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Diagnosis: Danger 

An apparent hit-and-run turns out to be so much more. It leads to an anthrax scare that spreads through Los Angeles, but the perpetrator is elusive.


Sydney Pollack


Roland Kibbee


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Michael Parks ... Dr. Daniel Dana
Charles McGraw ... Dr. Simon P. Oliver
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Deputy Sheriff Judd
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Dr. Paul Mackey
Allen Joseph ... Dr. Norman Abrams
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Miss Nelson
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Huntziger
Helen Westcott ... Mrs. Fletcher (as Hellena Westcott)
Marc Cavell ... Alf Colton
Gus Trikonis ... Gordie Sykes
Marc Rambeau Marc Rambeau ... Douglas Lynch
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Dr. Miller
Al Ruscio ... Dr. Taylor
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Dominic Chitava


An apparent hit-and-run turns out to be so much more. It leads to an anthrax scare that spreads through Los Angeles, but the perpetrator is elusive.

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Release Date:

1 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Dr. Dan Dana: How do you find something when you don't even know what it is you're looking for?
Dr. Oliver: Pasteur did.
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More Like Young Doctor Kildare than Hitchcock
30 June 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Odd material for Hitch that doesn't generate his kind of engagement. Instead of usual Hitch fare, the premise works more like one of those doctor shows so popular at the time. The story itself revolves around LA Public Health doctors trying to stop an anthrax epidemic from spreading. The best part is the first scene where inexplicably a guy rolls out of a truck bed onto a freeway. It's a good hook as we wonder what the heck is going on. Too bad the remainder doesn't live up to this early grabber.

A very young (22) Michael Parks makes an okay assertive young doctor while veteran Charles McGraw acts as his crusty older mentor. (Move over young Doctor Kildare). There are a few subplots as the authorities track down the infected. However, I take the juvenile delinquents segment as an effort at adding some action to an otherwise procedural narrative. Then too, the surfside climax adds some scenery, but please tell me why the cop car arrives siren blaring when that only alerts the gun-toting culprits. In my little book, the episode is for Dr. Kildare and Michael Parks fans, even though Parks is a still a long way from his iconic motorcycle rebel (Then Came Bronson, {1969-70}).

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