Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 5

Mistaken Identity (4 Nov. 1957)

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An unassuming cabinetmaker is abducted at gunpoint when coincidence causes a would-be thief to mistake him for a diamond merchant.



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Episode cast overview:
George Eldredge ...
Harry Barlow
William Flaherty ...
The Criminal
Mary Newton ...
Martha Colter
Harry Strang ...
John Colter
Wayne Heffley ...
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee
Dorsey Keaton ...
Deputy Sheriff Warren
George Becwar ...
Al Dixon
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Chicago cabinetmaker John Colter is abducted at gunpoint and repeatedly beaten by a would-be thief who mistakes him for diamond merchant Harry Barlowe. Colter's worried wife Martha notifies the Highway Patrol, but there are few leads until Dan Mathews spots Barlowe (who has a very similar car and license plate) checking in at the Pinewood Motel. When Dan learns that Barlowe is carrying diamonds, he deduces that a thief working with Barlowe's partner Al Dixon is responsible for Colter's disappearance. Dan knows that the injured Colter will be very difficult to find unless the thief can be caught, so he enlists the aid of an attractive female deputy sheriff to set a trap that will lure him into the open. Written by Sam Spear

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4 November 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: One of the routine duties of the Highway Patrol is to ensure the safety and protection of the ordinary traveler on the public highway. But on September second, the most amazing coincidence ever encountered by the Highway Patrol took place. Because of a strange case of mistaken identity, John and Martha Colter, innocent travelers, were marked for violent attack. At the moment, they were carefree, happy, unworried. But by a twist of fate, they were even then being marked.
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