Highway Patrol: Season 2, Episode 13

Escaped Mental Patient (Jan. 1957)

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Dan Mathews and his officers must work quickly to capture a delusional and unpredictable escapee from a mental hospital.



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Episode cast overview:
William Lally ...
Haldor Mattern
William Anders
Robert Reese
J. Anthony Hughes
Robert Sherman ...
Kathleen Mulqueen ...
Eileen Haley
Joe Brown ...
Farmer Robak
Jay Douglas ...
Officer Dorsey
Officer Garvey
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Haldor Mattern believes he is a famous concert violinist and is capable of being urbane and refined one moment and homicidal the next. When he escapes from Riverhead Hospital, Dan Mathews and his officers set up roadblocks and pursue all leads. Unsuspecting James Wilson offers Mattern a ride and is subsequently murdered. Mattern assumes Wilson's identity and gives a ride to occasional concert pianist Eileen Haley. When Wilson's body is found, Dan is able to surmise the direction in which Mattern is traveling. Mattern becomes highly upset when Eileen Haley looks at his hands and asks about the extent of his musical background. He stops the car abruptly and starts to slowly strangle her. Dan arrives in time to discern what is happening in the parked car and must use guile to try to prevent Mattern from committing a second murder. Written by Sam Spear

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January 1957 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: A missing person may be tracked down because his personal history and habits are known. But when he has no predictable habits, the problem is difficult, and becomes dangerous when those unpredictable habits are mixed with uncontrollable homicidal tendencies. Haldor Mattern, an ordinary-appearing man with extraordinarily strong hands, was such a person.
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Perhaps best lines ever in a "Highway Patrol" episode...
28 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, special thanks to "This" TV for bringing these wonderful memories back.... William Lally turns in a credible performance, playing escaped mental patient Haldor Matten who has delusions of being a famous concert violinist/virtuoso, "Playing at Carnegie Hall, The ""Paganini"" , "The most difficult violin piece ever" "encore after encore" . He has a very strange obsession about his hands, which suffer a strange jumping affliction, and his shoes-Any mention of his hands tend to bring on psychotic episodes, so whatever you do, do not stare at this guys hands. This episode shows once again that the best comedy is not intended as such. Being a huge fan of this funny old series , this episode would rank in my top 3 . Love the cars in this episode as well, I believe what you are seeing is actually old Packards...

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