Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Broderick Crawford ...  Chief Dan Mathews / ... 156 episodes, 1955-1959
Art Gilmore ...  Narrator / ... 156 episodes, 1955-1959
William Boyett ...  Sgt. Ken Williams / ... 65 episodes, 1955-1959
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Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patrulla de caminos See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

ZIV Television Programs See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(156 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series' opening credits originally expressed appreciation to Bernard R. Caldwell (the head of the California Highway Patrol during the mid 1950s) for technical advice and assistance, much of which was provided on-site by CHP Officer Frank Runyon. After the initial seasons, Mr. Runyon continued to serve as a Technical Advisor, but the CHP reduced its official support for the program. The opening expression of gratitude thus became more "generic". It read: "This program is dedicated to the Highway Patrols throughout the nation and their contribution to the safeguarding of public welfare. We are deeply grateful for the technical advice and assistance which made the authentic production of this program possible." See more »

Goofs

Although well known for his line via radio of "21-50 to headquarters", Broderick Crawford throughout the series failed to properly use the radio microphone. On occasion, he held it backwards and spoke into the metal clip that held it on the dashboard, and he usually did not release the push-to-talk button after speaking (this would have prevented him from hearing headquarters). Other actors such as William Boyett did not make this error when using the microphone. See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration]
Narrator: Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers, Militia, the Rangers... or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws.
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A great show
7 June 2002 | by jamesrl48See all my reviews

"Whenever the laws of many states are broken, a fully organized organization swings into action. They may be called the Troopers,the Rangers,the State Police or the HIGHWAY PATROL." This is how each show started and I remember it almost fifty years later. My dad's sold Fords at the time and he didn't like the Buick's and Oldsmobiles saying. "Police forces don't drive high priced cars." It was a really good show. I'd like to see it again.


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