Trusted secretary Doris Mauldin steals $50,000 from the Colton Valley Farmers' Co-Operative and solicits the assistance of her boyfriend "Dusty" Dunn to transport the cash to a safe hiding place in his crop dusting plane. Her manager and co-workers vouch for her honesty and efficiency, but most of the other possible suspects are painstakingly eliminated. When Dan Mathews notices a white dust handprint on the back of Ms. Mauldin's dress, he deduces that she and Dunn are romantically involved. He utilizes a ruse that compels Ms. Mauldin to expose her involvement by attempting to flee with Dunn in his plane.Written by
Doris Mauldin steals $50,000.00 from the office where she works. In 1957, $50,000.00 had the same buying power as $428,487.32 in 2016. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.71% See more »
In its day-to-day job of enforcing the law, the Highway Patrol has come to know many types of lawbreakers, their methods, and habits. But some fit no previous pattern. This girl - an efficient secretary, hardworking, thorough, and loyal. For five years, she has held her daily job with the Colton Valley Farmers' Co-Operative. Doris Mauldin does not look like a criminal, nor has she ever been one. Until today.
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Paula Houston delivers an ace performance as the super-efficient secretary in a farm co-op. The actress's credits are only six and I wonder why. She was certainly good enough for a TV career and maybe more. I guess it goes to show how much talent exists on the edges of the industry. Meanwhile, get a load of the run-down warehouse. No upscale Sunset & Vine here. Clearly, production rented a real structure out in the LA boondocks. The realistic touch lends credibility to the co-op if not to the flawless secretary who's skills suggest a career on Wall Street. Perhaps, instead of a bigger job, she's planned this major heist from the lowly co-op for years.
As reviewer telegonus observes, action doesn't pick up til the second part. The real draw, however, is the plain-faced Mrs. Mauldin and her no-nonsense personality. Seldom did 50's TV make a woman the mastermind of a criminal operation, but here the gamble rates a resounding A+.
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