Highway Patrol: Season 2, Episode 1

The Search (8 Oct. 1956)

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A fleeing murderer's charm enables him to enlist the unwitting aid of several law-abiding citizens in his efforts to elude the Highway Patrol.



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Episode cast overview:
Richard Vath ...
Irv Desmond
Gail Kobe ...
Susan Keefe
Pat O'Malley ...
Henry Beckerley
Harry Strang ...
Sam Brown
Laura Wood ...
Ellie Brown
Jack Reitzen ...
Clarence Straight ...
Diner Counterman
William Boyett ...
Sergeant Johnson
Terry Frost ...
Sergeant Norton
Art Gilmore ...
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Irv Desmond is being hotly pursued by Dan Mathews and his officers for the murder of a pharmacist during a failed holdup. However, his handsome appearance and his pleasant personality enable him to stay just ahead of his pursuers by enlisting the unwitting aid of an elderly couple, a brickyard foreman, and the brickyard's secretary Susan Keefe. The somewhat smitten Ms. Keefe even accepts Desmond's invitation to lunch at a roadside diner, unaware that Desmond has already assaulted the foreman during a holdup. Dan and Sergeant Johnson learn from the foreman that Desmond is traveling with Ms. Keefe and that the two may still be nearby. They find the car parked at a roadside diner, but Desmond spots them and forces Ms. Keefe and a diner counterman to try to help him escape one more time. A tense confrontation results in which Sergeant Johnson's gun is trained on Desmond and Desmond's gun is trained on Dan. Written by Sam Spear

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8 October 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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During the initial seasons of this series, William Boyett's character was consistently referred to as "Officer Johnson". In this particular episode, he suddenly became "Sergeant Johnson". See more »


At one point in the narration, Sergeant Johnson is referred to as "Sergeant Corey". See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Like any law enforcement agency, the Highway Patrol encounters many unforseen obstacles in apprehending the criminal who is at large and dangerous to a community and its citizens. Many times, it is the citizen himself who unwittingly aids the criminal in his flight from the law. Such was the case when, on October seventh, Irv Desmond, having been unsuccessful in his attempt at robbing a drugstore, killed a pharmacist. For four days, Desmond had eluded the Patrol. Time and again he ...
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He seemed like such a nice guy
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the beginning of each episode, narrator Art Gilmore concludes his remarks by saying "These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws." In this case, Chief Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol are searching a small town and environs for Herb Desmond who shot and killed a pharmacist during a robbery. Desmond is incredibly polite, charming and glib. So much so that those he comes into contact with have a hard time believing he is a murderer. Trying to elude the state police, Desmond signs on as a day laborer with a cement plant. He talks the naive young woman who works there (and who owns a car) into having lunch with him. But things don't go well for Desmond and his true colors come out. As is typical of this series, there is good dialog and lots of action. It's been a while since I've seen a Highway Patrol episode and I had forgotten how fast Broderick Crawford talks; fortunately, his diction is good. This episode was a good start to the second season.

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