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
$100,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $789,000 in 2009. See more »
The robbers while on the beach are all wearing jackets, yet the skin diver is wearing only swim trunks. If it were cool enough for jackets, the diver would wear a wetsuit. With an air date in February 1956, it was filmed in the winter of 1955, so the apparel of the robbers was correct. 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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