Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 03, 1955
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network
Genre

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Highway Patrol

Highway Patrol screams onto the scene with fast cars and the catch phrase "10-4". Each week, Chief Dan Matthews (Broderick Crawford) leads his troops into another roadway adventure. Matthews is a tough, no-nonsense Chief of the Highway Patrol.

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Last Episode

01x01 Prison Break / Road Block Aired: Oct. 03, 1955

Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol swing into action when a convict escapes from prison and begins committing one ruthless action after another …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 4 seasons and 156 episodes air between 1955 and 1959.

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Series Fun Facts

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  • While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this…
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    While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this was disproved. In "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Stolen Car Ring (#2.12)}, Matthews says he is from California and just passing through. In "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Hitchhiker (#4.27)}, the robber from New York that had left a 1,400 mile long trail of robberies tells his wife it is a long way to California. Since it was shown in "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Mexican Chase (#4.20)} and "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Illegal Entry (#4.28)} that the state bordered Mexico, this leaves as the only possibilities Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. These states can likewise be eliminated. New Mexico uses a state police agency, not a highway patrol. Arizona can be eliminated due to their highway patrol cars of that era being all-white. Texas can be eliminated due to highway patrol officers there not wearing the type of hats shown.
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  • Dan Mathews also used the expression, "21-50, bye," at end of transmissions on the radio. Also, he often had to turn his car around in a rapid u-turn to proceed to the scene of the incident.…
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    Dan Mathews also used the expression, "21-50, bye," at end of transmissions on the radio. Also, he often had to turn his car around in a rapid u-turn to proceed to the scene of the incident. Last, his son had the original patrol car a few years back, and maybe still has it.
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  • The series' opening credits originally expressed appreciation to Bernard R. Caldwell (the head of the California Highway Patrol during the mid-1950s) for technical advice and assistance, much…
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    The series' opening credits originally expressed appreciation to Bernard R. Caldwell (the head of the California Highway Patrol during the mid-1950s) for technical advice and assistance, much of which was provided on-site by CHP Officer Frank Runyon. After the initial seasons, Mr. Runyon continued to serve as a technical advisor but the CHP reduced its official support for the program. The opening expression of gratitude thus became more "generic". It read: "This program is dedicated to the Highway Patrols throughout the nation and their contribution to the safeguarding of public welfare. We are deeply grateful for the technical advice and assistance which made the authentic production of this program possible."
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