Memory Lane: ‘Highway Patrol’

This show ran from 1955 through 1959, in glorious, grainy black and white–and I’m not sure why I liked it so much. I was only ten when it ended, six when it started. What does an 8-year-old kid get out of Broderick Crawford barking “10-4!” into his two-way radio?

Broderick Crawford, by the way, won an Oscar for his role in All the King’s Men. You don’t get Oscar-winners on a humble TV series anymore.

Each episode supposedly depicted a real crime and real police methods. I don’t know: maybe it was reassuring to know that Broderick Crawford was out there with an army of police connected and directed via the magic airwaves. The bad guys never got away.

That must be what I liked about it! As opposed to real life, where the bad guys always get away with it. That was before the police became Herod’s Men.

5 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Highway Patrol’

    1. Once upon a time there was a tavern
      Where we used to raise a glass or two
      Remember how we laughed away the hours
      Think of all the great things we would do

      Then they move the tavern to a cavern
      Stalactites and stalagmites all around.
      Pretty soon they lost all of their patrons
      But gained a massive bear with fur of brown.


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