Highway Patrol starred Broderick Crawford as Chief Dan Matthews, the gruff and dedicated commander of a police force in a large, unidentified Western state, who is always in control and always at the scene of the action. The real California Highway Patrol provided technical assistance, and the Dodges and Buicks used as police vehicles were designed to resemble the then-current CHP fleet in both paint scheme and door insignias. The series was unique in that it used primarily location shooting - in rural and desert areas of southern California - in the still very studio-bound early years of television.
Host/Narrator: Art Gilmore
Dead Hunter: On a hunting expedition, William Foster shoots down his business partner to gain control of their company. Dan Mathews detects a false note in Foster's explanation of the 'accident'. The crime lab supports Mathews' theory. Dan and the officers corn.
Convicted Innocent: Mathews discovers an innocent man serving a prison term for murder. Mathews obtains his release. The exonerated man is bitter. He hunts the witness whose mistaken testimony led to the conviction...and attacks the witness with intent to kill.
Chain Store: A masked gunman holds up several supermarkets and makes a clean getaway. Chief Mathews ferrets out the bandits' mysterious method of operation and sets an unusual trap to catch him red-handed.
Double Death: U.S. law states that no man can be tried for the same crime more than once. When a maddened ex-convict tries to twist this law to commit 'legal' murder, Dan Mathews swings into action.
Hideout: Highway Patrol Chief Dan Mathews receives a phone call - a young woman hysterically tells him she has killed a man. Rushing to the scene, Dan learns the woman has struck her victim - a 'wanted' thief- down in self-defense.
Mother’s March: A hospital charity Committee collects over $10,000. On the way to the bank the Committee Chairman is attacked and robbed. Dan learns that only three people knew the committeeman's route - the victim, his wife and a local businesswoman.
Slain Cabby: Using a squad of taxicab drivers as 'bait', Dan Mathews, lures two hold-up men out of hiding.
Insulin: Panicked by a government investigating committee, a notorious crime syndicate makes a fatal mistake.
The 7th Green: A 'wanted' criminal needs shelter at any cost. The Highway Patrol exposes one man more ruthless than his boarders who operates a professional hideout for criminals.
Foster Child: Dan puts out an All Points Bulletin to catch an armed fugitive. Description: Male- 10 years old.
Lady Bandits: Disguised as men, two girls stage a series of armed robberies. After each foray, they change to normal dress and slip undetected through Highway Patrol roadblocks.
Tear Gas Copter: Three gunmen flee to a sparsely populated farm area where they slug the Highway Patrol Officer on duty and take a panic-stricken housewife as hostage. Dan swoops out of the sky in a helicopter to attack the criminals with tear gas.
Deaf Mute: 12-year-old Susie Haskell can't hear or speak. When two thieves attack her father, rob his safe and take her as hostage, Susie is petrified with fear - unable to cry for help.
Hit and Run: A panic-stricken hit and run driver, two thieves and a disappearing body create a unique mystery.
Fear: The Highway Patrol pinpoints Keith Tobin as a thief and killer. Tobin panics, flees in his car. Chief Dan Mathews commanders a Highway Patrol car, follows in hot pursuit.
Careless Cop: After five years of flawless service, Highway Patrol officer Wilkie makes a fatal error. He stops a speeding car, finds a gun, but forgets to frisk the driver. It's Wilkie's last mistake.
Policewoman: Ohio policewoman Martha Cole poses as a member of a gambling syndicate. A freak accident tips off the syndicate to her true identity. Desperate, Martha phones Chief Dan Mathews, but she's captured before she can give her location.
The Truckers: Bill and Julie Gibson stage a series of ingenious truck robberies. They follow a drug company's truck, wait for the driver to stop, then slip him a 'mickey'.
Credit Card: Two men kidnap Janice Carlyle, commandeer her car, and use her credit card to purchase auto accessories.
Psycho-Killer: A madman uses 'Lonely Hearts' newspaper ads to meet and murder helpless women. Dan Mathews deduces the killer's method of operation and uses a lovely policewoman as 'bait' to lure him into police custody.
Suicide: Brothers Joe and Pete Curran, big-time criminals, split up when Joe goes 'straight'. Later, on orders from the syndicate, Pete attacks his brother and flees.
Phony Cop: Pretending to be the hysterical victim of a robbery, Mae Loman draws the Highway Patrol away from the scene of real robberies her husband is committing in another area.
The Judge: Red Baker escapes from prison with one compelling motive - to destroy the man who sent him there, Judge Crosson.
Dan’s Vacation: Dan Mathews takes a much-needed vaction at his favorite fishing lodge, finds the place under new management and some very strange 'guests'.
Explosives: Enraged Larry Bolton devises a cruel way to murder his wife and his boss. He steals a truck full of explosives, planning to blow himself, wife, boss - and much of the city - sky high!
Hostage Officer: In hot pursuit of two thieves, Officer Hoffman's motorcycle skids. He falls and is taken hostage by the very men he was after. Mathews uses his expert skill in radio-electronics to locate the fugitives and free his officer.
Double Copter: A 'lifer' from the State Penitentiary is freed by friends. The get away vehicle is in a stolen helicopter. Mathews gives chase in his own helicopter, and clashes with the fugitives in mid-air.
Dan Sick: Dan Mathews arrives at his office in great pain. The Highway Patrol doctor first suspects food poisoning, then says Dan is suffering from an unkown illness.
Reward: An armed murderer conceals himself in a farmer's barn. The farmer enlists his neighbors in an attempt to capture the criminal without Highway Patrol help.
Frightened Witness: Joe Norton holds up a roadside cafe and kills the owner. In a moment of weakness, he allows two witnesses - newlyweds - to escape with their lives. The witnesses aid the Highway Patrol to capture the bandit before he kills again.
Hostage: A convicted murderer, wounded in the leg, escapes from the police and takes shelter in a stationery store run by two women. Mathews tracks the killer to his hideout and takes a million-to-one chance to rescue his hostages.
Family Affair: Myra Davis engineers a brilliant scheme for her hubsband's escape from the penitentiary. Leaving her husband hidden in a culvert, Myra cooly returns to her home to 'head off' the Highway Patrol.
Transmitter Danger: Two men steal a supply of TNT to blow a safe. Only Dan Mathews knows that TNT is set to be exploded by a radio signal. A transmitter turned on within a two mile radius of the explosive can blow the thieves sky-high.
Gambling Story: A professional gambler decides to eliminate his competitor's illegal gambling room by staging a murder in his rival's place 'business'. Dan Mathews solves the murder and prevents another crime with only seconds to spare.
Train Copter: Charlie Holman and Vince Crater rob a bank of $35,000 in new bills. Unknown to Vince, Charlie ships the loot as baggage to another town. Enraged, Vince kills his partner and holds up the baggage train to regain the spoils.
Portrait of Death: The body of an artist who disappeared mysteriously a number of years ago is found murdered near a mountain resort. Chief Mathews exposes the killer's strange motive.
Train Robbery: Two gunmen take over an isolated railroad station, planning to kill the crew of an oncoming train and escape with a fortune in cash. Chief Mathews discovers the plot and races against time to save the lives of everyone on the train.
Deadly Diamonds: Pete Madison steals the itineraries of three traveling jewelry salesman, and alerts his confederates to rob them. Chief Mathews uses his knowledge of criminal methods to deduce when and where the thieves will strike.
Blood Money: When racketeers murder his brother Joe, Mike Richards hunts the killers without the help of the Highway Patrol. Chief Mathews springs to action to save the foolhardy 'amateur detective'.
False Confession: Jim Rogers sees two men rob a warehouse and kill the watchman. He confesses the crime as his own, so his needy family can claim the reward. When he learns the reward isn't payable until after conviction, Jim escapes and flees.
Split Robbery: Armed robbers hold the wife of a supermarket manager hostage until her husband turns over the receipts of his store. Chief Mathews knowledge of criminal operations shows him where the thieves will strike next.
The Trap: Sentenced convict Ted Wilson is being taken to the state prison by Chief Mathews and the Highway Patrol. Members of Wilson's gang lay an ambush along the route.
Reformed Criminal: Frank Wood, a Farmer's Cooperative, is reported missing while trans-porting a large sum of the firm's money. Dan Mathews discovers Wood to have a criminal record. Road blocks are set up on the natural assumption that Wood is still a thief. Actually Wood succeeded in rehabilitating himself. He is overdue because of a tire-blowout and crash. Frank's efforts to prove his innocence are blocked by Mathew's persistent search for what appears to be a dangerous criminal. At the last moment, Mathews takes a heavy personal and professional risk to allow Wood to prove his rehabilitation.
Breath of a Child: A sailor is exposed to deadly-contagious spinal meningitis when he saves an infant's life. He then elopes with his girl, not knowing he's a carrier of the deadly disease.
Confidence Game: Con man Paul Gayle swindles kindly Gus Fields out of his hard earned savings. Gus dies of a heart attack. Chief Mathews puts his force in motion to capture Gayle.
Expose: Newspaperman Merrill Hartman writes incriminating articles against a protection racket whose victims are afraid to give evidence to the police. To dispose of this threat to their operation, racketeers bait a trap for Hartman.
Narcotics Racket: By posing as a Federal Narcotics Officer and a dope peddler, two swindlers dupe their victims into believing close relatives are members of a dope ring.
Copter Cave In: A gunman fleeing from prison forces a prospector to hide him in an aboandoned gold mine. When the mine collapses, a heavy rock pins the prospector down.
Gem Robbery: An employee of a diamond importing firm receives a consignment of the precious gems. Gangsters kidnap her. Her disappearance with the diamonds casts police suspicion on her.
Mexican Chase: Joining forces, the California and Mexican Highway Patrols hunt a car-theft ring operating across the border. The slick-working thieves elude the law by altering the cars before selling them.