Highway Patrol: Season 3, Episode 10

Dead Hunter (9 Dec. 1957)

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An apparent hunting accident becomes increasingly suspicious when it is discovered that the shooter benefited in several ways from the victim's death.



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Episode cast overview:
Joe Haworth ...
William Foster
Pierre Watkin ...
Thomas Corbin
Voltaire Perkins ...
Mr. Edwards
Ron Foster ...
Officer Garvey
Louise Smith ...
Phyllis Chadwick
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


At a remote mountain cabin, businessman Thomas Corbin angrily confronts his longtime friend and partner William Foster over misappropriation of company assets. Foster kills Corbin with a hunting rifle, transports the body to a muddy and wooded area, and calls the Highway Patrol. Dan Mathews becomes suspicious about the apparent "hunting accident" when he learns that Corbin disliked hunting and that his shoe soles were clean. His suspicions increase when it is revealed that Foster recently took $4,000 in cash from a company account and that he stands to inherit Corbin's share of the business. Dan returns to the cabin to confront Foster, who has become desperate to avoid exposure as a murderer and a thief. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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9 December 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Ron Foster as Officer Garvey. He had appeared on the series prior to this once as Officer Foster. He would reprise the Garvey character by name 14 more times by the end of the series, as well as playing other officers or unnamed officers for a total of 25 series appearances. See more »


Men do not hunt in the woods wearing suits and bow ties. The officers paid great attention to the lack of mud on the victim's shoes but never questioned why Foster was wearing a suit to hunt in the woods. See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: Foster reported the accident. He said he was out deer hunting, heard a noise in the thicket and he fired. He thought your father was quite a distance away.
Phyllis Chadwick: I... I can't believe it! What was my father doing out there?
Chief Dan Mathews: Well, he'd gone for a walk with Foster. Foster had his rifle with him.
Phyllis Chadwick: My father never went hunting in his life! He wouldn't even go around with anyone who carried a gun! He couldn't bear to see any living thing killed.
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