Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Fisherman's Luck 

When two thieves who stole $50,000 are killed in an automobile accident, their other two partners scheme to recover the wreck and the stolen money.


Harry Gerstad


Jerry Sackheim (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Frank J. Scannell ... Gil Martin (as Frank Scannell)
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Joe
Ray Boyle ... Hank Lloyd (as Dirk London)
Richard Walsh Richard Walsh ... George Mitchell
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... Stuart Mitchell
Bruce Payne Bruce Payne ... Gas Station Attendant
William Boyett ... Sgt. Johnson
Jay Douglas ... Officer Dorsey
Charles H. Gray ... Officer Edwards (as Charles Gray)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Hank Lloyd and "Red" Strayson steal a $50,000 payroll, but are killed in an auto accident on the way to the Pinecrest fishing resort to meet job mastermind Gil Martin and his henchman Joe. The Highway Patrol impounds the wreck, but Gil and Joe steal it from the impound garage, recover the stolen money, and conceal the wreck in the brush near their fishing cabin. When Officer Dorsey finds the wreck, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Johnson decide to question some of the nearby fishermen. While questioning Gil and Joe, Dan notices that Joe's jeep has paint marks that weren't there previously and surmises that it was used to tow the wreck. Gil and Joe's unsuccessful attempt to escape vindicates Dan's hunch. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


Seat belts began coming into common use in 1956 and this episode includes an exchange in which Dan Mathews advocates their use. When he and Sergeant Johnson arrive at the scene of the fatal wreck, he surveys the carnage and notes that Lloyd and Strayson might have survived the wreck "... if they'd been wearing safety belts." See more »


When the crook throws the metal box that contained the 50Gs into the brush it landed about 20 feet abeam of the front of the car. Later, when the patrolman is at the scene he finds it but it's only 6-8 feet from the car. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The enforcement of the traffic laws is one of the major functions of the Highway Patrol. Despite constant vigilance, recklessness and speed bring their daily toll of life and property. On May first, two men were speeding to a resort area. They were dressed like fishermen, they looked like fishermen. But they were different from most fishermen.
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Lesser Entry
18 October 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lesser entry in the series. Robbers escape with big money only to smack into a tree and croak. Now two gang members awaiting them have to get the money before Patrol finds the loot in the wrecked car. All in all, it's a rather poorly done 30-minutes, with neither much suspense nor spark. The action too is none too convincing, e.g. the fender-bending fatal wreck, the cursory showdown. It's more like the players only go through the motions with little intensity or emotion. For guys like me, it doesn't help that there's no women, just a bunch of ugly guys. Anyway, no series scores every time, including HP. Meanwhile, I'll be sure now to buckle-up, front seat or back.

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1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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