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  • At issue, and it seems odd for it to be a 1955 show, but it is, is a high priced computer that is held for ransom
  • What I enjoyed best in Machine-Napping is how the thieves eventually were caught, by Mathews cutting them off with a helicopter

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      Machine-Napping is the second episode of Highway Patrol, which starred Broderick Crawford as the commanding Chief Dan Mathews. There’s no doubt this man is the leader of the California Highway Patrol.

      At issue, and it seems odd for it to be a 1955 show, but it is, is a high priced computer


      that is held for ransom. I can imagine how this sounded back in the mid-fifties. This wasn’t a little thing, either. Back in that day, we’re talking a big truck being required to move the computer.

      What I enjoyed best in Machine-Napping is how the thieves eventually were caught, by ...


      • Mathews cutting them off with a helicopter. It was like machine deux, with both the computer and the helicopter playing a part. Helicopters weren’t used in this manner that much back then, so it was innovative to see one on this show. I was actually very surprised.

        Guy Kingsford and

        Sidney Clute plays the bad guys and were credible enough.

        At the end of the show, Crawford apparently always does a quick speech to the audience. I loved his message of the night: “It isn’t the car that kills; it’s the driver.” Good comment and a great lead in to the next show.




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