Highway Patrol (1955–1959)


A disgruntled truck driver abducts his estranged wife and threatens to detonate a truckload of unstable pure potassium while she remains trapped inside it.


Jack Herzberg


Richard Adam


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Episode cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Alan Wells ... Larry Bolton
Jan Shepard ... Peg Bolton
Jeff DeBenning Jeff DeBenning ... Mr. Clay
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Officer Garvey
Eleanore Tanin Eleanore Tanin ... Dispatcher
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Demolitions Expert
George Diestel George Diestel ... Joe
Frances O'Farrell Frances O'Farrell ... Policewoman Eleanor Scott
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Gambling losses and various lies told to conceal them finally catch up to Larry Bolton. His wife Peg asks for a divorce and he is fired from his job as a truck driver for March Chemical on the same day. He retaliates by abducting Peg and hijacking a March truck loaded with unstable pure potassium. The material can be easily detonated with water and Bolton plans to restrain Peg in the truck and use it to blow up the March plant. Dan Mathews, a policewoman, and a demolitions expert utilize a high-risk ruse to position themselves for a last-ditch attempt to prevent a cataclysmic disaster. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

2 June 1958 (USA) 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 "March Chemical Company" gate was the same set as the lumberyard in Highway Patrol: The Judge (1958), which aired two weeks earlier. See more »


When Bolton pulls up to the disabled car, it is completely off the road and to the right of the white line. After the camera angle changes, the front of the car is well over the white line and blocking the road. In the final scene as Matthews and the policewoman are walking to the car, it is again to the right of the white line. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: There is no criminal more potentially dangerous than the one who commits a crime out of a desire for revenge. On the 23rd of March, a letter delivered to the home of Larry and Peggy Fulton triggered a revenge crime that was to involve Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol in one of its most harrowing cases.
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