Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Confidence Game 

A con man assaults the elderly victim of a $5,000 swindle as a "warning", but his female partner becomes fearful of a murder charge when the old man dies of a heart attack immediately after the assault.


Walter Doniger


Richard Adam (teleplay), Hendrik Vollaerts (teleplay) (as Rik Vollaerts) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Pamela Duncan ... Mattie
Richard Benedict ... Paul Gayle
Joe McGuinn ... Mike Purdum
Frank Roberts Frank Roberts ... Coroner
Thomas E. Jackson ... Gus Fields
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Elderly Gus Fields is assaulted when he asks for his money back from swindler Paul Gayle. The assault causes Fields to suffer a fatal heart attack, and Gayle's accomplice Mattie worries that they will face a murder charge. Her worries intensify when handyman Mike Purdum tells her of his determination to find Fields' killer. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams subsequently visit Mattie's roadside diner and question her at length about Fields' death. She believes that Gayle has abandoned her, but he subsequently returns to the diner and attempts to use her as a hostage. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams know that they have only a brief opportunity to break the tense standoff and prevent Gayle's escape. Written by Sam Spear

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confidence game | con man | See All (2) »


Action | Crime | Drama


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The $5,000.00 involved in the swindle would be the equivalent of about $45,000.00 in the year 2021. See more »


Mathews had no cause or warrant to search the briefcase nor to demand that the waitress open it. As such, any evidence seized would be inadmissible in a trial. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Among crimes faced by peace officers everywhere is the mean crime of the confidence man who preys on the older, retired people - people with a small income. The confidence man rarely deals in murder. But on May 15th, the Highway Patrol was puzzled by an unusual case. Its solution would answer the question., "When is a murder not a murder?".
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Release Date:

22 December 1958 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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