This is an episode of the long running (1964-1976) Australian Police series, HOMICIDE.
Prison inmate, Gerard Kennedy, is on an outside work detail when he jumps guard, Peter Armstrong. He takes Armstrong's rifle and brutally beats him to death. Kennedy, doing life for murdering a Police constable, now jumps the fence and escapes into the nearby Melbourne suburbs.
He carjacks Audrey Stern and takes her hostage. He gives her an address and tells her to get driving. Kennedy hunches down in the back with the rifle pointed at Stern's back.
By this time the call has went out about Kennedy's escape and his murder of the guard. Detective, Leonard Teale, hears the call and is in the area.
Stern sees Teale approaching in his Police car and swerves into his way. She hopes the cop will see Kennedy in the back. Teale jumps out of his car and comes over to give Stern hell. Kennedy pops out of the back and shoots Teale three times in the chest. Teale falls to the ground bleeding profusely.
Kennedy gives Stern a slap and piles back in the car. "Go!" He shouts in her ear. He has Stern drive to an used car lot ran by ex-con, Len Sweeny.
Kennedy tells Sweeny he wants to swap Stern's car for another. He knows there were witnesses on the street where he shot Teale. He figures the Police must have the license number so the car is hot. Sweeny is reluctant to help but the gun stuck in his face quickly changes that idea.
Kennedy shoves Stern into the new motor and drives off after warning Sweeny to keep quiet.
Kennedy has Stern drive to the house of another ex-con, Peter Blake. Blake lets Kennedy in where he pushes Stern into a chair. He then grabs a bottle and takes a long swig.
While all this is happening, Detective Teale has been rushed to the hospital. Fellow Detectives, Terry McDermott and John Fegan are at Teale's side checking with the medical staff about the severity of the wounds. Bad is the answer they get.
Back to the squad room they go where the new detective, Les Dayman is waiting. Dayman is the best shot on the force.
Out comes the known associates file on Kennedy. And a large file it is. The Police start kicking doors with weapons in hand as they search for the swine, Kennedy.
At his hideout, Kennedy sends out Blake to get beer, hair dye and some clothes. When Blake leaves, Kennedy smiles and reaches for Stern as the camera fades out.
When Blake returns, Kennedy has the crying Stern cut her hair and dye it blonde. The three of them pile into Blake's car and head out for a little armed robbery. Kennedy plans to knock off a local shopping mart.
Just after Kennedy etc leave, the Police come barrelling in. They boot in Blake's door and have a quick look see around. They find Stern's old clothes and the hair dye bottle. An all points bulletin on Blake's auto is sent out.
Kennedy has now pulled his hold-up and the three take off in Blake's car. A passing patrol car spots the plates and calls it in. The detectives jump back in their cars and set off in pursuit.
They bottle up the car on a bridge and grab up Blake. Kennedy, however, has gotten away on foot towing a fighting Stern along.
Detectives, McDermott and Dayman corner Kennedy in a park. McDermott attempts to talk Kennedy into surrendering. Needless to say Kennedy has no intention on coming quietly. Stern breaks away as Kennedy shoots McDermott. Marksman Dayman, in return, puts four rounds where they will do the most damage, killing Kennedy.
Detective McDermott, however, has been fatally wounded. A doctor is called but he expires before help arrives.
This is an incredibly violent episode for 1966. Three murders and a rape probably would not have made US television then.(b/w)