Three men (Curtis, Taxton, and Geller) rob a series of banks in coastal towns, then abandon their rented getaway cars and disguise themselves as fishermen so they can walk to the beach and escape in a small boat piloted by their leader, Miles Lauber. After robbing the Cresdale City Bank, they shoot a witness in front of the bank and assault skin diver Bill Martin on the beach to conceal their escape. Dan Mathews and his officers get a description of the men and their boat from Martin. When the nearby Fairgrove Bank is robbed of $100,000, Dan and Officer Hansen are able to track the three men to the beach, but find they must first ensure the safety of two small children who are playing nearby. Written by
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When unit 1430 calls Matthews to alert him that the robbers car turned off the road, he keys the microphone and holds the button too long after he finishes talking- Matthews is heard saying "Proceed with caution" while the transmit button is still being held down. Since police radios of that era were only able to transmit or receive at one time, this indicates the sound of Matthews talking was added after the scene was shot. This error is repeated when 1430 calls Matthews to tell him he lost the robbers car and again when he calls in having located the robbers car. He holds down the transmit button during the entire conversation. See more »
The average citizen in America, wherever he lives, does not expect to be robbed or assaulted or victimized. And the average criminal, although his chief weapon is surprise, usually does the expected after his crime. Usually he is quickly caught. Occasionally a criminal does the unexpected.
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After bank robbers rob banks in coastal towns, they soon dump their cars, pose as fishermen and make their getaway in a boat where a cohort awaits them. This ploy is quickly sussed out after the Highway Patrol interviews a skin diver who had been attacked by the robbers. They lay a trap for the robbers but it is complicated by the fact that two children are playing on the beach where the robbers are waiting to get on the "getaway" boat. The best part of the show was how Chief Mathews interacted with the children to get them away from the beach. It was very well done. Another high point was seeing Stuart Whitman, an actor I always liked, play the skin diver. The beach location was also interesting - a long stretch of beach with only a couple of large houses in the background. Wonder what that beach looks like today.
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