Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Hitchhiker Dies 

A man who picks up a hitchhiker is accused of complicity in an armed robbery when coincidence and circumstantial evidence point strongly toward his guilt.


Herbert L. Strock


Jack Laird (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
James Stone James Stone ... Warren Siddons
John Close ... Stash Erwin (as John V. Close)
William Boyett ... Officer Johnson
Emmaline Henry ... Gloria Burgess aka Margaret Mason
Dan Sturkie Dan Sturkie ... Mr. Steadman (as Daniel B. Sturkie)
Charles H. Gray ... Officer Edwards (as Charles Gray)
Shirley O'Hara ... Payroll Clerk
Sid Cassel Sid Cassel ... Guard at Gate
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Holdup man "Stash" Irwin robs the Apex Industrial Plastics Company of a $28,000 payroll, but is critically wounded while attempting to flee. He abandons his car, hides the money in a culvert, and hitches a ride with Warren Siddons (an Apex employee who is driving a nearly identical vehicle). After Irwin dies, Siddons is arrested at a Highway Patrol roadblock and appears to be complicit in the robbery, especially after Irwin's accomplices plant additional "evidence" in Siddons' home and office. Siddons steadfastly maintains his innocence in the face of seemingly overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and Dan Mathews and Officer Johnson eventually deduce that Siddons is either an innocent man or a fool. Betting on the former, they set a trap for Irwin's two accomplices. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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In the scene in the coffee shop, a man in the background between the two main actors is noted "thug" character actor Harry Wilson. See more »


Matthews displays poor police procedure when he arrests Gloria after her phone call. He does not handcuff her or check her for weapons, just places her in the back seat. Another procedural error was the premature arrest. The state would have a far stronger case had he simply followed her to the location where she believed the money had been hidden, and then arrested both suspects. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: One of the principal trouble sources of any law enforcement agency is circumstantial evidence. Too often, coincidence and chance conspire to point an overwhelming finger of guilt at an innocent person. The Highway Patrol encountered just such a case the morning that Stash Erwin, a wanted criminal, drove through the gates of the Apex Plastics Company.
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Release Date:

23 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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