Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Reckless Driving 

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


Leon Benson


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Hugh Sanders ... Harry Brent
Vivi Janiss ... Clara Brent
Grant Scott Grant Scott ... Leo Adams
William Boyett ... Officer Gus Johnson
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... DMV Clerk
Gail Gregg Gail Gregg ... Waitress


A program of stepped-up enforcement reduces the accident rate on a new stretch of highway, but fast-driving salesman Harry Brent fails to heed several warnings. On the recommendation of Dan Mathews, the State DMV suspends Harry's license and his wife Clara begins driving him on his sales trips. Clara's cautious style of driving doesn't set well with Harry's impatient nature and the situation comes to a head when she is unable to drive after her glasses are accidentally broken at a roadside diner. Harry makes an impetuous decision to ignore the Highway Patrol's willingness to help and drive them on the rest of the trip himself, even though he has no driver's license. The decision has tragic consequences. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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This episode includes shots of several motorcycle officers and it is interesting to note that, as late as 1955, they were still wearing the old-fashioned uniform consisting of a bow tie and high-topped boots. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Crimes of violence add a serious note to the routine functions of the Highway Patrol. The Patrol moves quickly to aid victims, to apprehend a killer. But in many cases the victims are beyond aid, and the killer is beyond apprehension. In too many cases the killer is an average respectable citizen, and his murder weapon is triggered by a steering wheel. The Highway Patrol wages a ceaseless campaign to prevent this kind of crime.
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Release Date:

17 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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