Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Phony Insurance 

A "transportation maintenance service" provided to trucking companies by an apparently legitimate businessman proves to be little more than a protection racket.

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Don Brinkley (screenplay) (as Donald A. Brinkley), Jack Roche (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Roy Engel ... Masterson
Robert Nash Robert Nash ... Jim Hawley
James Anderson ... Gus Montana
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ... George Morton
Dean Cromer Dean Cromer ... Officer Henderson
William Haade ... Truck Driver
Glen Kilburn Glen Kilburn ... Mike (as Glen A. Kilburn)
Ralph Manza ... Jenkins (as Ralph B. Manza)
Bill Erwin ... Artie (as William Erwin)
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Storyline

An apparently legitimate businessman named Masterson provides a "transportation maintenance service" to trucking companies. Jim Hawley's trucking company refuses to sign and experiences numerous costly breakdowns despite careful work by his mechanics. Dan Mathews finds that many of the breakdowns occur after the drivers have visited the Walnut Cafe and that two café employees (Artie and Jenkins) have ties to Masterson. Dan convinces Hawley to subscribe to Masterson's service while making certain that costly breakdowns continue. Masterson pays the claims as agreed but eventually suspects that he is being double-crossed and he confronts Artie and Jenkins at the café. The confrontation has an ironic result. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Sleeper cabs in large trucks were rare in 1955 and this episode provides a look at how some of that era's roadside diners and truck stops attracted the lucrative business of truck drivers. The "Walnut Cafe" had a small detached bunkhouse where shorter-run drivers could sleep for a few minutes or hours and long-haul drivers would occasionally sleep overnight. In a conversation with Dan Mathews, the café owner describes the bunkhouse as "real good for business". See more »

Goofs

During one phone conversation, Mathews has the hearing portion of the receiver completely behind his ear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Violence on the highway can assume many forms, many disguises. The Highway Patrol is constantly reminded that the most simple inconvenience may be the cause or the effect of criminal action. But there are no new crimes in the book, just new variations on the old ideas, and new criminals to try them out.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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