Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
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Ranch Copter 

After an accidental shooting occurs on a ranch, the Highway Patrol helicopter is used to prevent a revenge killing by the supposed shooter's angry brother-in-law.


Jack Herzberg


William Driskill (screenplay) (as Bill Driskill), William George (screenplay) (as Bill George)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... George Wilson
Troy Melton ... Ted Johnson
Robert Cavendish Robert Cavendish ... Harry Johnson
Virginia Dale ... Iris Wilson
Howard Wright ... Physician
James Logan James Logan ... Farmer
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Officer Larrabee
Stephen Bradley Stephen Bradley ... Officer Arnold
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Ranchers Ted and Harry Johnson are openly disdainful of George Wilson, their sister Iris's new city-bred husband who lives on their ranch. George and Iris argue about the situation and Iris is critically shot and wounded when she foolishly tosses a loaded revolver in George's direction. George panics and flees, but quick-tempered Ted Johnson is determined to extract revenge for his sister's (presumed) death and goes after George with a rifle. Iris subsequently survives an emergency operation and weakly admits that the shooting was an accident. Given this information, Dan Mathews uses the Highway Patrol helicopter for an all-out effort to locate George Wilson and Ted Johnson in the rough terrain before a fatal tragedy occurs. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Vance Skarstedt is referred to as "Officer Dillon" in the narration and by other characters, but he refers to himself as "Officer Larrabee" in one scene. Skarstedt was a regular performer on this series and "Officer Larrabee" was the name of his character in the substantial majority of his appearances. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Many times the Highway Patrol is confronted with varied and complex situations. None becomes more entangled than the situation resulting from violent tempers. On July 11th, at the Johnson Bar D Ranch, an emotionally charged family conflict demanded the urgent attention of the Patrol.
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Good Outdoor Action
14 February 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good outdoor action as the chase proceeds across rugged hilly terrain, while in the air an HP helicopter maneuvers. Seems Wilson's wife is accidentally shot by her husband. Meanwhile her two brothers who dislike the husband chase after him thinking he shot their sister on purpose. Good thing one of the brothers calls the patrol before the chase ensues. Anyway, I hope actor Henderson as the husband got extra pay for all the clambering he has to do. On the downside, just how the doctor can perform a delicate heart operation in the wife's bedroom minus all the hospital equipment ordinarily needed amounts to a stretch. Nonetheless, it's an action filled entry with a good look at LA area's scrubby hillsides.

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Release Date:

21 January 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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