Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 33

Dead Patrolman (14 May 1956)

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A Highway Patrol officer is murdered while pursuing a car stolen from a lonely bookstore owner.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Hank Patterson ...
Frank Handley
Theo Nielson
Gene Roth ...
Larry Gardner
Lee Rhodes ...
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Dorsey
William Boyett ...
Officer Johnson
Art Gilmore ...
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Officer Allard's Highway Patrol car is found abandoned and his body is discovered in the brush nearby. Auto painter Frank Handley tells Dan Mathews that Officer Allard was pursuing a car that he had been asked to paint quickly for no apparent reason. Dan learns that the car was registered to spinsterish bookstore owner Theo Nielson. Miss Nielson reluctantly reveals that she had recently given $10,000 to her "fiance" Larry Gardner and had loaned her car to his "brother" George. When Dan advises her that Larry Gardner is a convicted car thief and that George is the likely murderer of Officer Allard, she agrees to help set a trap for them. The two felons attempt to flee, but they soon find themselves bottled in by roadblocks. Written by Sam Spear

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14 May 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: The well-equipped car is the primary means by which the Highway Patrol achieves high-speed mobility in order to combat organized crime. A patrolman would no more abandon his car than his gun. And yet, on July 22nd, a migrant worker, proceeding along Highway 15, came upon a patrol car - engine running, keys in the ignition lock, but empty. The citizen hurried to telephone his strange discovery to Highway Patrol headquarters.
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I've been a terrible fool
29 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A patrolman's car is found abandoned with the keys still in the car and the radio out of order. An auto paint shop owner tells Matthews that he had seen the officer and had reported to him that he was suspicious about a car he had just painted. The officer then drove off after the driver of the newly painted car. The highway patrol traces the car's license number, finds the car and near it the body of the murdered officer. The car's owner is found to be a middle aged bookstore owner named Thea Nielsen. Come to find out, Thea has been scammed of ten thousand dollars by two men, one of whom pretended he wanted to marry her. When she realizes the truth she laments that "I've been such a terrible fool." I agree with the reviewer who said that Ruth Clifford's performance as Thea was the highlight of the episode, she was excellent in the role. Clifford appears to have had a pretty solid career in silent movies and given her talent, one wonders why her sound movie and television career wasn't more substantial. Gene Roth also did a good job playing, as he usually did, a bad guy.

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