Highway Patrol (1955–1959)

The Collector 

A wounded and frightened ex-con flees after accidentally killing a blackmailer.


Otto Lang


Hendrik Vollaerts (as Rik Vollaerts)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Jerry Singleton
Jewell Lain Jewell Lain ... Marge Singleton
Robert Nash Robert Nash ... Nathan Coley
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Dispatcher
Dick Bernie Dick Bernie ... Pharmacist
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Reformed ex-convict Jerry Singleton finally stands up to blackmailer Nathan Coley and refuses to pay. Coley threatens Singleton and his wife Marge with a gun and a struggle ensues. When the gun discharges during the struggle, Jerry is seriously wounded and Coley is killed. Jerry is fearful of facing a murder charge because of his past record, so he grabs the gun and flees. Despite Jerry's instructions, Marge calls the Highway Patrol. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams verify that the killing was an accident, but they must chase the injured and weakening Jerry into rough terrain. When Jerry is found, he stubbornly refuses to surrender and Dan sends for Marge in a last-ditch effort to reason with him. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

2 March 1959 (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?


Several errors take place regarding Coley's handgun. It is a model 1911 semi automatic pistol, which must have the hammer fully rearward (cocked) to fire. In the opening scene, when Jerry is initially shot, and when Coley is shot the hammer was fully forward, which would make it impossible to fire the gun. It is clear that the gunshot sounds were edited in later, as blanks would require the hammer to be cocked. The gun is also in this condition when Jerry threatens the pharmacist. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: A crime of violence is always a shock. It is like the sudden onslaught of a hurricane or a tornado. One moment all is peaceful and quiet, and then suddenly, nothing is as it was before. But before every violent moment of nature, there is period of unusual quiet and peace - the lull before the storm. The very nature of a sudden crime of violence makes the police work difficult. There is no real warning, no way of preventing it. It strikes like the violence of nature. Such a crime ...
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