A scientist is faced with a difficult decision. A man devoted to saving lives, he may be forced to kill in order to prevent a state-wide livestock epidemic.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. John Mohler
Ed Rawlings
Dr. Archie McCawlly / Narrator
Emlen Davies ...
Mrs. Rawlings
Farmer Clark
Farmer Everett
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Mohler
Dave O'Bryan
Farmer Novak
Congressman (as Wilfred Knapp)


Internationally known scientist, Dr. John R. Mohler, devoted his life to development of the livestock industry as head of the Agriculture Department's Bureau of Animal Industries. To avoid a statewide epidemic of "hoof and mouth" disease in California, he was forced to advocate the destruction of over 100-thousand head of cattle. When the campaign ended, and the possible epidemic seemed thwarted, another outbreak occurs from a different source. This time, a whole new part of the population resists until it realizes the impact the disease poses to the State's economy. Written by D.K. Sullivan

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Release Date:

7 March 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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John Robbins Mohler was a Department of Agriculture administrator as well as a veterinarian and pathologist. As well as his work against "hoof and mouth" disease, he was instrumental in establishing the tight inspection of meat thoughout the country. His later development of a hog cholera serum aided in the growth of the hog industry. See more »

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Casting Lew Ayres as a Doctor
9 January 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Lew Ayres spent his middle years, seemingly always cast as a doctor, from the Doctor Kildare series, to JOHNNY BELINDA and so forth. Here, he's a veterinarian in charge of controlling a hoof and mouth outbreak by killing the animals.

Here he performs under the direction of William Dieterle, who directs the show with that slightly heavy-handed indulgence that characterized his works. The show comes alive when Ayres is in a scene with Wallace Ford, who is playing an old coot who opposes Ayres' measures at gunpoint. The net effect is more earnest that entertaining, but definitely worthwhile.

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