Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 7

Portrait of Death (Nov. 1958)

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When a reclusive artist is murdered, Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams are dubious that robbery was actually the motive for the killing.


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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Michael Garth ...
Nick Granger
Ann Morriss ...
Blanche Cronin
Robert Lynn ...
Karen Scott ...
Ron Foster ...
Dispatcher (as Ronald Foster)
Lee Trent ...
Jeff Carson
Hugo Stanger ...
Claude Wynn
Morgan Windbeil ...
Officer (as Morgan Windbiel)
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


Nick Granger offers reclusive artist Jeff Carson a ride, then suddenly murders him as part of a plot set in motion by Carson's estranged wife Blanche Cronin and her companion Malcolm. Carson had disappeared years earlier to pursue his artistic ambitions and he is able to sketch Granger's likeness and write down a description of his car before dying. Robbery is initially thought to be the motive when Carson's wallet is found empty. However, investigation reveals that Blanche had kept up payments on a $150,000 life insurance policy that named her as beneficiary. The sketch and the background information help Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams identify Granger and establish a more involved motive for Carson's murder. They tail the suddenly desperate killer to Blanche's apartment, where he threatens to blackmail Blanche and Malcolm. A tense armed confrontation ensues when Dan and Sergeant Williams forcibly enter the apartment and Granger tries to use Blanche as a hostage. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




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November 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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