Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Human Bomb 

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

Director:

Leon Benson

Writer:

Gene Roddenberry (screenplay) (as Robert Wesley)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Vaughn William Vaughn ... Jay Detterick (as William Vaughan)
Ralph Montgomery Ralph Montgomery ... Bernie Jackson
Marty May ... Demolition Officer Harry Sellars
Arthur Cassell Arthur Cassell ... Schoolboy Hitchhiker
Morgan Jones ... Sergeant Corey
Charlotte Lawrence ... Police Dispatcher
Sandy Sanders ... Motorcycle Patrolman 2646
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Disgruntled engineer Jay Detterich rigs his car with stolen explosives hooked to a "dead man's switch" and goes on a suicide mission to destroy the chemical plant that terminated his employment. The plant is in a populous area and the Highway Patrol is instructed to treat the situation as a "Civil Defense Red Alert". Dan Mathews, a motorcycle officer, and a demolitions expert must risk their own lives to prevent massive destruction and loss of life. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama

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As an indication of his subsequent, and widely acknowledged, attention to detail; writer Gene Roddenberry, as Robert Wesley, references the 1947 Texas City port explosion, which destroyed much of that Galveston county town. See more »

Goofs

After wresting away the dead-man's switch from the would-be bomber, who is then knocked down and handcuffed by one of Mathews's officers, Mathews asks the demolition expert who's just dismantled the shotgun-triggering device, to light his cigarette, and comments on the strong wind blowing through the canyon. The Demolition Expert complies, flicking open his lighter in that wind - eighteen inches from all that enhanced dynamite!

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Narrator: Every criminal is dangerous, but most dangerous of all is the criminal whose only motive is hate. The one who will sacrifice his own life to take another. His unorthodox planning creates the most deadly type of crime. Such a man was Jay Detterick.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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