Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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A delivery driver commits a series of armed robberies against individual stores that make up a small supermarket chain.


Herbert L. Strock


Don Clark


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Episode cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Chief Dan Mathews
Michael Garth Michael Garth ... Sam Cowley
Susan Dorn Susan Dorn ... Alberta Cowley
William Bakewell ... Cliff Parker
William Boyett ... Officer Johnson
Hal Hoover Hal Hoover ... Billy
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Disgruntled delivery driver Sam Cowley dons a mask and commits armed robberies at different supermarkets owned by his boss, Cliff Parker. Cowley comes under suspicion when Dan Mathews learns that he recently "lost" his master key to all of Parker's markets. Cowley believes he can outwit Dan by changing his procedure and robbing the previously-victimized Lauby Market. Officer Johnson spots Cowley at the Lauby Market immediately after the robbery and Dan subsequently finds the stolen money and the mask at the Cowleys' home. The Cowleys temporarily escape when the reluctant Alberta Cowley holds Dan at gunpoint, but they soon find themselves stymied at a roadblock set by Officer Johnson at Dan's direction. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

23 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ZIV Television Programs See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The manager and owner of the market, Cliff Parker, said $4,000.00 in cash along with some checks was stolen. In 1957. $4,000.00 had the same buying power as $34,278.99 in 2016.Annual inflation over this period was about 3.71% See more »


Dan Mathews is seen driving a 1957 Dodge Coronet throughout this episode. However, a 1956 Mercury Monterey is the car shown in the footage used to convey one of his travels to the Cowley home. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: In crime prevention, the work of law enforcement agencies is often hampered by the lack of one seemingly unimportant bit of information that could mean the difference between success or failure in apprehending the lawbreaker. Store owner Cliff Parker had neglected to report one small fact to the Highway Patrol, a fact he thought to be insignificant. On April tenth at exactly seven a.m., as he prepared to open his market for the day, this oversight brought him face to face with a ...
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Not Very Good
6 November 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The story's not very credible. A chain store employee, Sam, and his wife are fed up with the employer, so Sam decides to rob each of the stores and start his own chain. Wearing what amounts to a Boston Blackie mask, he sticks up his employer in the central store. Now, it's not too believable that his long-time boss would not recognize him despite the mask, his undisguised voice, for example. There are a few other stretches, making this one of the weaker entries. Nonetheless, actress Dorn as the plain-faced wife is quite good, and I like the location photography that makes no effort to prettify anything. And catch that narrow driveway the king-sized '57 model has to back out from-- good luck. Anyway, no car chases or highway action here. All in all, it's a lesser episode not very well thought out.

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