Highway Patrol (1955–1959)

Blood Money 

A protection racket results in murder when a railroad yard worker refuses to continue making payments.


Lee Berg




Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Gene Roth ... Sandy
Wally Richard Wally Richard ... Joe Mason
Theona Bryant Theona Bryant ... Mrs. Richards
Leonard Nimoy ... Ray
Jack Wagner Jack Wagner ... Mike Richards
George Offerman Jr. ... Louie Darmstadt (as George Offerman)
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Thornton
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Railroad yardman Mike Richards is severely beaten when he refuses to continue making $10 weekly payments to Sandy and Ray, the operators of a "jobs for pay" protection racket. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams investigate, but they get no cooperation from Richards' frightened wife or his hotheaded stepbrother, Joe Mason. Mason is determined to expose the racket himself, but eventually finds himself beaten, bound, and gagged in Sandy's car. When Richards dies, his wife relents and tells Dan and Sergeant Williams about the "jobs for pay" racket. Aided by her information, they travel to the railroad yard and find themselves in a gun battle with Sandy and Ray, who have become desperate to avoid a murder charge. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Sgt. Williams' first name, Ken, is spoken for the first time. See more »


When Sgt. Williams and Dan Matthews are interviewing Mrs. Richards at the hospital they are pressing her to tell them if she knows why anyone would assaulted her husband. Sgt. Williams suddenly jumps to the conclusion that he must have owed someone money. Nothing had been said or learned to suggest that her husband owed someone money. See more »


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Narrator: One of the meanest crimes encountered by police agencies in their day-to-day enforcement of the law is that of the protection racket. Earlier this year, the Highway Patrol ran into a variation of this racket. Not the usual kind, but one in which men were forced to pay dearly, week after week, in order to keep their jobs, or face the consequences, as did Mike Richards.
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1958 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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