to commit murder when a would-be blackmailer discovers that he is actually the "Polka Dot Bandit".



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Episode cast overview:
Guy Prescott ...
Ed Merchant
Preston Hanson ...
Keith Tobin
Lynn Cartwright ...
Sally Tobin
Mimi Gibson ...
Debbie Tobin
Wayne Heffley ...
Officer Dennis
Dean Cromer ...
Officer (as Michael Kopcha)
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Keith Tobin's wife Sally and daughter Debbie think he is a salesman, but he is actually the hotly-pursued "Polka Dot Bandit". Would-be blackmailer Ed Merchant discovers Tobin's polka dot mask, gun, and stolen money, and demands half his "take" on all future jobs. Tobin lures Merchant to a remote area and murders him, but his body and car are discovered by Officer Dennis. When Dan Mathews finds Tobin's address in the car, he goes to the Tobin home and exposes Tobin as a thief and murderer in front of Sally. Tobin flees in his car, unaware that Debbie has concealed herself in the trunk to "hide" from Dan and Officer Dennis. A tense pursuit ensues, with Tobin unaware that Debbie is in the trunk and the officers forced to hold their fire to avoid hitting the terrified child. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

24 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Officer Dennis says Merchant was shot at close range by a small caliber revolver, and that the ambulance and medical examiner were on the way. Since no ballistic analysis had taken place and all Dennis would have seen was a bullet wound, he would be unable to determine the caliber nor the type of gun used. See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: Tobin - come out with your hands up!
Keith Tobin: Come and get me!
[hunkers behind car and aims gun at Dan and Officer Dennis]
Chief Dan Mathews: Tobin - don't shoot! Your little girl's in the trunk of your car!
Keith Tobin: You're lying - it's a trap!
Chief Dan Mathews: I give you my word - we'll hold our fire! But get her out of there!!
Keith Tobin: Debbie - are you there?!
Debbie Tobin: Daddy, daddy, I'm here!!
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