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.
Did You Know?
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
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.
29 December 1958 (USA)
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