Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Car thieves purchase wrecked vehicles and transfer the VIN plates to stolen ones in order to escape detection.


Herbert L. Strock


Jack Laird (screenplay)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Byron Keith ... Patrolman Ellsworth
William Hunt William Hunt ... Leroy Edwards (as Bill Hunt)
Guy Rennie Guy Rennie ... Charley Giddings
Alan Aric Alan Aric ... Jimmy Higgins
Glenn Dixon Glenn Dixon ... Virgil Ferrest (as Granville Dixon)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Leroy Edwards pays $800 for a 1955 wrecked vehicle from Charley Giddings' salvage yard, but only takes the VIN plate so that it can be transferred to a stolen vehicle of the same make and model. Giddings is part of the scheme, but his assistant, Jimmy Higgins, innocently calls the Highway Patrol after the buyer fails to claim the car for several days, leading to Edwards' arrest. Out on bail, Edwards offers to kill Jimmy and then leave the country if Virgil (the theft ring's leader) will pay him $25,000. Virgil agrees but he then sabotages the vehicle in which Edwards and Jimmy are riding. Edwards is killed in the ensuing accident, but Jimmy manages to provide Dan Mathews and Officer Ellsworth with information that eventually leads them to Charley Giddings and Virgil. Written by Sam Spear / Hans Delbruck

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Action | Crime | Drama


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[first lines]
Narrator: The United States has more automobiles per capita than any other nation in the world. It also has more automobile thefts. To combat this situation, our law enforcement agencies are ever busy, applying new and improved methods of crime detection. But the criminal, too, has also applied himself to devising new and improved methods. On the surface, there was nothing suspicious in the visit of Le Roy Edwards to a wrecking yard, nor in the fact that he wished to purchase a car.
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20 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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