A former nursing home employee turns to robbing luxury stores and uses a potentially lethal stolen drug to disable his victims.





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Episode credited cast:
Richard Vath ...
Joe Varnum
Robert Shield ...
Dr. Howard (as Bob Shield)
Elinor Dale ...
Anita Varnum
Sergeant Moore
William A. Forester ...
Joe Patridge ...
Officer at Roadblock
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vance Skarstedt ...
Radio Newscaster (voice)


With the help of his new wife Anita, Joe Varnum robs luxury stores by assaulting the proprietors and injecting them with a stolen (and potent) knockout drug to ensure that he will have sufficient time to get away safely. The Highway Patrol's involvement intensifies when two of his victims die from the injections. A radio broadcast alerts the Varnums of one of the deaths and they attempt to flee the state. Dan Mathews is able to ascertain their whereabouts and eventually finds himself involved in a standoff in which Joe Varnum crassly attempts to use Anita as a shield. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

7 October 1957 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Joe exits the car to go into the store with the old man, you see a stopped 56 Chevy in the middle of the road and begin and accelerate as the camera picks it up. The stopped reflection is also visible across the street in the windows, See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Boundaries are just imaginary lines on a map, not strong enough to contain a criminal or to prevent his movement from town to town. It's the job of the Highway Patrol to augment those boundaries; to give them muscle and substance; to prevent crimes if possible; to capture criminals when necessary. Four days ago, a man known as "the hypo bandit" began to operate in this state. His method: Knock his victim into unconsciousness, inject a knockout drop to keep him out for several hours...
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Highway Patrol: Hypo Bandit (1957)
28 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our family would never miss this TV show. I was a middle-class kid living in Michigan, had good parents and one brother. As a kid, I was truly surprised by what criminals actually did in their lives.

I believe they used actual cases from the Highway Patrol, Texas Rangers, etc. and they were exciting stories to watch as far as I am concerned!

Broderick Crawford always displays great acting in this series Highway Patrol and his movies.

The "Hypo Bandit" episode had a married couple using some type of "Knock Out Drug" to disable the victim in order to rob the merchant.

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