Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Mother's March 

A handyman robs a local businessman of $11,000 in charitable donations, then attempts to frame a local beautician for the crime.


Herbert L. Strock


Ellis Marcus


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Lee Rhodes Lee Rhodes ... Harve Case
Fran Andrade Fran Andrade ... Mabel Wayne
Paul Power Paul Power ... Fred Briscoe
Lillian Culver ... Lucy Briscoe
Joe Patridge Joe Patridge ... Officer
Linné Ahlstrand Linné Ahlstrand ... Dispatcher
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Handyman Harve Case robs local businessman Fred Briscoe of $11,000 in donations to the "Mother's March" for the children's wing of the local hospital. The initial investigation points to beautician Mabel Wayne, a committee member who knew how the funds would be transported. When Dan Mathews travels to Mabel's Hill-Top Beauty Salon to question her, he finds that she had been assaulted by Case after she found him trying to plant some of the stolen money in her salon. Dan learns that Case had previously overheard Mabel and Lucy Briscoe talking about plans for transporting the money. Case fires at Dan and attempts to escape on a motorcycle, but he is soon hemmed in by strategically placed roadblocks. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

13 January 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$11,000 in 1957 had the same purchasing power as $83,800 in 2009. See more »


The robber transfers one stack of bills from the briefcase to the bag at the beauty shop, yet when he drops the bag and it is run over by the highway patrol car, several stacks of bills are seen inside. See more »


[closing lines]
Mabel Wayne: I hope no one got hurt.
Chief Dan Mathews: No. Nobody did.
[He takes from Mabel the bag containing the charitable donations that Harve Case had stolen]
Chief Dan Mathews: We'll keep this at headquarters.
Mabel Wayne: There's fifteen dollars missing.
Chief Dan Mathews: Oh, there is? Hold this for a second, will ya.
[He hands the bag back to Mabel, takes a bill from his pocket and places it in the bag, and takes back the bag]
Chief Dan Mathews: That's from the Highway Patrol.
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Lesser Episode
21 November 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- Respectable neighborhood mothers go door-to-door collecting donations for hospital improvements. But once the aggregate amount is collected, a masked robber steals the money before it's taken to the bank. But where did he get his inside info. Now it looks like an inside job, but which of the mothers is guilty of tipping him off.

The series strengths are mostly in evidence—brisk pacing, location photography, ordinary looking people. Trouble is the shoot-outs are poorly staged. For example, a shot is fired into a door that leaves no mark! Then too, the fusillade between Patrol and robber again show no effects. Come on series producers, how much does it cost for exploding caps in the woodwork, the way it's usually done. Then too, there's the roadblock on a deserted dirt road with no backstory for why it's in such an isolated spot (Did I maybe miss something). All in all, the half-hour is definitely not among the series best.

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