Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Hijackers feign roadside accidents, knowing that unsuspecting truck drivers will stop and attempt to help.


Herbert L. Strock


Robert Ryf (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Hubie Kerns Hubie Kerns ... Mr. Miller (as Herbert Kerns)
John Bennes John Bennes ... Harry Wilkerson
David Leonard ... Pop
K.L. Smith ... Hitchhiker
Hal Hoover Hal Hoover ... Bemis
Stuart Whitman ... Sgt. Walters
Jon Locke ... Officer Garvey
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Harry Wilkerson and his partner Bemis pull a series of truck hijackings by staging fake accidents, knowing that most truck drivers will stop and attempt to render whatever assistance they can. They rely upon their confederate "Pop" (the owner of a roadside diner) to supply information concerning which drivers are carrying particularly valuable cargo. After one hijacking, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Walters use tire impressions and testimony from a victim and a hitchhiker to steadily narrow the focus of their investigation. They trap Bemis at the chicken ranch where the stolen goods were unloaded, but must use a ruse in order to trick "Pop" into leading them to the warehouse where the goods are stored. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Stuart Whitman's third of thirteen guest appearances on Highway Patrol. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: To the Highway Patrol, the highways of the nation, a vast interlocking network, are vital avenues of communication. But to the criminal, the highways are avenues not of communication, but of temptation. Such a temptation is the crime of hijacking. Knowing the truck drivers wouldn't stop, the criminals use the vicious ruse of a fake accident. On May 21st, with Harry Wilkerson as the bait, another truck was hijacked. The report was promptly relayed to the head of the Highway Patrol, ...
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Truckers Beware
25 October 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lots of running around as HP tracks down truck hi-jackers. The crooks use a clever gimmick to set up target trucks that involves natural sympathy people have for accident victims. Once the crooks have got the truck, clever evasion tactics are used to cover their tracks. But, of course, trying to outwit Mathews' dogged pursuit is thankless.

Pretty good entry. Lots of action and a good twist with Pop's Café. Note how Mathews doesn't need a moment of thought before barking out orders. But then they've only got a half-hour to wrap things up. Series dedication to location filming also engages here, particularly the warehouse scenes. Note too presence of Oscar-nominee Stuart Whitman (The Mark {1961}) as a handsome patrolman. All in all, it's a solid 30-minutes for series fans.

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26 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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