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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Dr. John Mohler
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Ed Rawlings
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Dr. Archie McCawlly / Narrator
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Mrs. Rawlings
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Farmer Clark
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Farmer Everett
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Mrs. Mohler
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Dave O'Bryan
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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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7 March 1956 (USA)  »

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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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