Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Efficiency Secretary 

A secretary with an impeccable reputation for trustworthiness and reliability colludes with her boyfriend to steal $50,000 from her employer.


Herbert L. Strock


Vance Skarstedt


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Michael Fox ... Dusty Dunn
Paula Houston Paula Houston ... Doris Mauldin
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Officer Larrabee
Thomas Wilde Thomas Wilde ... Cyril Green (as Tom Wilde)
Elmore Vincent Elmore Vincent ... Harry Bates
William Boyett ... Officer 3016 (as Bill Boyett)
Ben Frommer Ben Frommer ... Farmer
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Trusted secretary Doris Mauldin steals $50,000 from the Colton Valley Farmers' Co-Operative and solicits the assistance of her boyfriend "Dusty" Dunn to transport the cash to a safe hiding place in his crop dusting plane. Her manager and co-workers vouch for her honesty and efficiency, but most of the other possible suspects are painstakingly eliminated. When Dan Mathews notices a white dust handprint on the back of Ms. Mauldin's dress, he deduces that she and Dunn are romantically involved. He utilizes a ruse that compels Ms. Mauldin to expose her involvement by attempting to flee with Dunn in his plane. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

14 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Doris Mauldin steals $50,000.00 from the office where she works. In 1957, $50,000.00 had the same buying power as $428,487.32 in 2016. Annual inflation over this period was about 3.71% See more »


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Narrator: In its day-to-day job of enforcing the law, the Highway Patrol has come to know many types of lawbreakers, their methods, and habits. But some fit no previous pattern. This girl - an efficient secretary, hardworking, thorough, and loyal. For five years, she has held her daily job with the Colton Valley Farmers' Co-Operative. Doris Mauldin does not look like a criminal, nor has she ever been one. Until today.
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A Woman Mastermind
18 September 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Paula Houston delivers an ace performance as the super-efficient secretary in a farm co-op. The actress's credits are only six and I wonder why. She was certainly good enough for a TV career and maybe more. I guess it goes to show how much talent exists on the edges of the industry. Meanwhile, get a load of the run-down warehouse. No upscale Sunset & Vine here. Clearly, production rented a real structure out in the LA boondocks. The realistic touch lends credibility to the co-op if not to the flawless secretary who's skills suggest a career on Wall Street. Perhaps, instead of a bigger job, she's planned this major heist from the lowly co-op for years.

As reviewer telegonus observes, action doesn't pick up til the second part. The real draw, however, is the plain-faced Mrs. Mauldin and her no-nonsense personality. Seldom did 50's TV make a woman the mastermind of a criminal operation, but here the gamble rates a resounding A+.

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