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Highway Patrol (1955-59), starring Broderick Crawford.
"Eventually weighing in at 155 episodes, Ziv’s Highway Patrol began as a virtual throwaway, slapped together in a dark corner of Eagle-Lion studios…
"Every expense was spared in keeping Highway Patrol fast and cheap… the series’ pinchpenny budget was typified by an early episode in which a three-minute robbery/murder/escape sequence was filmed in one single, static take…
"Yet somehow, Highway Patrol took off… [and] turned out to be the biggest moneymaker Ziv ever had.”
— from Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987 by Hal Erickson (1989).
If you’d like to see what the fuss was all about, the first season of Highway Patrol is available for viewing on Hulu.

Highway Patrol (1955-59), starring Broderick Crawford.

"Eventually weighing in at 155 episodes, Ziv’s Highway Patrol began as a virtual throwaway, slapped together in a dark corner of Eagle-Lion studios…

"Every expense was spared in keeping Highway Patrol fast and cheap… the series’ pinchpenny budget was typified by an early episode in which a three-minute robbery/murder/escape sequence was filmed in one single, static take…

"Yet somehow, Highway Patrol took off… [and] turned out to be the biggest moneymaker Ziv ever had.”

— from Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987 by Hal Erickson (1989).

If you’d like to see what the fuss was all about, the first season of Highway Patrol is available for viewing on Hulu.

(Source: facebook.com)

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