Time Travelers

Synopsis: In 1976, there's an outbreak of a disease that no one has seen before. All what they know is that resembles a disease that existed at around 1871 in Chicago, and that a Dr. Henderson was able to save most of his patients but the Chicago Fire destroyed his records. Dr. Earnshaw the doctor looking for a cure was approached by a man, Jeffrey Adams, who believes that he could help him. It seems that a Dr. Amos Cummings has perfected the art of time travel, and the plan is for Earnshaw and Adams to go back to 1871 and learn how Henderson cured his patients. But a glitch in the machine's computers sends them the day before the fire not four days as intended. And when they meet Henderson, he says he doesn't know how his patients survive. So they go throw his papers and analyze what he uses to treat them to find out.
78 min

[ Dixieland jazz]


[ March]

[Siren Wailing]

We drove in right behind you, got a

look at her when you were unloading.

What happened? -She

just fainted. That's all.

But when the parade ambulance came by,

I thought I ought to bring her here.

Excuse me, Doctor. My orders were to bring

you directly to Doctor Stafford's office.

All right, Sergeant. You brought

me here. I know where to find him.

The youngsters get so excited

marching in a Mardi Gras.

And of course they never eat

properly so far away from home.

What you think it is, the

flu? -Wait a minute. You said something.

"So far away from home." She's

from New Orleans, isn't she?

Well, I am, but Betty

here is from Oregon.

Our service club

has an honor band.

Two music honors students

from each state of the union.

From each state?

Why? What's wrong?

I'm Dr. Clinton Earnshaw

from the university.

I want you to run a blood

test on her immediately.

Don't be scared, Betty. They're

gonna take good care of you here.

I want you to put her in the X.

B. room. I want him in there too.

And don't forget, fumigate

her clothes. Thank you.

Is it? -Looks like you have

another one, Dr. Stafford.

That's 14 here at Bayou

and six more at St. Mary's.

How many are still alive? -The

last report I gave the governor...

said there was only

a 40% mortality rate.

"Only 40%."

I suppose you don't know how

many are still being diagnosed...

as scarlet fever, or snakebite

or sunstroke? -No way.

Let me tell you something, Doctor. lf l

were public health director of this state-

If you were public health director of this

state, I know, you'd quarantine the city...

and lock up a halfa million

visitors from all over the world.

Well, you can't let them scatter.

Not until we've found some way to

isolate that virus, if it is a virus.

Not until we've found

some way to stop it.

Sure, sure. With a quick and easy cure

for a deadly disease that's so obscure...

it isn't even in the

textbooks anymore.

And all you specialists have been able

to do is to give it a new name, "X. B."

What do you suggest we

name it, panic, hysteria?

Oh, I'm sorry, Clint.

I am too.

Only, why did you have to send a police

sergeant to drag me all the way over here...

just when I have every lab

at the university working.

Clint, Washington called.

They've sent us some

high-powered help, so they claim.

Thank God. Who did they

send? -A fella named Adams.


Are you there?

Handy little trick, instant sleep.

Particularly when you haven't

had it in the last couple of days.

This is Dr. Clinton

Earnshaw, the pathologist...

who first recognized the

symptoms of our epidemic.

Oh, yes. I know all

about Dr. Earnshaw.

Graduated from medical school

at 23- -I think we can skip that.

Hello, Dr. Adams.


I'm no doctor. You can just call

me jeff. I've barely got an M. A.

This may come as a surprise

to you, Mr. Adams...

but we told H. E. W. our biggest need

was for bacteriologists and virologists.

Yeah, well, uh...

I had an athletic scholarship once to this

little cow college, if you can fathom that.

But, uh, never mind that.

We haven? got much time.

Let's go. -I'm not going

anywhere, Mr. Adams.

He just wants your attention

for a few hours, Clint.

I can't even spare minutes, Doctor.

With all due respect,

I doubt very much...

if there's any way at all

that Mr. Adams can help us.

Your problem is X. B., right?

Symptoms similar to "cardinalia,

"woods fever, "scarabus toxicana, "

All thought to be as extinct

as the passenger pigeon.

But now the disease is back again.

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Jackson Gillis

Jackson Clark Gillis (August 21, 1916 – August 19, 2010) was an American radio and television scriptwriter whose career spanned more than 40 years and encompassed a wide range of genres.Gillis was born in Kalama, Washington to a highway engineer and a piano teacher. His family moved to California when he was a teenager. He attended California State University, Fresno, but transferred to Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English in 1938. He worked in England after graduating from college. After returning to the United States, he performed with the Barter Theatre in Virginia, together with Gregory Peck. George Bernard Shaw attended a performance of one of his plays, in which Gillis acted. Gillis received a note from Shaw that critiqued his exit, a postcard Gillis retained for decades. He enlisted in the United States Army and worked as an intelligence officer during World War II in the Pacific Theater.After completing his military service, Gillis moved to Los Angeles and took a job writing for radio shows, including the dramas The Whistler and Let George Do It. He moved into television scriptwriting and earned his first credit — for an episode of Racket Squad, a series that starred Reed Hadley — in 1952. He wrote for The Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957 and also spent several years writing for Perry Mason and Lassie. His scriptwriting was prolific and varied, and over the years, he worked on shows such as Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-O, and Knight Rider. He wrote for the series Columbo, starring Peter Falk, from 1971 to 1992. He also wrote a pair of detective novels, The Killers of Starfish and Chainsaw.After retiring from Hollywood in the 1990s, Gillis and his wife moved to Moscow, Idaho, to be near their daughter. Gillis was married to the former Patricia Cassidy, a fellow actor whom he met during his brief acting career at the Barter Theatre, until her death in 2003. He died at age 93 on August 19, 2010, of pneumonia in Moscow, Idaho. His daughter recalled that her father watched little on television other than football, as "he thought most of what was on TV was junk". more…

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