Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 27

Hitchhiker (6 Apr. 1959)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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An armed robber wearing actors' makeup is able to obtain rides in the cars of his victims, but an unplanned murder results when one man fights back.



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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Richard Deems ...
Joe Parker
Fran Bennett ...
Dolly Parker
Harold Goodwin ...
Motel Manager (as Herold Goodwin)
Robert Cavendish ...
Businessman (as Bob Cavendish)
Ron Foster ...
Officer Garvey
Lee Kross ...
Walter Miller
Joe Durkin ...
Martin Hoffman
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Hitchhiker Joe Parker disguises himself, robs drivers who offer him rides, then flees in his own car after meeting his wife Dolly. When he is forced to kill one of his victims, he leaves evidence that enables Dan Mathews to deduce that he and Dolly are traveling cross-country and that he wears actors' makeup while committing his crimes. Desperate for more cash, Joe and Dolly decide to stage an outright armed robbery of a businessman spotted at a roadside diner. A tip from the manager of a local motel concerning a guest who was using actors' makeup helps Dan and Sergeant Williams pinpoint the area in which Joe and Dolly are likely to strike next. A subsequent tip from the diner about the "loitering" couple enables Dan to find Dolly waiting in their car while Joe robs the victim. The Parkers get away temporarily by handcuffing Dan to his car after threatening to kill the businessman, but their increasing desperation and recklessness takes them straight toward a series of roadblocks set ... Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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6 April 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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While it was generally thought the program took place in California, the robber while in the diner tells his wife "It's a long way to California." His trail of robberies were said to have covered a distance of over 1400 miles. See more »


Single gunshot wounds to the torso are not instantly fatal/incapacitating as shown. Once engaged in combat, adrenaline often prevents people from realizing they have been shot and they continue to fight until shot in a vital area or the loss of blood becomes too great. See more »


Walter Miller: How come he picked me? I only had $30 in my pocket.
Chief Dan Mathews: He didn't pick you - you picked him. Sucker!
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