Highway Patrol: Season 4, Episode 16

Breath of a Child (29 Dec. 1958)

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Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams race to find a sailor who was exposed to spinal meningitis while saving the life of an infant.



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Episode cast overview:
William Boyett ...
Anne Anderson ...
Betty Jane Martin
Oliver Cliff ...
Dr. Ronald Kincaid
Nancy Millard ...
Mrs. Hoffman
Phil Clark ...
Homer Martin
Olan Soule ...
Justice John Lincoln
Harry Strang ...
Mr. Grundy
Art Gilmore ...
Narrator (voice)


While eloping, Seaman First Class Jim Newman and Betty Jane Martin stop at Hoffman's Service Station and find an emergency involving a choking infant. Jim revives the baby and the two drive off without giving their names. Moments later, Dr. Kincaid arrives with Dan Mathews and determines that the baby has a dangerous and highly contagious form of spinal meningitis. He advises that Jim and Betty Jane must be found and inoculated within hours to prevent their own possible deaths and a likely epidemic. Without names, Dan and Sergeant Williams face long odds, but they are helped by a local store owner and the justice of the peace that married the couple. When the two are finally located, they decide to avoid confrontation with Homer Martin (Betty Jane's father) and flee. Dan is forced to chase them down at high speed on treacherous dirt roads. Written by Sam Spear

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29 December 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brett Halsey, who marries Anne Anderson in the show would make 4 trips down the aisle in real life. He married Renate Hoy in 1954 (they divorced in January 1959 a month after the air date), then Luciana Paluzzi in 1960 (they divorced in 1962), then Heidi Brühl in 1964 (they divorced in 1976) and finally Victoria Korda (unknown date). See more »


Neither Matthews nor the doctor tells the sailor why he needs the shot or anything about the baby. See more »


Chief Dan Mathews: Now, let me have that again, Doc.
Dr. Ronald Kincaid: Mrs. Hoffman just told me. The child was choking, and a sailor got him to breathing again. To do it, he breathed in the baby's mouth.
Chief Dan Mathews: Well - go on, go on, go on!
Dr. Ronald Kincaid: I'm almost sure the child has epidemic meningitis! It's highly contagious. I've just inoculated Mrs. Hoffman
Chief Dan Mathews: You say the sailor breathed in the kid's mouth. Where's the sailor now?
Dr. Ronald Kincaid: Mrs. Hoffman doesn't know. She doesn't even know his name.
Chief Dan Mathews: C'mon, Doc - tick it off for me fast!
Dr. Ronald Kincaid: Well, the sailor drove up...
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