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
Officer Dennis
Dean Cromer ...
Officer (as Michael Kopcha)
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 »


[first lines]
Narrator: Although any breach of law and order is the subject of immediate and vigorous action on the part of the Highway Patrol, a special target of any law enforcement agency is the criminal who has escaped detection over a long period of time. Such a case occurred on September 9th, when a holdup by a man identified only as "the polka-dot bandit" climaxed a series of unsolved crimes. After four weeks of intensive investigation, there was still no clue to the elusive criminal.
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