Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 31

Dan Hostage (4 May 1959)

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Dan Mathews offers himself as a hostage after a nervous gunman botches a diner robbery and critically wounds the proprietor.



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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Sherwood Price ...
Ed Leggett
Virginia Chapman ...
Doris Harmon (as Virginia Arness)
Robert Gallagher ...
'Cotton' Harmon
Wayne Heffley ...
Officer Dennis
Ron Foster ...
Dispatcher (as Ronald Foster)
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Inept gunman Ed Leggett botches an attempted late afternoon robbery of Cotton Harmon's roadside diner, resulting in serious injuries to both men. Leggett forces Cotton's wife Doris to treat his own injuries and ignore Cotton's. When Dan Mathews arrives, Leggett threatens to use Doris as a hostage, but he is ultimately convinced to release Cotton and Doris and take Dan instead. Sergeant Williams and a phalanx of Highway Patrol officers surround the diner, but night has fallen and they are hesitant to rush the building or use tear gas because of Leggett's nervousness and his unpredictability. Dan is forced to use a combination of psychology and fearlessness to try to defuse the situation. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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4 May 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is unique for this series inasmuch as the entire second act takes place at night. ZIV Television Programs, Inc. used night shots sparingly due to the cost. See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: If you care to drive - drive with care!
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