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
Magazine Writer: Dan Mathews discovers one corpse that's the key to two felonies.
Typhoid Carrier: Dan Mathews swings into action to prevent a grief-crazed father from a revenge killing.
Dan Hostage: Ed Legett, a nervous amateur gunman, bungles a restaurant holdup and wounds the proprietor. When Dan Mathews chances upon the scene, Legett panics and takes the proprietor's wife as a hostage.
Woman Escapees: Lita Morgan and Caroline Craig, serving life sentences for murder, escape from prison. On the state highway, they stop and kill the driver of a car.
Auto Press: A husband-wife holdup team bungles a filling station job, killing the owner. Hemmed in by Highway Patrol roadblocks, they rush to hide their car which, if spotted, will identify them.
Express Delivery: Two thieves attempt to rob the courier of a gem corporation, believing he is carrying $200,000 in jewels. When they learn the jewels are due to arrive at the airport later that day, one of the thieves plans to pose as the courier.
Desperate Men: Two criminals flee the scene of a robbery and murder, and take refuge in a hospital's boiler room. Cornered by the Highway Patrol, the crooks offer a grisly bargain for their freedom.
Confession: Three gangsters gun down a fourth crook who ran out with the proceeds of a bank robbery. Knowing the gunplay failed to turn up the loot, Highway Patrol Chief Mathews sets up a stakeout at the dead man's house.
Detour to Death: Two men and a girl use a fake detour sign to misdirect motorists to a lonely road. In a false squad car and clad in makeshift police uniforms, the trio halts the unsuspecting drivers and robs them.
Fire: Fire-bug Jod Patterson sets fire to a warehouse, bringing the Highway Patrol in pursuit. An unwitting farmer hires Patterson as laborer.
Bank Messenger: Sue and Red Hammond pull two robberies in one day, both by the same method. The female half of the holdup pair lures bank messengers to a prearranged spot where Red shoots them and grabs the money.
Armored Car: Dan Mathews races against the clock to find a missing armored truck and rescue its endangered guard.
Migrant Workers: Dan Mathews hunts a low form of killer who preys on the poor.
Amnesia: Dan Mathews finds an injured woman victim of amnesia on a lonely mountain road.
Statute Of Limitations: Dan Mathews races the clock to beat the Statute of Limitations...and if he fails, three bank robbers will go scott free.
Female Hitchhiker: Dan Mathews tracks a trio of highway killers into the mountains and walks into a trap.
Suspected Cop: Dan Mathews defends one of his Patrolmem against the charge of theft.. but he has to race against time to prove the officer's innocent before the story breaks the papers.
Nitro: Dan Mathews plays an explosive game when he pursues a counterfeiting gang and winds up with a murderer. The gang has just cached their plates in a role of nitroglycerin, when a gun-crazy hoodlum attacks them. He escapes with the plates still wrapped in an explosive. On the trail of the counterfitters, Dan Mathews traces a slim clue their hide out.
Officer’s Wife: A Highway Patrolman's wife, constantly fearful for his safety, begs him to leave the force! Dan Mathews, arranges a leave of absence for the Patrolman...even finds him another job. But it just doesn't work out! Finally, Dan asks the frightened wife.
Convict’s Wife: Prison break - and a fleeing convict is determined to destroy anyone in his path!
Reformation: Dan Mathews protects a thief from a brutal gunman.
Stolen Plane Copter: Prison break! Two convicts hijack a plane and soar over prison walls to freedom.
Wounded: An eight year-old boy helps Dan Mathews capture two armed criminals - with a slingshot!
Fake Cop: A young woman enters a store and stands by the window. Suddenly an armed bandit appears, snatches the register receipts and flees. The woman runs screaming into the street and returns with another man uniformed as an officer. 'The officer' pursues
Double Cross: Bonded messenger Henry Wigram conspires with John Grolier to fake a holdup. But Grolier kills Wigram and flees with a $20,000 payroll! When Highway Patrol finds Wigram's body, it's Dan's job to tell Wigram's wife the bad news.
Narcotics: Sid and Ginny Rawlins kill the elderly owner of a highway restaurant. Then, they use the restaurant as a front for their narcotics racket. Dan Mathews orders a stake-out around the restaurant.
Hired Killer: Dan Mathews races to save an innocent man from a stranger whose 'business' is murder.
Rabies (Xmas): Dan Mathews goes on a mission of mercy in a desperate attempt to save a little girl who has been bitten by a rabid dog.
Hypo Bandit: When Dan Mathews of the Highway Patrol learns that a vicious bandit is on the loose with a 'killer-drug', there's roaring excitement in store.
Efficiency Secretary: The unusual case of a cunning female thief - a woman who tricks 38 unsuspecting men and robs them of a fortune is this weeks topic. Only Dan Mathews can outwit her.
Temptation: Dan Mathews clears an innocent boy of a grand larceny charge at the risk of his own life.
Prisoner Exchange Copter: A small town sheriff captures racketeer Jack Avery. When the sheriff summons the Highway Patrol, Avery gets in touch with one of his henchmen, Rick Herron.
Safecracker: When a talented 'cracksman' (a master safecracker), runs afoul of the Highway Patrol, there's action-packed adventure in store.
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.
Mistaken Identity: Dan Mathews rigs an ingenious trap to snare a kidnapper - using a beautiful young girl as bait.
Hostage Family Copter: Dan Mathews finds a trigger happy madman holding a terrified family at gunpoint.
The Sniper: When a man-hunting gunman, secluded near the highway, takes pot-shots at cars and knocks off human beings like pigeons, Dan Mathews springs a 'man-hunt' of his own.
Hot Dust: When a young laboratory worker accidentally exposes himself to radioactive isotopes, he panics. Then his mind snaps and he flees out of town. News of the freak accident reaches the public. Hysteria mounts.
Witness Wife: Martin Jensen sees two men bury a body near his farm. Alarmed, he barely has seconds to phone the police before the two men burst into the farmhouse, brandishing revolvers.
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.