Highway Dragnet

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Highway Dragnet
Highway Dragnet 1954.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nathan Juran
Produced by William F. Broidy (executive producer)
Jack Jungmeyer
Screenplay by Herb Meadow
Jerome Odlum
Additional dialogue:
Fred Eggers
Tom Hubbard
Story by U.S. Anderson
Roger Corman
Starring Richard Conte
Joan Bennett
Wanda Hendrix
Cinematography John J. Martin
Edited by Ace Herman
William F. Broidy Productions
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 1954 (1954-01-27) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Highway Dragnet is a 1954 film noir crime film directed by Nathan Juran starring Richard Conte, Joan Bennett and Wanda Hendrix.[1]


A former Korean War-era Marine hitches a ride with a female fashion photographer and her young assistant to escape from the Las Vegas police on a murder charge.



Roger Corman sold his first screen story called The House by the Sea to Allied Artists for $3,000. Allied Artists changed the title to the more commercial exploitation Highway Dragnet after the success of the television series Dragnet.[2] Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella Valley, California.[3]


The New York Times called the film a "second rate "whodunnit".[4]


  1. ^ Highway Dragnet at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ p. 23 Ray, Fred Olen The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors McFarland.
  3. ^ Palm Springs Visitors Center. "Coachella Valley Feature Film Production 1920–2011". Filming in Palm Springs. Palm Springs, CA. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved : August 10, 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Palace Shows 'Highway Dragnet' O. A. G.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 20 Feb 1954: 8.

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