Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Hitchhiker Dies 

A man who picks up a hitchhiker is accused of complicity in an armed robbery when coincidence and circumstantial evidence point strongly toward his guilt.

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James Stone ...
Warren Siddons
John Close ...
Stash Erwin (as John V. Close)
William Boyett ...
Officer Johnson
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Gloria Burgess / Margaret Mason
Dan Sturkie ...
Mr. Steadman (as Daniel B. Sturkie)
Charles H. Gray ...
Officer Edwards (as Charles Gray)
Shirley O'Hara ...
Payroll Clerk
Sid Cassel ...
Guard at Gate
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Holdup man "Stash" Irwin robs the Apex Industrial Plastics Company of a $28,000 payroll, but is critically wounded while attempting to flee. He abandons his car, hides the money in a culvert, and hitches a ride with Warren Siddons (an Apex employee who is driving a nearly identical vehicle). After Irwin dies, Siddons is arrested at a Highway Patrol roadblock and appears to be complicit in the robbery, especially after Irwin's accomplices plant additional "evidence" in Siddons' home and office. Siddons steadfastly maintains his innocence in the face of seemingly overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and Dan Mathews and Officer Johnson eventually deduce that Siddons is either an innocent man or a fool. Betting on the former, they set a trap for Irwin's two accomplices. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama

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23 April 1956 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

$28,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $221,000 in 2009. See more »

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The car is shown entering the parking lot and the guard does not do anything on the driver side or give the driver anything. When the car pulls up to the payroll office, there is an Apex Plastics gate pass (#406) on the driver side windshield. See more »

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Narrator: One of the principal trouble sources of any law enforcement agency is circumstantial evidence. Too often, coincidence and chance conspire to point an overwhelming finger of guilt at an innocent person. The Highway Patrol encountered just such a case the morning that Stash Erwin, a wanted criminal, drove through the gates of the Apex Plastics Company.
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