Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 23

Deaf Mute (10 Mar. 1958)

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A botched robbery results in the abduction of the only witness - a 10-year-old girl who can neither hear nor speak.



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Episode cast overview:
John Sebastian ...
Jean R. Maxey ...
Barbara Collentine ...
Mrs. Haskell (as Bobbie Collentine)
Wayne Heffley ...
Officer Dennis
Lynette Winter ...
Susie Haskell
Dean Cromer ...
Officer Harper (as Michael Kopcha)
Linné Ahlstrand ...
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


A husband (Fred) and wife (Edith) attempt to rob a small rural grocery store at gunpoint. The robbery results in critical injury to the grocer and the abduction of the only witness - the grocer's 10-year-old daughter, Susie. The terrified girl can neither hear nor speak and elicits sympathy from the compassionate Edith, who eventually convinces Fred to release her in a remote area. Dan Mathews is disgusted that anyone would abduct such a helpless victim and orders an intensive search for the child. When Officer Harper finds her unharmed, Dan discovers that he is able to take advantage of Susie's lip-reading and observation skills to obtain critical information concerning Fred and Edith and their possible whereabouts. When Officer Harper subsequently spots Fred and Edith's station wagon, he chases them back in the direction of Dan and Officer Dennis. An armed confrontation becomes inevitable. Written by Sam Spear

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10 March 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Dan Mathews is shown en route to the restaurant from headquarters driving a Buick patrol car. He is shown driving alone. He arrives at the restaurant in a Dodge patrol car with a passenger. See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: Alert all units about missing girl. Age 10. Blonde hair. Name - Susan Haskell. Last seen wearing a blue skirt and a gray sweater. Use caution - she's being held as a hostage. 10-4?
Dispatcher: 10-4.
Chief Dan Mathews: If anything happens to that kid!
[shakes head grimly]
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