Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Kidnap Copter 

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.


Lew Landers


Don Brinkley (screenplay) (as Donald A. Brinkley)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Robert Crosson ... Jerry Watts (as Bob Crosson)
Sydney Smith ... Ed - First Kidnapper
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Second Kidnapper
Terry Frost ... Sergeant Morse
Jay Douglas ... Officer Len Dorsey
Jon Locke ... Officer Garvey
Robert Bice ... Game Warden
Joseph Hamilton ... Dr. Simmons (as Joe Hamilton)
Roy Bourgeois Roy Bourgeois ... Roy
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Kidnap victim Jerry Watts is being held in a decrepit mountain cabin by his two kidnappers. After a game warden discovers the three in the cabin, he leaves to advise the Highway Patrol. When Officers Dorsey and Garvey investigate, Jerry takes a chance on an escape is and is critically injured. The armed kidnappers remain in the cabin,but are in position to foil rescue attempts. Dan Mathews and Dr. Simmons travel to the scene in the Highway Patrol helicopter in the hope of airlifting Jerry to safety. When the kidnappers fire on the helicopter, Dan orders Officers Dorsey and Garvey repositioned to fire continuously upon the cabin while the helicopter is used to collapse the decaying roof of the old cabin in order to force the two felons out into the open. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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At one point in the narration, the kidnap site is referred to as being 200 miles from Highway Patrol headquarters. When Dan and Dr. Simmons leave in the helicopter, Dan says that they'll be at the site in 10 minutes See more »


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Narrator: Through bitter experience, the Highway Patrol has learned that the kidnapper is one of the most vicious of all modern criminals. His crime is a carefully premeditated act, planned and performed in utter violation of law and human decency. But every kidnapper is faced with the same three problems: concealing the victim; collecting the ransom; and eluding the men assigned to track him down.
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Ready for Lift-Off
4 October 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Action-filled entry, especially with the copter. Then too, Crawford gets a workout climbing in and out (I hope he liked copters !). Story picks up midway in the kidnapping of son (Roy) of wealthy father. The two kidnappers are keeping him in a rundown shack in the boondocks. Trouble is a game warden figures out who they are and notifies the Patrol. Soon a standoff develops with cops and wounded Roy on outside and kidnappers on inside.

I believe HP was either first or one of first TV series to use copters regularly in law enforcement. Here we get a good look at a two-man version, and note how the stretcher is ferried. Anyway, director Landers does good job with close-ups at right time. I'm not sure, however, how the crooks thought they would escape once they lost their hostage. Then too, it's typical Hollywood shootout where fusillades are fired but hardly anyone gets hit, even when standing behind porous bushes. But that's just carping, when the real draw is action with the copter and Mathews racing about the sticks in his business suit.

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15 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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