Widow Alice Marshall and her little girl Kathy are traveling on an extended vacation in their station wagon. Kathy is bitten on the cheek by a puppy at a gas station and the bite goes unreported until the dog shows symptoms of rabies four days later. Because of the proximity of the wound to the little girl's brain, Dr. Elliott of the health department advises Dan Mathews that it is critical that they locate Kathy immediately in order to begin emergency life-saving inoculations. Their task takes on increasing difficulty and urgency because of the ever-changing nature of Alice and Kathy's trip and the rural character of the area, which provides few indications as to their destination or whereabouts. Finally, a tip from a snack stand operator leads them to a remote fishing camp where Alice Marshall had enjoyed a final vacation with her late husband. Written by
This was the last "Highway Patrol" episode for which Vernon E. Clark served as the Executive in Charge of Production. The production of the remaining 78 episodes would be overseen and occasionally directed by Jack Herzberg. In a 1994 interview, Frank Runyon (who served as the show's technical adviser on behalf of the California Highway Patrol) stated that he had been told that the change was made inasmuch as Jack Herzberg seemed better able to cope with the occasional challenges inherent in working on a daily basis with series star Broderick Crawford. See more »
When Matthews meets up on the road, as he drives away and backs up, you can see many shadows of the camera and people moving around. See more »
The function of law enforcement agencies is not limited to the apprehension and conviction of criminals. An equally, and often more important function is the protection of life and property in any emergency. In this case, the emergency began with an incident - an incident apparently so slight that it passed almost unnoticed at the time.
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I watch a lot of MeTV and other nostalgia channels. Of the series from the 50s, Highway Patrol might be my favorite. "Rabies" is actually pretty realistic, probably because it does not involve bad guys who can't shoot, and who seem reluctant to put much effort into outdriving Broderick Crawford in a car chase. In "Rabies" a little girl is bitten by what turned out to be a rabid dog, and the search is on to find her, and inoculate her before it's too late. The trick is to find her as she is on a driving vacation with her mother.
As a silly point of interest and amusement, I count how many times car doors are closed in Highway Patrol episodes. One episode had 51 door closings. It's the kind of thing you notice when your life consists of watching Highway Patrol episodes, not to mention writing never-to-be- read critiques about them on the internet.
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