Highway Patrol: Season 2, Episode 16

Ranch Copter (21 Jan. 1957)

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After an accidental shooting occurs on a ranch, the Highway Patrol helicopter is used to prevent a revenge killing by the supposed shooter's angry brother-in-law.



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Episode cast overview:
Douglas Henderson ...
George Wilson
Troy Melton ...
Ted Johnson
Robert Cavendish ...
Harry Johnson
Virginia Dale ...
Iris Wilson
Howard Wright ...
James Logan ...
Vance Skarstedt ...
Officer Larrabee
Stephen Bradley ...
Officer Arnold
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Ranchers Ted and Harry Johnson are openly disdainful of George Wilson, their sister Iris's new city-bred husband who lives on their ranch. George and Iris argue about the situation and Iris is critically shot and wounded when she foolishly tosses a loaded revolver in George's direction. George panics and flees, but quick-tempered Ted Johnson is determined to extract revenge for his sister's (presumed) death and goes after George with a rifle. Iris subsequently survives an emergency operation and weakly admits that the shooting was an accident. Given this information, Dan Mathews uses the Highway Patrol helicopter for an all-out effort to locate George Wilson and Ted Johnson in the rough terrain before a fatal tragedy occurs. Written by Sam Spear

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21 January 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Vance Skarstedt is referred to as "Officer Dillon" in the narration and by other characters, but he refers to himself as "Officer Larrabee" in one scene. Skarstedt was a regular performer on this series and "Officer Larrabee" was the name of his character in the substantial majority of his appearances. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Many times the Highway Patrol is confronted with varied and complex situations. None becomes more entangled than the situation resulting from violent tempers. On July 11th, at the Johnson Bar D Ranch, an emotionally charged family conflict demanded the urgent attention of the Patrol.
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