Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 5

Gambling (31 Oct. 1955)

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Dan Mathews and his officers assist a county sheriff in closing down a club that offers illicit gambling.

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Morgan Jones ...
Sergeant Corey
Robert Knapp ...
Sheriff Barney Bishop
Russ Whiteman ...
Al Sandy
Robert Patten ...
Ollie Dyer
Don Mathers ...
Hall
David Dwight ...
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After several unsuccessful raids, Wilcox County Sheriff Barney Bishop enlists the aid of Dan Mathews in closing down Al Sandy's Club Bahamas, the site of an illegal gambling casino. Another raid is unsuccessful, even with the aid of Dan and his officers. However, they learn that the activity takes place behind two sets of doors and that very little advance notice is needed for Sandy and club manager Ollie Dyer to be able to squelch the activity and conceal the gambling tables and equipment. Dan assumes the identity of a heavy-tipping businessman and has Sergeant Corey pose as a telephone repairman in order to position themselves to control all of the doors when the next raid takes place. Written by Sam Spear

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Narrator: Law enforcement agencies must constantly uphold all state laws. When an open violation occurs, with the community's tolerance, the operation eventually becomes bigger and more dangerous, with additional vices. When the Club Bahamas opened a gambling casino against the state law, the law enforcement agencies moved rapidly to close it, a move that called for extraordinary measures.
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Shutting down a gambling den
30 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A local town cop is positive that a posh restaurant also has on-premise gambling. He's raided the restaurant three times and always failed to find any gambling equipment. In frustration he calls the Highway Patrol for help and Crawford and colleagues are soon there. Crawford goes under cover as a wealthy businessman seeking a little "action" but the restaurant owner is very cautious and wont let Crawford into the private dining room that has the gambling. Crawford then goes to Plan B and develops a ruse that he hopes will get them into the private dining room before the gambling equipment can be removed. What was interesting about this episode was that it showed how attitudes have changed towards gambling in the last 60 years. But even back then there was evidently a somewhat cavalier attitude towards gambling in terms of its being against the law. Not on Crawford's Dan Mathews - it was illegal so he was against it. I've rated this show lower than some of the others because it's pretty much a one set show which makes it a bit visually uninteresting. Crawford's bits of advice at the end of the show are being repeated. For this episode it was "Remember - it isn't the car that kills, it's the driver.


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