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Bird in the Hand 

Gangster Arnie Kurtz is moving into Chicago's South Side and Eliot Ness very much wants to nab him, putting a 24 hour watch and tapping his phones. The operation is put in danger however ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)

Writers:

Oscar Fraley (book), Harry Kronman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Eliot Ness
Dane Clark ... Dr. Victor Garr
John Gabriel ... Dr. Dan Gifford
Herschel Bernardi ... Benno Fisk
Carroll O'Connor ... Arnie Kurtz
Nan Martin ... Stella Kurtz
Paul Picerni ... Lee Hobson
Nicholas Georgiade ... Enrico Rossi
Theodore Marcuse ... The Man
Bing Russell ... Officer Cavanaugh
John McLiam ... Trucker
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Clarinet Player (as Elisha Cook)
Hugh Sanders ... Dr. Hasker
John Holland ... Hospital Patient
Steve London ... Jack Rossman
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Gangster Arnie Kurtz is moving into Chicago's South Side and Eliot Ness very much wants to nab him, putting a 24 hour watch and tapping his phones. The operation is put in danger however when Kurtz inadvertently becomes part of a public health emergency. Against his better judgment - but at his wife's insistence - he agrees to let her brother Benno Fisk deliver $100,000 to a New York mobster. Unknown to anyone, Benno has contracted Parrot Fever from a recently acquired pet and collapses soon after his arrival. Federal health official frantically try to trace the source of the infectious disease. For Arnie Kurtz it may mean trouble as he and his wife have been caring for Benno's pets while he is away. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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I've heard of Boogie Fever and the Rockin' Pneumonia, but here is actually something called 'Parrot Fever'?!?!
23 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd episode. Benno Fisk (Hershell Bernardi) is carrying money for his gangster brother-in-law, Arnie Kurtz (Carroll O'Connor)...against Arnie's better judgment. Well, it turns out Benno isn't up to the task...though I wouldn't exactly blame him. While aboard a train bound for New York, he contracts Parrot Fever (there is such a thing*?!) and becomes goofy with high fever. Dr. Garr (Dane Clark) is a government official who is trying to locate Benno and anyone else with the infection and stop them from spreading it to others. And, with Benno THIS sick...what about the bag of money he's carrying?! I'm sure Arnie would like to know!

Much of the episode actually is told in parallel--with Ness and his men looking for Arnie and a Health Department worker trying to find him as well since the Parrot Fever might have come from his wife's birds. It's a very unusual sort of premise but interesting. It's also a bit sad towards the end, as the viewer doesn't dislike Benno... Well worth your time.

*I can only assume that this is similar or the same as the Bird Flu we've been hearing about on the news. Reports from Asia have been a bit alarming over the last few years...and maybe it's not so new after all.


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