Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 27

Motorcycle A (2 Apr. 1956)

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A café owner's grudge against motorcyclists leads to the accidental death of a Highway Patrol officer.



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Episode cast overview:
Jack Edwards ...
Bernie Sills
Paula Houston ...
Mrs. Bernie Sills
Joe Keeley
John Compton ...
Nick West
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Dorsey
Steve Masino ...
Ralph Hogan
Sandy Sanders ...
Undercover Officer
Art Gilmore ...
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Cafe owner Bernie Sills hates motorcyclists because of injuries to his wife and damages to his property during a renegade biker attack months earlier. When he threatens non-violent cyclists Joe Keeley and Nick West with a shotgun, a minor altercation ensues after Mrs. Sills calls the Highway Patrol. Responding Officer Jack Anders is killed in an accident involving a truck driver's negligence while pursuing Keeley and West. When Dan Mathews and Officer Dorsey investigate, Sills tries to blame the cyclists for Officer Anders' death. He exaggerates their behavior in his statements, but he is careful not to mention that he had provoked the altercation by brandishing the shotgun. Dan advises Sills that Keeley and West are being sought primarily as witnesses to the accident and notes that Mrs. Sills seems to be seeking to distance herself somewhat from her husband's statements. When Keeley and West are located, Dan and Officer Dorsey hear a very different story concerning the incident and ... Written by Sam Spear

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2 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: This is the town of Sunland Park. To someone just passing through, it's barely a wide spot in the road, a pleasant little place with a park and a playground for children. Nothing of any significance could have happened there. But the residents of this town, especially Mrs. Bernie Sills, knew this to be untrue. The Highway Patrol knew it, too. For recent events in Sunland Park had been far too significant in terms of violence and tragedy.
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Look for Clint Eastwood, in a cameo role
19 July 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

These vintage TV shows are often fun to watch. Broderick Crawford talks in a clipped, fast tone and walks more like a "hood."

I had Highway Patrol on early this morning did a double-take because I saw a very young actor in a small role as a motorcyclist. He looked familiar but I couldn't place the face to a name. When I saw the credits, I realized it was Clint Eastwood! It can be fun to watch these vintage shows, especially when you see a famous actor in his unknown days.

The episode was okay too. About a couple who run a rural diner and are having trouble with motorcycle "hoods." Someone gets killed and Crawford investigates only to find out that it's not entirely what it appears to be. The truth comes out in the end and the real criminal is arrested.

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