Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Dan Mathews and his officers attempt to ensure the delivery of life-saving gas gangrene serum to a 10-year-old victim.


Leon Benson


Tony Barrett (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Howard Wright ... Dr. Leonard
Gordon Barnes Gordon Barnes ... Marty Grower
Mike Noble Mike Noble ... Johnny Bell
Jack Lomas ... Fred Bell
Danni Sue Nolan ... Mrs. Doris Gower (as Dani Sue Nolan)
Wes Hudman Wes Hudman ... Sheriff John Cook (as Wesley Hudman)
John Frederick ... Highway Parolman Able (as John Merrick)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Dan Mathews gives a lift to Dr. Leonard, who is en route to the home of rancher Fred Bell. The doctor finds that Bell's 10-year-old son Johnny has gas gangrene and needs life-saving serum as quickly as possible. The serum must be delivered by air from a distant city and Bell's foreman Marty Gower offers to help Dan find his way to retrieve the serum from the airport over the rough back roads. Dan returns to the Bell household, but he bears injuries from an automobile accident and both the serum and Marty are missing. Marty was having financial problems and Dan suspects that he may have caused the accident deliberately so he could hold the serum for "ransom". Dan and Officer Abel backtrack from the location of the accident and discover that things are not always as they seem. Written by Sam Spear

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Dan and Marty Grower are in Dan's patrol car, a 1956 Mercury Custom with license plate number KHE457. Marty causes the car to crash, injuring Dan. Later, Dan is driving the same car, but the car is undamaged with no evidence of being in a crash. See more »


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Narrator: Distance is always a factor in law enforcement, something which is sharply pointed up by the scattered and seemingly endless areas which come under the jurisdiction of the Highway Patrol. With such a large area to cover, routine inspection tours are a necessity. On April twelfth, while making such a tour, the head of the Highway Patrol came upon a hitchhiker - not an ordinary hitchhiker, for this one was a doctor. He was also on a routine tour; no emergencies except a broken down ...
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May 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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