A vicious, unpredictable prison escapee abandons his injured partner, ambushes a highway patrolman, and uses the patrolman's uniform and gun to hijack a school bus in a daring attempt to escape his pursuers.

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Ralph Neal (as Robert Forrest)
Fritz Ford ...
Officer Petersen
Harry Cody ...
Paul Bryar ...
Mat Parker
William Challee ...
Garage Man
Gilman Rankin ...
Vince (as Gil Rankin)
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Len Dorsey
Charles Seel ...
Les Wilkins - School Bus Driver (as Charles F. Seel)
Bobby Mittelstaedt ...
Billy Peterson
Isa Ashdown ...
Maggie Peterson
Paul Hahn ...
Officer Brown
Jim O'Neill ...
Patrolman Stevens
Bill Slack ...
Patrolman Harris
Frank Hanley ...
Sergeant
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A vicious, unpredictable prison escapee abandons his injured partner, ambushes a highway patrolman, and uses the patrolman's uniform and gun to hijack a school bus in a daring attempt to escape his pursuers.

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3 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Among the differences between this pilot episode and subsequent episodes, is the wording of the opening narration, the display of machine guns by the officers, the verbal reference to the "state patrol" instead of the "highway patrol", a different style of narration by Art Gilmore, and a regular patrolman using the radio call sign 21-50, used by Dan Matthews in other episodes. Instead, in this episode Matthews does not use a call sign. See more »

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Narrator: Whenever the laws of any state are broken or when the welfare of its citizens is endangered, each state has a duly authorized organization that swings into action. It may be called the state militia or the state police or the highway patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved out state laws.
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Pilot episode of an iconic police procedural television show
29 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While not recalling any specifics, I do clearly remember watching this show as a child. Since then I have seen - and liked - Broderick Crawford in many movies including Bs and his academy award winning performance. He is just so solid with an interesting voice and delivery, and so unlikely looking to be a star of a television show. Given that this drama was only 25 minutes long, we're not talking about a lot of character development here. But we are talking about well- written stories and interesting narrative techniques. In this episode, the Highway Patrol is on the track of a vicious killer who broke out of prison after killing a guard. The killer, who is actually pretty smart, knows that there will be roadblocks out trying to trap him and he uses a couple of nasty strategies to avoid them. One fun thing about watching these old shows is recognizing an actor in a small part who later scores it big. In this case it was Paul Burke - he got second to last mention in the credits. At the end, Crawford introduces himself and asks the viewer to watch the show again next week.


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