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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ambitious but plays like a pilot to another series
14 September 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Parks and McGraw make a good sparing team of energetic youth and crusty professional but in a way so typical of television, then and now. There is a lot of scope to this episode, location work on LA roads, beaches and a large cast. It's mostly impressively shot by Lionel Lindon but several exteriors have distracting camera shadows clearly in view. Pollack, as director, keeps things moving--of not escalating-- and has a few nicely blocked and framed shots but the script just isn't great and it all winds up as things usually would on television. The focus on the bongo drum as plague carrying device is kind of novel but also gets pretty silly. The music score, by Murray, also frequently features the bongo, sort of hinting at danger--which is a nice try but also, especially now, kind of silly in a dated way.

Production details of the sets are feature worthy and how they did all this in 4 days is impressive, but more so than the story itself which is still being done from time to time. I usually like these kind of Plague spreading stories but can't say this was the best, or the worst of the genre. There is one nice subplot involving a woman--don't want to spoil it.

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