The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 1, Episode 22

Diagnosis: Danger (1 Mar. 1963)

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An apparent hit-and-run turns out to be so much more. It leads to an anthrax scare that spreads through Los Angeles, but the perpetrator is elusive.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Dr. Daniel Dana
Dr. Simon P. Oliver
Berkeley Harris ...
Deputy Sheriff Judd
Rupert Crosse ...
Dr. Paul Mackey
Allen Joseph ...
Dr. Norman Abrams
Dee J. Thompson ...
Miss Nelson
Douglas Henderson ...
Helen Westcott ...
Mrs. Fletcher (as Hellena Westcott)
Marc Cavell ...
Alf Colton
Gordie Sykes
Marc Rambeau ...
Douglas Lynch
Clarke Gordon ...
Dr. Miller
Dr. Taylor
Mrs. Dominic Chitava


An apparent hit-and-run turns out to be so much more. It leads to an anthrax scare that spreads through Los Angeles, but the perpetrator is elusive.

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More Like Young Doctor Kildare than Hitchcock
30 June 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Odd material for Hitch that doesn't generate his kind of engagement. Instead of usual Hitch fare, the premise works more like one of those doctor shows so popular at the time. The story itself revolves around LA Public Health doctors trying to stop an anthrax epidemic from spreading. The best part is the first scene where inexplicably a guy rolls out of a truck bed onto a freeway. It's a good hook as we wonder what the heck is going on. Too bad the remainder doesn't live up to this early grabber.

A very young (22) Michael Parks makes an okay assertive young doctor while veteran Charles McGraw acts as his crusty older mentor. (Move over young Doctor Kildare). There are a few subplots as the authorities track down the infected. However, I take the juvenile delinquents segment as an effort at adding some action to an otherwise procedural narrative. Then too, the surfside climax adds some scenery, but please tell me why the cop car arrives siren blaring when that only alerts the gun-toting culprits. In my little book, the episode is for Dr. Kildare and Michael Parks fans, even though Parks is a still a long way from his iconic motorcycle rebel (Then Came Bronson, {1969-70}).

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