Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.
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 Chief Dan Mathews / ... (156 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Narrator / ... (156 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Sergeant Ken Williams / ... (65 episodes, 1955-1959)
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Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.

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September 1955 (USA)  »

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Patrulla de caminos  »

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$20,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Contrary to the opening narration, no US state police agency is called "the militia." See more »

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[Opening narration]
Narrator: Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers, Militia, the Rangers... or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws.
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Crawford was believable and perfect for his part.
27 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There has been much fun made of the part played by Broderick Crawford---and much denigration accorded the show in general. I have a complete collection of the series. I watch them when I need a fix from the current workaday world of crime now overwhelming law-enforcement...and the courts allowing it to happen.

Crawford, whose mom and dad worked the Vaudeville circuit, was a very talented and forceful visage in "Highway Patrol". One didn't have to look like Clark Gable in order to portray a dedicated cop. No, he wasn't pretty. Yes, he looked like an unmade bed. But, that just added authenticity to the show in my 15-19 year old (at the time) eyes.

I would have hated being interrogated by him even if I hadn't done anything wrong. Think about how much more latitude the first line of law-enforcement had during that show's time. It started four years before the passage of the Miranda Act. Folks who got too chirpy with "the law" in those days, learned a pretty good lesson before they even got locked up. Wish it still held true. Buddy Buchanan


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