In "Vial of Death" Lloyd Nolan stars as a detective who must find a missing vial of deadly bacteria before it causes a city-wide epidemic. This is one of Suspense's "based on fact" stories.
As the episode opens, it is a quiet evening at the police station for Lt. Joe Holloway and the boys, when suddenly, Prof. Harold M. Frolich arrives to ask for help. His car was stolen! When they tell him to go to the auto theft division, he explains that the car isn't important, what matters is inside of the car. He was transporting a vial filled with deadly cholera bacteria to the university...but stopped at a drug store to pick up some pipe tobacco. When he came out of the store, the car was gone! If the thief opens the vial--a cholera epidemic could ignite that would destroy the entire city...
Lt. Holloway puts out an all point bulletin and his men start the search. The stolen car must be found!
Will they find the missing vial in time?
"Vial of Death" was written by Gus Bayz and produced and directed by Elliott Lewis. Lloyd Nolan starred. Also appearing were Jerry Hausner, Joseph Kearns, Charlotte Lawrence, Trudi Marsden, James McCallion, Howard McNear, Joseph Granby, Clayton Post, Martha Wentworth, Naomi Stevens, and Jeffrey Silver. This episode aired on May 18, 1953.
(Image of Lloyd Nolan from Wikipedia)