In "Death on Highway 99," George Murphy stars as a man who tries to escape a bad marriage.
As the episode opens, Morton Blake is writing a letter to Julie, the girl in high school that he loved. She never knew how he felt, but that is why he is writing to her. He wants to admit to her that he was a coward not to let her know how he felt back then...and how his missed opportunity with her led him to make a mess of his life.
After Julie married someone else, Morton married Pauline to show himself he could move on and forget. Five years later the unhappiness is impossible to ignore.
Late one night, while driving home from work, Morton asks Pauline for a divorce, but she is too spiteful to let him go. As they argue, Morton accidentally hits a man on the street. At 2 a.m., the only witness around who saw him do it was...Pauline. She quickly realizes that he can use this situation to control her husband and prevent him from getting a divorce.
Will Mort go along with Pauline's demands?
"Death on Highway 99" was written by Robert M. Light and Larry Marcus. William Spier produced and directed. George Murphy was the president of the Screen Actors Guild when he appeared in this episode. (He later became a one-term U.S. Senator from California in 1965.) Also appearing were Cathy Lewis, Joseph Kearns, and William Johnstone. This episode aired on October 4, 1945.
(Image of George Murphy)