Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
Dan Mathews arrives at work feeling sick and weak from apparent food poisoning, and there is concern that a panic may break out if the mysterious cause of his illness is not found quickly.


Barry Sullivan


Marnie Sloan


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
George Eldredge ... Dr. Holmes
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Tommy Norton
Marx Hartman Marx Hartman ... Charlie Norton
James Winslow James Winslow ... Mick - Diner Owner
John Marshall John Marshall ... Carson - Lab Analyst
William Boyett ... Officer Williams
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


After a friendly call to Norton's Orchard, Dan arrives at work visibly weakened and obviously ill. Dr. Holmes and Officer Williams ask about his recent meals, since the cause is initially believed to be food poisoning. There is concern that disclosure of a case of food poisoning could lead to a panic. However, the doctor and his lab assistant subsequently determine the cause to be exposure to toxicity from organic phosphate. Since that substance is found in insecticides, Dan and the doctor decide to revisit Norton's Orchard to determine whether anyone there has contracted the mysterious condition. They find that young Tommy Norton has fallen gravely ill from the condition and link the cause to the boy's use of an organic phosphate paste, which he mistakenly believed to be whitewash. Written by Sam Spear

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Release Date:

23 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Narrator: One of the major duties of law enforcement agencies such as the Highway Patrol is the prevention of any sort of panic which might jeopardize the safety of public citizens. While making a friendly call last year in May, the head of the Highway Patrol unexpectedly and unknowingly encountered a new type of killer - one just as deadly dangerous as any gun-toting criminal.
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