On the day young Alan receives his driver's license, Officer Hal Jackson visits the Dixon farm to sternly lecture the family on the dangers of carelessness at railroad crossings.

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William Boyett ...
Patrolman Hal Jackson (as Bill Boyett)
Harold Agee ...
Frank Dixon Sr.
Mrs. Harold Agee ...
Mrs. Dixon
Tim Bosworth ...
Alan Dixon
Bill Agee ...
Frank Dixon Jr.
Christine Lynch ...
Betty Hutchins
Lou Spraker ...
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On the day young Alan receives his driver's license, Officer Hal Jackson visits the Dixon farm to sternly lecture the family on the dangers of carelessness at railroad crossings.

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During when the officer says "Don't let a double track double-cross you" the clouds in the sky change (shape and position) more than twice. See more »

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Engineer: Why don't they look, Ralph. Tell me, why don't they look?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) See more »

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Big City Suite
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Music by Philip Green
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Why don't they look?

Some people look like cops. I don't think I could say what it is that makes someone look like a cop, but it is undeniable that some people have that cop look. One such person is William Boyett, who played cops on "Highway Patrol" and "Adam-12". He also plays a cop in this instructional short about highway safety. Specifically, Mr. Boyett plays an earnest Idaho state trooper who is absolutely dedicated to keeping people from killing themselves on the highway by playing chicken with trains.

Trooper Hal, as he is known in this short, drops by the home of a farm family to give some friendly advice to the younger son, who has just got his driver's license. After some preliminaries about road signs, obeying speed limits, and general highway safety, Hal gets to the real point of his talk: don't play chicken with trains.

Will the boy (and his dull-witted older brother) heed Hal's friendly advice? Or will one of them wind up as the subject of the kind of instructional short designed to scare the wits out of driver ed students? Oh, wait - ....

Anyhow, Hal deals with the tragedy of drivers who insist on playing chicken with trains (and come a cropper as a result) by redoubling his efforts. In a steely authoritative voice-over, he publicly declares his dedication to keeping the roads safe. This declaration is followed by footage of state troopers from various Western states saluting smartly.


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