Plot Author Matching "Sam" (Sorted by Year Ascending)



1. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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69 Metascore

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,603

2. Dark Waters (1944)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.5
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A woman returns to the USA after a German U-boat sank her ship, and finds out that someone wants to kill her for her inheritance.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, Thomas Mitchell, Fay Bainter

Votes: 887

3. House of Strangers (1949)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler

Votes: 3,024

4. Racket Squad (1950–1953)
Episode: The Case of the Miracle Mud (1951)

30 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Jim Edwards' supposedly crippled leg heals after he begins soaking it in a mineral spring located on a run-down property that he bought for a bargain price.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Reed Hadley, Jess Barker, Linda Leighton, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 10

5. Racket Squad (1950–1953)
Episode: The Christmas Caper (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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Braddock and his men investigate several con artists who use phony street corner Santa Clauses to collect money for poor children and distribute it among themselves.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Reed Hadley, Lloyd Corrigan, Jackie Coogan, Alan Dexter

Votes: 24

6. Racket Squad (1950–1953)
Episode: The Case of No Questions Asked (1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Forced to return to work following her husband's untimely death, a struggling young mother's custody of her 3-year old daughter is challenged after the child suffers injuries while left at a substandard day care facility.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Reed Hadley, Suzanne Alexander, Mimi Gibson, Paula Winslowe

Votes: 6

7. Racket Squad (1950–1953)
Episode: The Case of Lady Luck (1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Captain Braddock is asked to discreetly investigate when the new wife of an influential member becomes conspicuously and profitably successful in bridge games at an exclusive country club.

Director: Harve Foster | Stars: Reed Hadley, Hal March, Hillary Brooke, Roy Roberts

Votes: 5

8. Public Defender (1954–1955)
Episode: The Arsonist (1954)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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A disturbed teen-aged boy begins setting fires in the neighborhood following an altercation with his father.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Reed Hadley, Catherine McLeod, Dwayne Hickman, Walter Coy

9. Public Defender (1954–1955)
Episode: The Ring (1954)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Bart Matthews takes a personal initiative to assist a carnival entertainer accused of stealing an heirloom ring worth $15,000.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Reed Hadley, James Gleason, Marie Windsor, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 5

10. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Father Thief (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A young man is put in the uncomfortable position of trying to cover up his father's theft of automobile accessories.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Frank Gerstle, Del Erickson, Jim Hayward

Votes: 56

11. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Reformed Criminal (1955)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Dan Mathews has reason to suspect the worst when a courier with a criminal record disappears with $31,000 after an automobile accident.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Lee Roberts, House Peters Jr., Terry Frost

Votes: 48

12. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Reckless Driving (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Tragedy results when an impatient traveling salesman refuses to heed numerous warnings concerning his predilection for speeding and taking chances while driving.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Hugh Sanders, Vivi Janiss, Grant Scott

Votes: 60

13. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Human Bomb (1955)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A distraught engineer sets out on a suicide mission to destroy the chemical plant at which he was formerly employed.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Broderick Crawford, William Vaughn, Ralph Montgomery, Marty May

Votes: 51

14. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Desert Town (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Dan Mathews is determined to find out why the residents of a small town are behaving suspiciously and anxious to see him leave.

Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Clark Howat, Kay Faylen, Don C. Harvey

Votes: 64

15. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Machine-Napping (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Two thieves steal a $100,000 computer and demand that amount as ransom in exchange for its safe return.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Guy Kingsford, Sidney Clute, Paul Power

Votes: 60

16. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Lookout (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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An innocent man who unknowingly accompanies two acquaintances on an armed robbery flees and finds himself pursued by the Highway Patrol and by one of the revenge-seeking felons.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Michael Garth, Meg Randall, Bill Page

Votes: 50

17. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Radioactive (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Dan Mathews and his officers race against time to find a stolen oil indicator device that contains potentially lethal radioactive pellets.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Jack Stang, Cyril Delevanti, George Meader

Votes: 62

18. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Gambling (1955)

25 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Dan Mathews and his officers assist a county sheriff in closing down a club that offers illicit gambling.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Morgan Jones, Robert Knapp, Russ Whiteman

Votes: 59

19. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Hitchhiker (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A series of fraudulent insurance claims is discovered after Dan Mathews and his officers learn that the "accidental" death of a migrant worker was actually a homicide.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Paul Keast, John Ayres, Robin Short

Votes: 59

20. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Phony Insurance (1955)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A "transportation maintenance service" provided to trucking companies by an apparently legitimate businessman proves to be little more than a protection racket.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Roy Engel, Robert Nash, James Anderson

Votes: 47

21. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Retired Gangster (1955)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Dan Mathews personally takes on the task of protecting a former crime boss who is scheduled to testify before a grand jury.

Director: Alvin Ganzer | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Gordon Wynn, Carleton Young, Jonathan Haze

Votes: 51

22. Public Defender (1954–1955)
Episode: Your Witness (1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Bart Matthews defends Karl Novak, who faces a second-degree murder charge following the grisly slaying of a storekeeper.

Director: Harve Foster | Stars: Reed Hadley, Walter Coy, Virginia Gregg, Parley Baer

23. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Thriller, War

8.3
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 19,815

24. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Professor Lute Bone (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.5
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Professor Bone is a well meaning medicine man who shows up in Dodge selling an elixir with potentially deadly side effects.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 133

25. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Reunion '78 (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.8
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Long Branch hostess Belle Archer sees Jerry Shand shoot a former Quantrill Raider dead in self defense, but refuses to say so, and now he faces a murder trial.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 121

26. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Young Man with a Gun (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.0
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After Matt beats fast gun and braggart Sam Kircher in a gunfight, Kircher's inexperienced teen brother comes to town and tells Matt he will learn to use a gun, and then kill him.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 116

27. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Dead Patrolman (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A Highway Patrol officer is murdered while pursuing a car stolen from a lonely bookstore owner.

Director: Jack Herzberg | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Hank Patterson, Ruth Clifford, Gene Roth

Votes: 50

28. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Kidnap Copter (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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The Highway Patrol helicopter travels to a remote and mountainous area to airlift a critically injured kidnap victim and aid in the capture of the kidnappers.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Robert Crosson, Sydney Smith, Ward Wood

Votes: 47

29. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Motel Robbery (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A man and two women who specialize in robbing roadside motels become increasingly confident and reckless.

Director: Gilbert Kay | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Rhodes Reason, Marilyn Buferd, Lynette Bernay

Votes: 57

30. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Motorcycle A (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A café owner's grudge against motorcyclists leads to the accidental death of a Highway Patrol officer.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Jack Edwards, Paula Houston, Clint Eastwood

Votes: 95

31. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Plant Robbery (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Three thieves use a counterfeit armored car and stolen uniforms to steal $29,000 from a supermarket. The leader of the group becomes increasingly unpredictable and prone to violence as Dan Mathews and his men close in.

Director: Henry S. Kesler | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Steven Ritch, Mercedes Shirley, Paul Gary

Votes: 47

32. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Missing Witness (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A woman's ill-advised attempt to save her former fiancé from a murder conviction results in the realization that the actual killer may still be at large.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Pat Walter, Bing Russell, Morgan Jones

Votes: 49

33. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Runaway Boy (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Fearing an operation, a resourceful boy with damaged eyesight manages to stay just a step ahead of the Highway Patrol's efforts to return him safely to his parents.

Director: Harry Gerstad | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Brad Morrow, Eve McVeagh, Howard Wright

Votes: 47

34. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Hot Rod (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A career felon and his mechanically-skilled younger brother stage a series of armed robberies using a supercharged roadster as their getaway car.

Director: Jack Herzberg | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Gordon Lacy, Joel Smith, Jay Douglas

Votes: 57

35. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Girl Bandit (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A scheming woman takes advantage of her husband, her paramour, and a complete stranger in an attempt to flee the U. S. with $53,000 in stolen funds.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Michael Forest, Bruce Cowling, Gayne Whitman

Votes: 49

36. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: The Search (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A fleeing murderer's charm enables him to enlist the unwitting aid of several law-abiding citizens in his efforts to elude the Highway Patrol.

Director: Jack Herzberg | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Richard Vath, Gail Kobe, Pat O'Malley

Votes: 61

37. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Trailer Story (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A murderous fugitive hitches a ride with a newlywed couple who are pulling a travel trailer, then takes them as hostages when they learn his identity from a radio broadcast.

Director: Jack Herzberg | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Jay Douglas, David Carlile, Cynthia Baer

Votes: 52

38. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Lie Detector (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Dan Mathews utilizes polygraph testing to identify the individuals who are responsible for the violent robbery of an elderly motel owner.

Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Byron Keith, Marie Stoddard, Gene Reynolds

Votes: 48

39. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Hit and Run (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Dan Mathews must cope with a family's effort to protect an emotionally fragile young woman who fled after striking a pedestrian with her car.

Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Eleanore Tanin, Troy Melton, Margaret Irving

Votes: 49

40. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Prospector (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A poor prospector arouses suspicion when he suddenly begins paying off long-standing debts from a large roll of new $100 bills.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Billy Griffith, Elizabeth Slifer, Stuart Nedd

Votes: 47

41. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Desert Copter (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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The Highway Patrol helicopter pursues a smooth-talking but ruthless murder suspect who is trying to escape with a hostage over little-used desert roads.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Byron Keith, Kirby Smith, Dennis McCarthy

Votes: 42

42. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Resort (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A recovering addict gives Dan Mathews and a state narcotics agent information that helps them identify an exclusive resort as a front for the distribution of heroin.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Will J. White, Nancy Howard, Rhodes Reason

Votes: 45

43. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Fisherman's Luck (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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When two thieves who stole $50,000 are killed in an automobile accident, their other two partners scheme to recover the wreck and the stolen money.

Director: Harry Gerstad | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Frank J. Scannell, Steve Mitchell, Ray Boyle

Votes: 52

44. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Oil Lease (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Two men find themselves unable to flee as planned after they use a stolen bazooka to rob a $33,000 oil field payroll.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Bob J. Human, Robert Roark, Dick Standish

Votes: 41

45. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Christmas Story (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Dan Mathews and Sergeant Corey spend Christmas Eve searching for a lost six-year-old girl.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, William F. Leicester, Jeanne Baird, Michelle Ducasse

Votes: 53

46. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: License Plates (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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An alert boy is able to give Dan Mathews information that provides a critical break in the pursuit of a recidivist thief.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Rayford Barnes, Paul Engle, Jacqueline Holt

Votes: 55

47. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Released Convict (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A patient parolee decides the time is finally right to attempt the recovery of $250,000 stolen in an armored car robbery.

Director: Paul Guilfoyle | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Paul Sorensen, Gary Roark, Fritz Ford

Votes: 45

48. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Plane Crash (1956)

26 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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When a ranger checks the woods where a plane disappeared, it results in his murder and in the discovery of a kidnapped woman.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Guy Williams, Mack Williams, Helen Brown

Votes: 55

49. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Magazine Writer (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The Highway Patrol conducts an intensive search for an endangered crime reporter who may know the identity of a murderer.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Mason Curry, Darlene Albert, Thomas Browne Henry

Votes: 45

50. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Episode: Hot Cargo (1956)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Hijackers feign roadside accidents, knowing that unsuspecting truck drivers will stop and attempt to help.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Hubie Kerns, John Bennes, David Leonard

Votes: 46


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