Mike Nelson is a S.C.U.B.A. diver in the days when it was still very new. He works alone, and the plot was mostly carried through his voice-over narrations. These gave the show a flavor of ... See full summary »
Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.,
"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King" was the familiar opening to television's premier aviation program. Operating from his Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, Sky King,... See full summary »
The Double R Ranch featured "The King of the Cowboys" Roy, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "Queen of the West" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet, and even Pat's jeep, Nellybelle.
While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this was disproved. In Highway Patrol: Stolen Car Ring (1956), Matthews says he is from California and just passing through. In Highway Patrol: Hitchhiker (1959), the robber from New York that had left a 1,400 mile long trail of robberies tells his wife it is a long way to California. Since it was shown in Highway Patrol: Mexican Chase (1959) and Highway Patrol: Illegal Entry (1959) that the state bordered Mexico, this leaves as the only possibilities Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. These states can likewise be eliminated. New Mexico uses a state police agency, not a highway patrol. Arizona can be eliminated due to their highway patrol cars of that era being all-white. Texas can be eliminated due to highway patrol officers there not wearing the type of hats shown. See more »
Contrary to the opening narration, no US state police agency is called "the militia." See more »
This series did for the California Highway Patrol what "Dragnet" did for the LAPD; i.e. established a mythology and a standard of professional conduct. I knew two retired CHP officers (both retired in the late 1960s) who loved this series. It is no small joke that in the Dan Aykroyd movie comedy Dragnet, Harry Morgan is watching "Highway Patrol" on TV when Aykroyd's character calls him on the phone. I, too, wish the old tapes had been saved for posterity.
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