Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 18

Scared Cop (Feb. 1956)

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A highly regarded Highway Patrol officer tenders his resignation after he finds himself unable to subdue and arrest his brother (an escaped prisoner).



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Episode cast overview:
Robert Patten ...
Patrolman Mark Reynolds
Dennis Cross ...
Bill Reynolds / John Bennett
Watson Downs ...
Mr. Reynolds
Rachel Ames ...
Anne Reynolds (as Judith Ames)
Terry Frost ...
Sgt. Bruce Morris
Morgan Shaan ...
Patrolman (as Ron Sha'an)
Peter M. Thompson ...
Leonard - Patrolman (as Peter Thompson)
Michael Mark ...
Elderly Surveyor Driver
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Highly regarded Highway Patrol officer Mark Reynolds stops a speeding car and is surprised to find that the driver is his brother Bill (a military prison escapee). Bill assaults Mark and escapes when Mark draws his gun but is unable to shoot. Mark is distraught about the incident and offers his resignation to Dan Mathews, but he is vague about the reasons. Since Mark has always been a model officer, Dan investigates further and he is able to piece together the story concerning Bill and his frequent brushes with the law. Bill's continuing attempt to flee the area leads to additional assaults on a sailor and a local sheriff, but Dan and Mark eventually confront him face to face after he commandeers an elderly surveyor's car and causes a serious accident. Written by Sam Spear

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February 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Bill Reynolds shot the Sheriff using 2 rounds from the Sheriff's 6-shot revolver. During the pursuit and after the crash, he fires 4 more rounds, which would have emptied the gun. After he is shot, he rolls over and fires a 7th shot. See more »


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Narrator: When on duty, there is not a moment in a Highway Patrol officer's life that he is not prepared to make a decision. Some decisions come directly from the manual, others from repeat experiences. But the split-second decision of when to shoot, take a life, is his alone. In the early morning of November 19th, Patrolman Mark Reynolds was faced with such a decision.
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His brother's keeper
3 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An up and coming Highway Patrol Officer, Mark Reynolds, stops a car and is assaulted by the driver. The driver takes the keys from the patrol car and speeds off. Reynolds draws his gun and although he evidently has a clear shot at the driver he does not fire. Later that day Reynolds hands in his resignation to Mathews without giving any explanation. Mathews doesn't want to lose this officer and tries to find a reason for the unexpected resignation. While visiting Reynolds' home Mathews meets Reynolds' father who has suffered a number of strokes. The old man goes on endlessly about how wonderful his late son Bill was - a real hero, a real doer. Of course, the steadfast happily married Mark is boring and the subject of the father's scorn. It's an old story but probably all too often a true one. The upshot is that Bill isn't dead (Mark told his Dad that when he thought his Dad wouldn't last longer because of a stroke) but a felon who escaped from a military jail; Bill could not shoot his brother and that is why he thinks he should resign. The story ends in a logical way. One wonders what the father ended up thinking about Bill's adventuresome ways. And about Mark...

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