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Killer by Night (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  7 January 1972 (USA)
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A doctor trying to fight a diphtheria epidemic comes into conflict with a police captain who is using all his resources to track down a cop-killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Larry Ross
Tracey Morrow
Capt. George Benson
Sgt. Phl 'Sharkey' Gold
Warren Claman
Sister Sarah
Dr. Carlos Madera
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Bradville
Kelly Thordsen ...
Sam Kenyon
Ivor Francis ...
Prof. Langley
John Crawford ...
Bryan O'Byrne ...
Hotel clerk
William Bryant ...
Frank Roland (as Bill Bryant)
Jason Wingreen ...
Dr. Jacobs


When a woman is brought to a hospital, the doctor who sees her, believes she has diphtheria so he calls Dr. Ross, the hospital's virologist. Ross wants to wait till they can confirm it. Ross tries to reconstruct her life to find out how she came into contact with it. He tries to get help from the police but the captain is more concerned with locating a man who killed a couple cops. When more people who are infected come in, Ross tries to find the source and when he uses what clout he has to get the captain to cooperate, he gives one of his detectives to help him. Written by

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Drama | Thriller


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7 January 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The City by Night  »

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I wouldn't say that it was boring, but I have seen this kind of topic a hundred times in some 70's and 80's TV episodes. A cop killer on the loose in LA while a doctor investigates on a diphtheria epidemic. Two affairs in parallel, with nothing in common. Apparently.

Robert Wagner plays the doctor - Ross!!, long before George's Clooney's character - and Greg Morris the captain of police one. That's the

first time that I see Greg Morris- the famous Mission Impossible's Barney - in a movie, even a TV one.

So, the doctor asks for help to the police force in order to locate the beginning of the disease in the city, and all people who were in contact with the DOA woman in the hospital, at the beginning of this story. The police who is very busy with its cop killer investigation.


It appears that the killer track crosses the diphtheria deceased one.

What else could we wait for in this kind of tale?

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