Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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An apparent hunting accident becomes increasingly suspicious when it is discovered that the shooter benefited in several ways from the victim's death.


Herbert L. Strock


Lou Huston


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... William Foster
Pierre Watkin ... Thomas Corbin
Voltaire Perkins Voltaire Perkins ... Mr. Edwards
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Officer Garvey
Louise Smith Louise Smith ... Phyllis Chadwick
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


At a remote mountain cabin, businessman Thomas Corbin angrily confronts his longtime friend and partner William Foster over misappropriation of company assets. Foster kills Corbin with a hunting rifle, transports the body to a muddy and wooded area, and calls the Highway Patrol. Dan Mathews becomes suspicious about the apparent "hunting accident" when he learns that Corbin disliked hunting and that his shoe soles were clean. His suspicions increase when it is revealed that Foster recently took $4,000 in cash from a company account and that he stands to inherit Corbin's share of the business. Dan returns to the cabin to confront Foster, who has become desperate to avoid exposure as a murderer and a thief. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

9 December 1957 (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?


First appearance of Ron Foster as Officer Garvey. He had appeared on the series prior to this once as Officer Foster. He would reprise the Garvey character by name 14 more times by the end of the series, as well as playing other officers or unnamed officers for a total of 25 series appearances. See more »


Men do not hunt in the woods wearing suits and bow ties. The officers paid great attention to the lack of mud on the victim's shoes but never questioned why Foster was wearing a suit to hunt in the woods. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: The Highway Patrol deals chiefly with events that fall into two main categories: crimes and accidents. In most cases, the distinction is clear cut. In a few instances, however, pure chance or the cleverness of a criminal may mask the true character of a tragedy. Early on the morning of September eighteenth, William Foster drove to a mountain cabin, where his senior partner, Thomas Corbin, was recuperating from a long illness.
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Lesser Episode
23 October 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lesser episode. The ending's clumsy and abrupt, along with a narrative that's both sloppy and non- suspenseful. Seems sneaky Foster has defrauded business colleague Corbin out of company money. Corbin confronts the crook at a mountain cabin, after which Foster shoots him and claims it was a hunting accident. So what can Patrol Chief Mathews do since there's little evidence to go on.

There's not much action; mostly it's dialogue pursuing the inquiry as it hits a few dead ends. At least comely young actress Smith shows up looking very 1957 and giving us a break from the ugly guys. Also watch for Voltaire Perkins as the company head. He made a career as the well-known judge on the long running Divorce Court (1958-70). All in all, if you miss any of the series, this might well be one.

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