Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 25

Diversion Robbery (1959)

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Two men use explosions as a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the scenes of their holdups.


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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Paul Herrick
Pierre Watkin ...
Mr. Larson
Bert Nelson
Joy Pettit ...
Sylvia Davis
Ron Foster ...
Officer 1410
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee (as Van Skarstedt)
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Paroled explosives expert Bert Nelson and his partner Paul Herrick place time bombs in vacant lots near the scenes of their planned holdups. The loud but harmless explosions create a diversion that permits them to commit their crimes quickly in the confused atmosphere and escape with few witnesses. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams notice a pattern developing and Dan diverts all available units to the relatively small area in which Nelson and Herrick are likely to strike. After their third robbery nets $10,000, the two thieves find a phalanx of officers converging on the area. With all main roads covered, they make a high-risk attempt to escape by trespassing onto the nearby network of dirt fire roads. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though only one of them dies on the show, the actors playing the robbers, Ed Nelson and Richard Bull would both die in 2014 within 6 months of each other. Bull died at age 89 in February and Nelson at age 85 in August. See more »


Sirens are used to warn other traffic. The use of sirens on vacant fire roads was useless and only served to let the criminals know the location of the police vehicles. See more »

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