Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Two men find themselves unable to flee as planned after they use a stolen bazooka to rob a $33,000 oil field payroll.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Gene Roddenberry (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Chief Dan Mathews
Bob J. Human Bob J. Human ... Virgil Stocker (as Robert Human)
Robert Roark ... Alfred Davidson
Dick Standish Dick Standish ... Fletcher
Howard Price Howard Price ... Officer 3427
Steve Wayne Steve Wayne ... Officer 3632
Jack Shea Jack Shea ... Oil Field Foreman
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Using a bazooka stolen from a U. S. Army facility, supposed Korean War veteran Virgil Stocker and his partner Alfred Davidson rob a $33,000 payroll from the Reiner Oil Company. When they find themselves bottled in by Highway Patrol roadblocks, they return to the oil field and threaten to use the bazooka to destroy the storage tanks and wells if they are not permitted to go free. Dan Mathews and Army Detective Fletcher (a former tank operator) are able to use a scraper with a heavy blade to get within handgun range of the two. Stocker reveals himself to be a pusillanimous fake who never actually saw combat. When he flees, he is easily captured by Fletcher and Davidson finds himself facing Dan Mathews alone. Written by Sam Spear

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

$33,000.00 in 1956 had the same buying power as $291,243.47 in 2016. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.70% See more »

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In the opening narration, the oil drilling firm is called the Reiner Oil Company. The sign above its office door shows "Reiner Oil Corporation". See more »

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Narrator: The Highway Patrol maintains a constant vigilance to ensure the safe delivery of the millions of dollars worth of cargo which is transported annually over the highways. The shipments are of varying nature and varying value. But the cargo most tempting to the lawbreaker is money. On August 20th of this year, an armored truck was delivering a thirty-three-thousand-dollar payroll to the Reiner Oil Company. The schedule and contents of this truck were known, and a highly dangerous plan...
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Duck and Cover
31 January 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Grab your helmet and be prepared to duck. It's combat time between a bazooka and a bulldozer. Good thing my TV screen didn't crack. Seems these two baddies plan to rob a big cash load in an armored car and get away using fire power of a bazooka to out-gun any cops getting in the way. After all, what good are cop cars and revolvers against a bazooka blast. No doubt about it, Mathews has a big problem.

Okay the action is something of a stretch, but the visuals with soaring oil derricks and roaring bulldozer are almost from another world. Credit some great skyline photography for that. Location-wise, it's hard to believe the whole thing goes down inside greater LA (Baldwin Park and Mulholland Drive). Note too how script makes sure the one ex-GI baddie is not the Korean war hero he claims to be. That way no reflection is cast on a hero gone bad. Anyway, the entry keeps the usual HP context, but with a high-octane variation that'll keep you glued. Meanwhile, I'm giving my screen a second check.


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