Highway Patrol (1955–1959)
1 user

Breath of a Child 

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


Henry S. Kesler


Robert J. Shaw


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Brett Halsey ... Jim Newman
Anne Anderson Anne Anderson ... Betty Jane Martin
Oliver Cliff ... Dr. Ronald Kincaid
Nancy Millard Nancy Millard ... Mrs. Hoffman
Phil Clark 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Crime | Drama


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 »


At no point did Jim, the sailor, tell anyone that he had performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the baby. However, the doctor tells Matthews, "Mrs Hoffman just told me. The child was choking, and a young sailor got it to breathing again. To do it, he breathed in the baby's mouth." See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Across the nation, men of the Highway Patrol remain constantly alert to crime, danger, and violence. They know that even in a lonely, isolated service station, tragedy can strike hard and fast. To a sailor and his girl, there was no sign here of impending disaster - nothing to warn them that in a matter of moments, they would be trapped in a nightmare.
See more »

User Reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

29 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed