Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Father Thief 

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

Writer:

Robert M. Fresco (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Betts
Del Erickson Del Erickson ... Grant Elliot
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Charles Elliot
Jay Douglas ... Officer Len Dorsey
Robert Shield Robert Shield ... Dr. Miller
George Taylor George Taylor ... Ralph Yates
William Traylor William Traylor ... Officer
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Storyline

Grant Elliot accidentally hits Officer Len Dorsey when he panics during a routine traffic stop. Grant takes the injured officer to the hospital, but cannot explain why there were numerous auto parts in the back of his truck. He later learns that his father Charles has been stealing auto accessories and selling them to onetime petty thief Ralph Yates for quick cash. Charles asks Grant to deny the thefts, and implies that the boy should take responsibility for them if need be to protect the family. Dan Mathews does not believe Grant is guilty of the thefts, so he and Sergeant Betts launch a determined investigation to expose Charles as a pusillanimous felon who would ask his own son to take the blame for his crimes. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

This episode aired four days before Broderick Crawford's 44th birthday (born 12-09-1911). See more »

Goofs

A juvenile offender that caused serious injury to a police officer would not be turned loose. His parent would have been notified and would have been required to pick up the juvenile. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Every traffic violator has his own personal excuse for breaking the law, but the Highway Patrol is trained to recognize the difference between excuses and reasons. Usually the reasons involve lack of judgment, carelessness. But on October ninth, Officer Len Dorsey spotted a driver exceeding the speed limit for another reason: fear motivated by guilt.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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