Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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A series of fraudulent insurance claims is discovered after Dan Mathews and his officers learn that the "accidental" death of a migrant worker was actually a homicide.


Lew Landers


Michael Cramoy (screenplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Paul Keast ... Hutkins
John Ayres John Ayres ... Autopsy Physician
Robin Short Robin Short ... Hank Willis
John Hart ... Sergeant
Jon Locke ... Officer Garvey (as Joe Locke)
William Hughes William Hughes ... Mr. Banning
Effie Laird Effie Laird ... Landlady
Leo Needham Leo Needham ... Carl Seward
Fritz Ford Fritz Ford ... Officer Petersen (as Frederick Ford)
Sandy Sanders ... Ralph Parry


Hitchhiking migrant worker Ralph Parry is killed by a blow on the head, but a staged automobile crash makes the death appear accidental. When an autopsy of Parry's body reveals that the death was actually a homicide, Dan Mathews and his officers investigate further. They learn that several other migrant workers have recently died in similar "accidents" and that they all had life insurance claims paid to mysterious beneficiaries that got their mail at Hutkins' Country Store. Hutkins repeatedly attempts to divert suspicion toward ex-con Hank Willis, but Dan knows that Willis is not the guilty party. He sets a trap in order to prove that Hutkins is guilty of multiple murders to perpetrate insurance fraud. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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In this early show their call signs are spoken as, for example Matthews, "two-one-five-o". This changed in remaining shows to being spoken as "Twenty-One Fifty". Also when Matthews finishes speaking he carefully puts the microphone back on the seat unlike in later shows where he just drops or tosses the microphone down. See more »


The mystery driver in the opening scene is driving a '39 or '40 Ford convertible. The shot of it going over the cliff is of a car from the late-1920s or early-1930s. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: An important function of the Highway Patrol is to maintain the safety of the road, to prevent accidents causing injury or death. But not all the fatalities on the highway are accidents, though they may appear to be. During harvest time, the Patrol encountered an accident that started with a driver looking for a hitchhiker.
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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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