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Highway Dragnet (1954)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 January 1954 (USA)
Wrongly accused of killing a bar-girl he was seen with earlier, a Korean War vet flees from the police in the company of a woman photographer and her young female model.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henry
Mrs. Cummings
Susan Willis
Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle
Terry Smith
Mr. Carson
Tom Hubbard ...
Det. Sgt. Ben Barnett
Marine in Civvies
Ice Cream Truck Driver
Trooper in Cafe
Elderly Border Inspection Officer
Chubby Border Inspection Officer (as Tony Hughes)
Bill Hale ...


Mrs. Cummings, a free-lance magazine photographer and a recent widow after her husband committed suicide, and her model, Susan, are on an assignment to cover resorts California and Nevada. Driving west from Las Vegas they pick up Jim Henry, a recently-discharged Marine, who is hitchhiking to the home of a friend near the Salton Sea. Meanwhile, back in Las Vegas, a blonde known casually by Jim, is found murdered. Jim becomes the object of a manhunt directed by Police-Lieut. White Eagle of the Las Vegas police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SIZZLING MANHUNT...for Las Vegas thrill-killer! (original Insert Card poster) See more »


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Release Date:

27 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The House in the Sea  »

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The car Jim, Mrs. Cummings, and Susan drive in the desert is a 1953 Dodge Coronet Sierra station wagon. See more »


When the paper boy stops at the road block in his ford truck, several large studio lights and a large group of movie crew members can be seen in the reflection on the side of the truck. See more »


Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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The Strap Killer
4 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The budget on this noir film is as thin as dental floss and the story was rushed into a limited time frame. But Highway Dragnet does have its moments as Richard Conte newly discharged Korean War veteran has himself in a beautiful jackpot over the beautiful Mary Beth Hughes.

Not the quick moments with her. But the fact Conte is accused of killing her after having a quick fling. In fact Mary Beth's small role at the beginning of Highway Dragnet is the best thing in the movie.

Conte's arrested by Las Vegas cop Reed Hadley but he escapes from him and now there's a big manhunt on for him. Conte happens to hook up with magazine photographer Joan Bennett and model Wanda Hendrix. That turns out to be a dubious occurrence.

The plot is a thin one and about halfway through you know exactly what the real story is. Still there's a modicum of suspense.

And any film with Mary Beth Hughes and Iris Adrian playing a truck-stop hash slinger is worth watching.

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