Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Bank Messenger 

A husband and wife team rob couriers with large amounts of cash, then kill them so that there will be no witnesses.


Jack Herzberg


George Callahan (teleplay by), Jack Rock (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Sheila Connolly ... Sue Hammond
Troy Melton ... Red Hammond
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Officer Larrabee
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Ernest Babcock
Frank Warren ... Officer Simpson
Doris Fesette Doris Fesette ... Dispatcher
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Red and Sue Hammond rob (and murder) two bank messengers on the same day. They decide to pull one more robbery before leaving the area, but their attempt to rob messenger Ernest Babcock proves unsuccessful because the money is in an inviolable briefcase that is chained to his wrist. They abandon Babcock and attempt to flee, but the additional time they've spent in the area gives Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams the opportunity to ascertain their whereabouts and ultimately trap them inside their motel room. The felons decide to make a last-ditch effort to shoot their way out, since they are well aware that capture will likely mean the death penalty. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


This was the last "Highway Patrol" episode to be aired, although it was not the last to be filmed. That distinction belongs to "Fire" (episode No 4.38). See more »


The male robber says no one has made the motorcycle as a getaway vehicle. Mathews had used tire impressions in the past, and a motorcycle with sidecar would leave a very distinctive tire pattern. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The never-ending battle of wits between the criminal and the police officer invariably results in victory for law and order. But during the struggle, all too often, innocent people are the pathetic victim. On June 9th the Highway Patrol was called upon to halt just such a savage wave of murder and robbery.
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Outstanding Final Episode for this Great Television Series
4 November 2018 | by FloridaFredSee all my reviews

"The Bank Messenger" is the final episode for the television series "Highway Patrol", concluding its 4-season run.

Sheila Connolly and Troy Melton (one of the greatest stuntmen in Hollywood history) play their parts as husband and wife thieves to the hilt. Their 1950's motorcycle with sidecar is a classic.

Broderick Crawford gives an excellent last performance as Chief Matthews. William Boyett, in the role of Highway Patrol Sergeant Ken Williams, is authentic as always.

The robbers are cold-blooded murderers who must be stopped. When they are confronted by Chief Matthews and Sergeant Williams, a handgun shoot-out takes place between the bad guys and the good guys.

"The Bank Messenger" is the perfect grand finale for the classic TV show, "Highway Patrol"!

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Release Date:

29 June 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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