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The Right Kind of Medicine 

A wounded killer of a policeman rushes to get his prescription of painkiller filled, and a big mistake is made.


Alan Crosland Jr.


Henry Slesar (teleplay by), Henry Slesar (from his story)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Robert Redford ... Charlie Marx
Russell Collins ... Mr. Fletcher
Joby Baker ... Vernon
Bernard Kates Bernard Kates ... The Witness / George Lassiter
King Calder ... The Police Lt.
Robert Karnes ... The Sergeant (as Bob Karnes)
Bert Remsen ... The Officer
Gage Clarke ... Dr. Vogel
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Mr. Grissom


Charlie Marx shoots a police officer while fleeing from a robbery and is himself shot in the ankle. There is a witness to the shooting and police will spare no effort to track down a cop killer. Marx gets medical attention from a doctor and fills a prescription at his local drugstore for painkillers but not without harassing the the harried druggist. It turns out that Marx should have let the pharmacist take his time. Written by garykmcd

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19 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The closing credits misidentify Robert Redford's character as "Charlie Pugh". See more »

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Robert Redford as a vicious killer
27 October 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Right Kind of Medicine" is classic Hitchcock, starring 24 year old Robert Redford as convicted robber Charlie Pugh, escaping with a suitcase full of cash stolen from a jewelry store safe, managing to gun down the cop in pursuit, who succeeds in wounding his killer in the leg. Charlie seeks out a shady physician, Dr. Emmet Vogel (Gage Clarke), who reports how the bullet passed clean through, and offers a pain killer prescription which the desperate killer must fill while trying to avoid detection in a busy pharmacy. Gage Clarke manages to steal his scenes, but Redford is quite convincing as a vicious killer, in his second year on television, going on to do 3 hour long Hitchcocks over the next two years.

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