Highway Patrol: Season 2, Episode 38

Hostage Copter (1957)

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The Highway Patrol helicopter is ordered into action when the botched robbery of a roadside diner results in the shooting of the proprietor and the abduction of his daughter.

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Episode credited cast:
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Brad Trumbull ...
Ed Kane
Ray Quinn ...
Ted Ellis
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Glenn Dixon ...
Ralph O'Shea (as Glen Dixon)
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Kathy O'Shea
Guy Prescott ...
Witness
Yvonne White ...
Lady in Convertible
Joe Patridge ...
Officer 3280
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Ted Ellis and Ed Kane's planned robbery of Ralph O'Shea's roadside diner goes awry when Ellis nervously shoots O'Shea after he sees him reaching for a gun. The two are forced to flee, taking O'Shea's 22-year-old daughter Kathy along as a hostage. The area is rough and mountainous, so Dan Mathews elects to use the Highway Patrol helicopter to pursue the two felons and their hostage. When Ellis and Kane see that they are being followed, they abandon Kathy and steal another woman's convertible in a panic-stricken attempt to escape the helicopter. After Dan finds that the women are unharmed, he forces a showdown with Ellis and Kane by ordering the helicopter to land on a dirt road just ahead of their stolen vehicle. Written by Sam Spear

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Officer 3280 exchanges gunfire with Ed Kane during a car chase. Both men fire approximately twice the number of bullets that their respective pistols can possibly hold without reloading. See more »

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Oh My Darling, Clementine
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Written by Percy Montrose
Sung by Barbara Eden
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in your face policing from the fifties
24 November 2007 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

I watched my first two episodes tonight of Highway Patrol...my first viewing since childhood I hasten to add. One episode told the story of a new stretch of highway and driving infractions. I have to say they took speeding seriously then...the car as murder instrument. No kidding around, we could use this sort of training TV these days because clearly something has to be done to help people learn how to drive safely. The second episode involved a robbery and kidnapping. There were lots of good helicopter scenes and the beautiful Barbara Eden was the damsel in distress. And they actually gave you almost a full half hour each. Guess they didn't know the value of commercial overkill in them days.


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