Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 36

Hostage Officer (9 Jun. 1958)

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A motorcycle accident enables two wanted felons to take a Highway Patrol officer as a hostage, but his radio's signal helps pinpoint their location.


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Episode cast overview:
Larry Perron ...
Louis Bateman
David Cross ...
'Chick' McNabb
Ron Foster ...
Officer Garvey
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee
Eleanore Tanin ...
Morgan Windbeil ...
Officer Wayne Hoffman (as Morgan Windbiel)
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


While pursuing wanted felons Lewis Bateman and Chick McNabb, Officer Wayne Hoffman loses control of his motorcycle and finds himself taken hostage. He is able to depress the "send" button on his radio undetected and the constant signal helps Dan Mathews and his officers utilize "triangulation" radio equipment to pinpoint Hoffman's location. The signal is lost when the felons transfer Hoffman and his motorcycle to a closed panel truck but he is eventually able to depress the button again. Dan enlists the aid of a bus to set up a roadblock that will not arouse Bateman and McNabb's suspicion while he and his officers position themselves for an attempt to capture the felons and rescue Officer Hoffman. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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9 June 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the hunt for the outlaws, the weather continuously alternates back and forth. One moment the dirt roads are puddled while it's raining - the next moment they are dusty dry. See more »


(Narrator): As long as the switch on Officer Hoffman's motorcycle remained open, the directional finding equipment could pinpoint the location of the motorcycle by the triangulation process. But the important element was time. The motorcycle had to be located before the battery failed. Following the beams between their equipment and Hoffman's radio, Mathews and Garvey moved constantly closer to the point where those beams crossed, hoping to find Officer Hoffman alive.
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