Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Retired Gangster 

Dan Mathews personally takes on the task of protecting a former crime boss who is scheduled to testify before a grand jury.


Alvin Ganzer


Hendrik Vollaerts (screenplay) (as Rik Vollaerts)




Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Gordon Wynn Gordon Wynn ... Ted Kramer - Sniper
Carleton Young ... Jack McCall
Jonathan Haze ... Hay Delivery Driver (as Jonathon Haze)
Mel Welles ... Max Jersey
Paul Brinegar ... Blainey (as Paul Brinegar Jr.)
Tony Russel ... Jimmy Wilson (as Tony Russo)
Eric Alden ... Officer Jennings


Jack McCall, a former crime boss turned "gentleman rancher" is scheduled to testify before a grand jury, but current syndicate boss Robert Wilson Houston and his henchmen are determined to prevent his testimony by any means necessary. McCall refuses to leave his ranch, so Dan Mathews decides to protect McCall by remaining at the ranch himself and stationing several officers around the property. After the failure of murder attempts involving a sniper and hand grenades hidden in a bale of hay, Houston sends assassins to attack the ranch house directly, but Dan and Officer Jennings spot the approaching car and are able to foil this attempt as well. McCall had originally sworn that he would tell the grand jury nothing, but he ultimately relents and tells Dan that he will testify fully and truthfully out of regard for the Patrol's efforts. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Actors Jonathon Haze and Mel Welles were the 2 leading actors in Roger Corman's original "Little Shop Of Horrors". Haze played Seymour and Welles played Mr. Mushnick. See more »


After Mathews calls in for unit 2169 to intercept the sniper, the officer driving the car Mathews was riding in disappears and is not seen again until much later when the hay truck arrives. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The Highway Patrol maintains a constant vigilance to protect the lives of the citizens of the state, even to the point of special protection for certain individuals. On November ninth, the newspapers carried the story that Jack McCall, a retired gangster turned gentleman farmer, was to testify before the grand jury on November 14th. It was the Highway Patrol's job to see that McCall arrived safely.
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December 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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