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Highway Patrol 

Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Broderick Crawford ...  Chief Dan Mathews / ... 156 episodes, 1955-1959
Art Gilmore ...  Narrator / ... 156 episodes, 1955-1959
William Boyett ...  Sgt. Ken Williams / ... 65 episodes, 1955-1959
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Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patrulla de caminos See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ZIV Television Programs See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(156 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The California Highway Patrol strongly supported the program in its first two seasons, and the production company was able to rent actual CHP squad cars. Generic "Highway Patrol" logos were placed over the real CHP emblems and studio license plates were taped over the genuine "E" (exempt) plates. The 1955 Buick Century two-door sedans seen were built especially for the CHP and were never offered for sale to the public. Two-door sedans were adequate, because the real CHP rarely arrested anyone at that time, being involved more with accident investigations, enforcement, and auto thefts. Major police powers were not invested in the CHP until 1964. The show's uniforms were copies of the khakis worn by the CHP including the state seal and the slogan "Eureka", except that the word "California" was removed. Authenticity was a major goal, and Dan Mathews' call sign, "21-50", was the actual unit number of then-CHP Commissioner Bernard Caldwell. In mid 1956, the CHP dropped its support of the program over differences in storylines and presentation, and refused to supply any more squad cars. The producers quickly acquired an incorrect Buick Super four-door hardtop to complete that season. Accurate squad replicas were ordered for the 1957 season, but the 1958 season cars differed from reality. The trailer hitches seen on the squad cars were for towing the film company's equipment trailers to shooting locations. Brand names of suspect vehicles were never scripted. They were always described as "a green coupe", "a tan station wagon", or "a dark blue sedan". See more »

Goofs

Contrary to the opening narration, no US state police agency is called "the militia." See more »

Quotes

[Opening narration]
Narrator: Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers, Militia, the Rangers... or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws.
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Broderick The Main Man
25 March 2001 | by mibailiffSee all my reviews

This is an unforgetable series. Broderick Crawford set the standard for toughness with a badge. Sgt. Joe Friday couldn't carry Dan Matthews socks...Broderick was tough, scary and that rapid fire dialogue is burned into the memory of anyone who even thought for a nano-second of being a cop and interrogating a suspect. This is an American legand. Long Live ZIV!


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