Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Fisherman's Luck 

When two thieves who stole $50,000 are killed in an automobile accident, their other two partners scheme to recover the wreck and the stolen money.


(as Harry Gerstad)




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Episode cast overview:
Frank J. Scannell ...
Gil Martin (as Frank Scannell)
Steve Mitchell ...
Hank Lloyd (as Dirk London)
Richard Walsh ...
George Mitchell
Paul Barselou ...
Stuart Mitchell
Bruce Payne ...
Gas Station Attendant
William Boyett ...
Officer Dorsey
Charles H. Gray ...
Officer Edwards (as Charles Gray)
Narrator (voice)


Hank Lloyd and "Red" Strayson steal a $50,000 payroll, but are killed in an auto accident on the way to the Pinecrest fishing resort to meet job mastermind Gil Martin and his henchman Joe. The Highway Patrol impounds the wreck, but Gil and Joe steal it from the impound garage, recover the stolen money, and conceal the wreck in the brush near their fishing cabin. When Officer Dorsey finds the wreck, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Johnson decide to question some of the nearby fishermen. While questioning Gil and Joe, Dan notices that Joe's jeep has paint marks that weren't there previously and surmises that it was used to tow the wreck. Gil and Joe's unsuccessful attempt to escape vindicates Dan's hunch. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1956 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$50,000.00 in 1956 would have the same buying power as $441,277,99 in 2016. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.70% See more »


When the crook throws the metal box that contained the 50Gs into the brush it landed about 20 feet abeam of the front of the car. Later, when the patrolman is at the scene he finds it but it's only 6-8 feet from the car. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The enforcement of the traffic laws is one of the major functions of the Highway Patrol. Despite constant vigilance, recklessness and speed bring their daily toll of life and property. On May first, two men were speeding to a resort area. They were dressed like fishermen, they looked like fishermen. But they were different from most fishermen.
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Robbery, Fatal Accident, Sloppy Accomplices
26 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Review - Fisherman's Luck Four bad guys to start with and three HP officers with Dan made a good story and a well-acted episode with no gun fire, but plenty of guns drawn. The carefully planned crime always goes awry when something unexpected occurs such as the fatal car accident by the guys stealing the large payroll. The manner used to secure the money from the wreck was not the best executed part of the plan, slugging the lot attendant, stealing the wreck with the same Jeep noticed at the crash, unsuccessfully hiding the wreck were just a few items the crooks performed poorly. The bad guys recover the $50,000 but a trail of clues leads the HP to easily follow and arrest. As Dan closed with not a bad catch for this early in the season.

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