GenreCrime, Drama, Film-Noir Story byRoger Corman CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 7, 1954 (1954-02-07) (United States) WriterHerb Meadow (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (screenplay), Tom Hubbard (additional dialogue), Fred Eggers (additional dialogue), U.S. Anderson (story), Roger Corman (story) CastRichard Conte (James 'Jim' Henry), Joan Bennett (Mrs. Cummings), Wanda Hendrix (Susan Willis), Reed Hadley (Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle), Mary Beth Hughes (Terry Smith - Bar Girl), Iris Adrian (Dolly - Cafe Waitress) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Furious 7, Blackhat, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Mysterious Intruder
TaglineSHOCK AFTER SHOCK... in manhunt for Las Vegas thrill-killer!
Highway Dragnet is a 1954 film noir crime film directed by Nathan Juran starring Richard Conte, Joan Bennett and Wanda Hendrix.
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.
Richard Conte as James Henry
Joan Bennett as Mrs. Cummings
Wanda Hendrix as Susan Willis
Reed Hadley as Det. Lt. Joe White Eagle
Mary Beth Hughes as Terri Smith
Iris Adrian as Dolly
Harry Harvey as Mr. Carson
Tom Hubbard as Det. Sgt. Ben Barnett
Frank Jenks as Marine in Civvies
Murray Alper as Ice Cream Truck Driver
Zon Murray as Trooper in Cafe
House Peters Jr. as Steve
Joseph Crehan as Elderly Border Inspection Officer
Charles Anthony Hughes as Chubby Border Inspection Officer (as Tony Hughes)
Bill Hale as Harry
Fred Gabourie as Trooper Al
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. Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella Valley, California.
The New York Times called the film a "second rate "whodunnit".