Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Gem Robbery 

Rita Hudson accepts delivery of $35,000 worth of imported diamonds on behalf of her employer, Mr. Van Dyce. She is immediately abducted by thieves Ernest Zober and Chuck Barton, who ... See full summary »


Terence Maples


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Chief Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Michael Whalen ... Ernest Zober
Joan Granville Joan Granville ... Lydia Stevens
Marx Hartman Marx Hartman ... Chuck Barton
Norma Wayne Norma Wayne ... Rita Hudson
Joseph J. Greene Joseph J. Greene ... Mr. Van Dyce (as Joe Greene)
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Officer 3220 (as Ronald Foster)
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Dispatcher
William Flaherty William Flaherty ... Mike Hudson
Bruce Wendell Bruce Wendell ... Darrell
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Rita Hudson accepts delivery of $35,000 worth of imported diamonds on behalf of her employer, Mr. Van Dyce. She is immediately abducted by thieves Ernest Zober and Chuck Barton, who received information concerning her movements from Lydia Stevens (Mr. Van Dyce's executive assistant). Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams investigate and deduce that Rita was a victim rather than a perpetrator. They suspect that Lydia may be involved and Dan drops hints that that the Highway Patrol has a detailed description of Zober and Barton and their car. When Lydia panics, Zober and Barton decide to abandon her and go meet "Mr. Darrell", the prospective buyer of the gems. When Lydia realizes she has been duped and abandoned, she tells Dan all she knows. The information enables Dan and his officers to trap "Mr. Darrell" at a roadblock. They quickly locate Zober and Barton as well, and an armed confrontation ensues with Rita perilously near the line of fire. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

ZIV Television Programs See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$35,000 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $258,000 in 2009. See more »


Matthews calls in the house as 1729 Front Street, yet moments earlier Lydia had walked past a street sign indicating the house was on Gardena Avenue before she entered the house. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Robbery is the most prevalent of all crimes, and the one which is the most difficult to prevent. The ingredients of the crime are something of value, and a person willing to take some risk to get possession of it. On January twenty-seventh, Rita Hudson, employed by the International Diamond Imports Company, arrived at the railroad station to claim a shipment of diamonds consigned to her firm - a very simple procedure involving no risk, since only Rita and her employer knew what the...
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Often confused with other jewel robbery episodes of Highway Patrol
6 November 2018 | by frederickgriffinSee all my reviews

This is one of several episodes involving jewel thieves, including Gem Robbery Season 2 Episode 2, Gem Robbery (same name different story) Season 4 Episode 19, and Deadly Diamonds Season 4 Episode 9.

Given the same names, there is some confusion among a number of reviewers on IMDb, YouTube, and other websites. There are also several copies on YouTube that have the wrong title (for example, there is a copy of "Gem Robbery" from Season 4 on YouTube, it is listed as "Deadly Diamonds", also from Season 4.

If you are unsure of which episode you are watching, and you don't have the DVD notes, go to the credits that roll at the end of the show. Read the names of the actors and actresses. That will help you determine which episode you are watching!

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