Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 13

Double Death (30 Dec. 1957)

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A wrongly-convicted parolee becomes coldly determined to murder the former business partner whose ruse was responsible for his conviction.



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Episode cast overview:
Max Palmer ...
Lt. Piersall
Pierce Lyden ...
Tom Thornton
Sam Flint ...
E. D. Cristman
Russ Whiteman ...
Ron Foster ...
Sgt. Garvey
Terry Frost ...
Sgt. Bruce Morse
George Meader ...
Harold Sylvester
Bill Weston ...
Art Gilmore ...
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Tom Thornton is released after serving a 13-year sentence for the murder of his business partner Harold Sylvester and the theft of $500,000 in cash and securities. When some of the stolen securities are cashed, Thornton again comes under suspicion and continues to protest his innocence of the original crime. Investigation by Dan Mathews and Center City Lieutenant Piersall result in the conclusion that Sylvester is still alive and is cashing the securities. Thornton uses his knowledge of Sylvester's habits to find his home and confront him. Thornton is determined to murder Sylvester, figuring he will escape further prosecution because of the old conviction. Dan must use a series of diversions to try to prevent the killing. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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30 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Lieutenant Piersall: I've been on the force for 25 years. The one nightmare I've always had was sending an innocent man to jail.
Chief Dan Mathews: Yeah, I know how you feel. But look at it this way - It's your job to find evidence, the D.A.'s to build a case, the jury to bring in a verdict, and the judge to pass sentence.
Lieutenant Piersall: It was my evidence that built the case. Every time Thornton yelled that he was innocent, we yelled back that he was a liar. We called him "The Brain" because we could never collect the rest of the securities and ...
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