Classic TV: Highway Patrol

Broderick Crawford as seen on Highway Patrol.

 

Highway Patrol was a syndicated television program produced by Ziv TV. It starred Broderick Crawford as Dan Matthews the commander of a highway patrol unit in an unidentified state.

I can still remember Matthews saying 10-4 into his radio-telephone. One show I have in a collection of classic television videos shows a criminal takings a school bus driver and some kids as hostages.

The excitement builds as the story culminates in an exciting conclusion. I haven’t seen the show on any channel for many years.

Crawford was perfect in the role of Matthews since he looked the part of a gruff  plainclothes policeman who was all business and totally focused on his job of getting criminals off the streets and highways.

The show debuted on October 3, 1955 and the last episode was shown on September 1, 1959. 156 shows were shown during its four-year run on television. Back in those days 39 shows were produced for a years run on television but nowadays 24 or fewer new shows are made of a series

Highway Patrol may not compare well with the police shows of today but for me it was the kind of  show that I always looked forward to the next episode as soon as that night’s episode had ended.

Crawford may have been better known for his role as Willie Stark in All The King’s Men which was released in 1949. However I remember him better for Highway Patrol since I watched this show regularly week after week.

This is the opening of Highway Patrol which will bring back memories to those that watched it till it went off the air 50 years ago.

Broderick Crawford was born December 9, 1911 and died April 26, 1986 at the age of 74.

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