Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Diversion Robbery 

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

Director:

Derwin Abrahams (as Derwin Abbe)

Writer:

Lou Huston

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Ed Nelson ... Paul Herrick
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Larson
Richard Bull ... Bert Nelson
Joy Pettit Joy Pettit ... Sylvia Davis
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Officer 1410
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Dispatcher (as Van Skarstedt)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The tires on Matthews' police car when he talked to unit 1410 were very dusty, yet he had not been driving on the dusty dirt road at that point. In the subsequent scene where he is responding to Loring Road they were clean. The scene was filmed out of order. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: When investigating an armed robbery, police officers must often rely on information obtained from the chance passerby. Well aware of this unpredictable element, Paul Herrick and Bert Nelson devised a plan to reduce this hazard. Their method called for the precise timing of a spectacular event to divert attention from the robbery itself.
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