A desperate man confesses to a crime he did not commit in order to obtain a $5,000 reward for his family.



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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Douglas Henderson ...
Jim Rogers
Jimmy Withers
Eleanore Tanin ...
Peg Rogers
Glen Gordon ...
Frank Warren ...
Charles Crafts ...
Mr. Thompson (as Charlie Craft)
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Broke and with a sick child, Jim Rogers tries to burglarize a warehouse. Two hardened criminals (Jimmy Withers and his accomplice Sam) are also robbing the warehouse at the same instant and they kill the watchman while making their getaway. Jim notices that the warehouse's insurer pays a $5,000 reward for information concerning crimes committed against the facility. He picks up the gun that Sam dropped in the fracas and has his wife Peg call the Highway Patrol to turn him in for the reward. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams notice that Jim's story about "the other two guys" has numerous holes and when Jim becomes aware that the reward will not be paid until conviction, he has a change of heart and escapes. Dan and Sergeant Williams trail Jim back to his house, but Withers and Sam have surreptitiously found out about Jim and know that he must have witnessed the watchman's murder. They trail Jim to his house and intend to kill him, but a more ironic outcome awaits. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

15 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$5,000 in 1958 had the same purchasing power as $37,100 in 2009. See more »


Reward money would never be paid to a spouse of the criminal responsible, as this would literally reward criminal activity. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: One of the most important elements in the investigation of a crime is to know whether the criminal is a professional or an amateur. The amateur presents the greatest problem, because he doesn't follow a set pattern, but presents a strange and unintelligible M.O. One Sunday last March, an amateur planned to burglarize a warehouse. His method was crude and direct. But in the execution of his robbery, he ran into unexpected problems, brought about by a one-in-a-million chance ...
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