Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 11

Retired Gangster (Dec. 1955)

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Dan Mathews personally takes on the task of protecting a former crime boss who is scheduled to testify before a grand jury.



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Episode cast overview:
Gordon Wynn ...
Unidentified Role
Carleton Young ...
Jack McCall
Jonathan Haze ...
Ted Kramer - Sniper (as Jonathon Haze)
Mel Welles ...
Max Jersey
Blainey (as Paul Brinegar Jr.)
Tony Russel ...
Jimmy Wilson (as Tony Russo)
Eric Alden ...
Officer Jennings


Jack McCall, a former crime boss turned "gentleman rancher" is scheduled to testify before a grand jury, but current syndicate boss Robert Wilson Houston and his henchmen are determined to prevent his testimony by any means necessary. McCall refuses to leave his ranch, so Dan Mathews decides to protect McCall by remaining at the ranch himself and stationing several officers around the property. After the failure of murder attempts involving a sniper and hand grenades hidden in a bale of hay, Houston sends assassins to attack the ranch house directly, but Dan and Officer Jennings spot the approaching car and are able to foil this attempt as well. McCall had originally sworn that he would tell the grand jury nothing, but he ultimately relents and tells Dan that he will testify fully and truthfully out of regard for the Patrol's efforts. Written by Sam Spear

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December 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: The Highway Patrol maintains a constant vigilance to protect the lives of the citizens of the state, even to the point of special protection for certain individuals. On November ninth, the newspapers carried the story that Jack McCall, a retired gangster turned gentleman farmer, was to testify before the grand jury on November 14th. It was the Highway Patrol's job to see that McCall arrived safely.
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Do retired gangsters ever do the right thing?
1 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack McCall, once a big time gangster, is now retired and has become a "gentleman farmer." The thing is he is scheduled to appear before a grand jury investigating mob activities - and McCall has no intention of testifying. Nonetheless, Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol are given the job of protecting McCall and to make sure he gets to the hearing alive. In spite of more than one attack on him, McCall insists that he won't testify. The discussions between McCall (played by the busy character actor Carlton Young) and Mathews are the best part of the show and are interesting even though the ending is not entirely believable - but it would be nice if it were so.

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