Highway Patrol: Season 2, Episode 2

Kidnap Copter (15 Oct. 1956)

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The Highway Patrol helicopter travels to a remote and mountainous area to airlift a critically injured kidnap victim and aid in the capture of the kidnappers.



(screenplay) (as Donald A. Brinkley)
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Crosson ...
Jerry Watts (as Bob Crosson)
Sydney Smith ...
Ed - First Kidnapper
Ward Wood ...
Second Kidnapper
Terry Frost ...
Sgt. Morse - Dispatcher
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Len Dorsey
Officer Garvey
Robert Bice ...
Game Warden
Joseph Hamilton ...
Dr. Simmons (as Joe Hamilton)
Roy Bourgeois ...
Roy - Helicopter Pilot
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Kidnap victim Jerry Watts is being held in a decrepit mountain cabin by his two kidnappers. After a game warden discovers the three in the cabin, he leaves to advise the Highway Patrol. When Officers Dorsey and Garvey investigate, Jerry takes a chance on an escape is and is critically injured. The armed kidnappers remain in the cabin,but are in position to foil rescue attempts. Dan Mathews and Dr. Simmons travel to the scene in the Highway Patrol helicopter in the hope of airlifting Jerry to safety. When the kidnappers fire on the helicopter, Dan orders Officers Dorsey and Garvey repositioned to fire continuously upon the cabin while the helicopter is used to collapse the decaying roof of the old cabin in order to force the two felons out into the open. Written by Sam Spear

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15 October 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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At one point in the narration, the kidnap site is referred to as being 200 miles from Highway Patrol headquarters. When Dan and Dr. Simmons leave in the helicopter, Dan says that they'll be at the site in 10 minutes See more »


[first lines]
(Narrator): Through bitter experience, the Highway Patrol has learned that the kidnapper is one of the most vicious of all modern criminals. His crime is a carefully premeditated act, planned and performed in utter violation of law and human decency. But every kidnapper is faced with the same three problems: concealing the victim; collecting the ransom; and eluding the men assigned to track him down.
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Use of a helicopter saves the day
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two kidnappers are holed up in an abandoned hunting shack. They kidnapped the adult son of a wealthy family and are holding him for $50,000 ransom. A Game Warden becomes suspicious and phones the Highway Patrol. The shack is in an isolated area over 200 miles from Patrol headquarters. To make matters worse, the kidnap victim was shot in the back while trying to escape and the two culprits with rifles prevent the patrol officers from getting the victim to the nearby helicopter. This episode, as the title indicates, is all about law enforcement's use of helicopters. Whoever was piloting the helicopter was very skilled as there's an amazing scene where the helicopter is used to collapse the dilapidated shack. It was nice seeing Robert Bice as the Game Warden - he appeared in a couple of Perry Mason shows as one of the detectives in the Paul Drake Detective Agency. A solid if not particularly memorable episode.

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