Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Dan Mathews must cope with a family's effort to protect an emotionally fragile young woman who fled after striking a pedestrian with her car.


Eddie Davis


Arthur Weiss (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Eleanore Tanin Eleanore Tanin ... Helen Barton
Troy Melton ... Joe Barton
Margaret Irving ... Irene Tewell
Bobby Watson ... Ted Tewell (as Robert Watson)
Harry Hines Harry Hines ... Mr. Dilling
Morgan Jones ... Sergeant Corey
Jay Douglas ... Officer Dorsey
Monty Ash Monty Ash ... Al - Lab Technician
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Driving immediately after a fight in which her husband Joe hints at divorce, Helen Barton becomes distracted and strikes a pedestrian. She panics and flees to her parents' home, and her strong-willed mother Irene decides to try to protect the emotionally fragile Helen by confessing to the crime herself. Physical evidence found at the accident scene proves that Irene could not be the culprit, so Dan Mathews begins interrogating all of the family members. Helen's father Ted realizes that the charade is hopeless and tells Dan all he knows. He then advises Helen as to the reality of the situation, but her grip on reality remains tenuous. Hoping to somehow belatedly help the victim, Helen returns to the scene, where a witness to the crime refers to her actions as "murder". Although the victim has not actually died, this encounter so upsets the disturbed young woman that she becomes suicidal and threatens to jump off a nearby bridge. Dan finds that he must use guile, warmth, and psychology ... Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Helen hits the burglar and then drives away in the same direction. She tells Peter she was driving by the factory road in the back. Minutes later Officer Johnson told Matthews that there were two ways in and out, but the rear gate had been locked for hours. Helen would have had to leave the same way she arrived, but did not do so. Peter and Helen as well as the ambulance are then shown arriving at the plant from the direction of the locked gate. See more »


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Narrator: Knowing the criminal's motive frequently aids the law enforcement agency. On November 27th, an emotional crisis caused Helen Barton to commit the most difficult crime of all to solve - the crime without a motive.
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13 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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