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Escape to Sonoita 

Two kidnappers think they have made their escape when they hijack a tanker in the dry desert, leaving the occupants and a female victim behind to die.


Stuart Rosenberg


James A. Howard (teleplay by), Bill S. Ballinger (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Burt Reynolds ... Bill Davis
Murray Hamilton ... Marsh
Venetia Stevenson ... Stephanie Thomas
James Bell ... Andy Davis
Harry Dean Stanton ... Lemon (as Dean Stanton)
Robert Karnes ... Patrolman
George Dockstader George Dockstader ... Patrolman


Bill and Andy Davis are driving an old tanker truck across the desert when, 85 miles from their destination, they truck develops engine problems. A passing car gets stuck in the sand and it turns out the occupants have kidnapped a young woman in Phoenix and are on the run with the $100,000 ransom they've collected. They decide to take the truck to continue their escape but fight over the limited water available. One kidnapper shoots the other, but he eventually dies of thirst. Turns out he was much closer to water than he thought. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 June 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Burt Reynolds heads an excellent cast
27 October 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Escape to Sonoita" features an exceptional cast of up and coming actors, such as Burt Reynolds, Murray Hamilton, and Harry Dean Stanton. James Bell and Reynolds play a father and son pair of truck drivers who make a stop in the middle of the Arizona desert to allow their overheating vehicle time to cool off. Before long, a badly damaged car rumbles into view, carrying two thirsty men (Hamilton and Stanton) who soon reveal themselves to be kidnappers of a young woman (Venetia Stevenson) tied up in the back seat. The villains decide to transport their ransom money by stealing the tanker and heading South for the Mexican border, leaving the three innocents to broil under the harsh desert sun. The final twist provides a most fitting sting in the tail for the hapless kidnappers. 24 year old Burt Reynolds was in his third year on television, while 34 year old Harry Dean Stanton began in 1954, and 37 year old Murray Hamilton from 1951.

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