Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Trailer Story 

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.


Jack Herzberg


Joel Rapp (screenplay) (as Joel Malcolm Rapp)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Jay Douglas ... Officer Dorsey
David Carlile David Carlile ... Jim Rogers
Cynthia Baer Cynthia Baer ... Mrs. Rogers
Diane DeLaire Diane DeLaire ... Mrs. Williams
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Officer Henderson
George Cisar ... Hal Bishop
Coulter Irwin Coulter Irwin ... Steve Talbot
Kathy Marlowe Kathy Marlowe ... Audrey Talbot
Charlie Crafts Charlie Crafts ... Airport Ticket Agent (as Charles Crafts)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator / Radio Announcer (voice)


Career criminal Steve Talbot's "final" jewelry heist goes awry when he has to kill the jeweler and is spotted by a bystander who notifies the Highway Patrol. Talbot's inexpensive getaway car breaks down before he can reach the airport and flee the area with his wife Audrey, so he hitches a ride with Jim Rogers and his wife, who are pulling a travel trailer. He subsequently takes Mrs. Rogers hostage in the trailer after a radio broadcast identifies him as a fugitive. Dan Mathews and his officers release the car and trailer from a roadblock, then drive ahead to the airport to capture Audrey Talbot and position themselves for an attempt to capture her husband and rescue the terrified Mrs. Rogers. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


Matthews' patrol car is a 1955 Mercury. The old car the Talbots buy at the used-car lot is a 1941 Oldsmobile. The car the Rogers' are driving is a 1955 Mercury. The officer who found Talbot's car is driving a 1955 Oldsmobile. See more »


When the fingerprint results come in, they confirm the prints were Talbot's on the safe. Talbot never touched the safe. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: It is the job of all law enforcement agencies, and of the Highway Patrol in particular, to maintain a high standard of safety on our nation's roads. It is the obligation of conscientious citizens to exercise care in choosing and maintaining dependable, safe-driving automobiles. On the morning of May 15th, two young people purchased an old car, apparently the best they could afford, from a local used car dealer. But this was no ordinary young couple. The man was Steve Talbot, ...
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Good Premise, Milder Result
11 October 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid entry but nothing special. Mathews and Patrol chase down killer and robber who's escaping in a trailer along with husband-wife hostages. Premise is an engaging one but actor Irwin low-keys killer Talbot such that suspense fails to intensify. And catch Talbot's Marilyn Monroe type wife, at a time (1956) when MM's allure was at a peak. It's also another good look at LA's highways and byways, but not its notorious freeways. Good thing, otherwise no one would get anywhere. In contrast, note how empty the two-lane highways are which makes filming easier, I guess. It's also another chance to catch Crawford charging forth so there's no doubt who's in charge. Anyway, it's rapid-fire action with no drag time, keeping viewers solidly entertained.

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Release Date:

22 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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