Highway Patrol: Gambling Story TV Show
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  • Beal is happy to go along, but once inside, he decides he wants more of the action

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      Highway Patrol: Gambling Story from November 1958 was a season four entry of this police story that stars Broderick Crawford as Chief Dan Mathews, the head of the highway patrol. This show is one that deals with a racketeer’s desire to take over a small gambling house in a tiny town. It all leads to murder, of course.

      Mark Tapscott is the primary guest star, portraying Jim Garrett. He gets


      a man named Nolan Beal to make a bet for him at the local gambling house that he wants to take over. Beal is happy to go along, but once inside, he decides he wants more of the action.

      Ultimately, Beal is murdered after convincing a friend of his named Gil to come to the secret gambling place and take secretly part of the winnings.

      This leads to more drama, but what ...


      • is good is that Gil ends up acting like an open target, allowing the patrol to capture the bad guys. He really wasn’t interested in the bad gambling money.

        While there was some uniqueness to the way this plot developed, overall there was nothing really special. In fact, most of the episode actually felt very slow, which is unusual for me. This show normally speeds by, so something was

        off here.

        I’m not really sure what was so wrong with it. Maybe it’s the gambling angle since I’m a bit bored with those themes, but something didn’t buzz for me. It was an okay half hour, but I wouldn’t seek it out and would probably change the channel if it came on again.

        The guest cast wasn’t bad, either, especially Jack Ging as Eddie Peterson. He’s a strong character actor.




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