Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)

Elegy for a Mad Dog 

A rabid dog belonging to a mentally challenged teen-aged boy bites Welby.


Russ Mayberry


Ken Trevey, David Victor (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Young ... Dr. Marcus Welby
James Brolin ... Dr. Steven Kiley
Elena Verdugo ... Consuelo Lopez
Christina Crawford ... Sister Mary Eileen Kirkpatrick
Brad David ... Dougie
Johnny Seven ... Joe Metzger
Margarita Cordova Margarita Cordova ... Socorro Ledesma
Gary Dubin ... Gary Ledesma
Eric Chase Eric Chase ... Malcolm Hartman
Pat McCaffrie Pat McCaffrie ... Dr. William Haines
Michael Bow Michael Bow ... Pound Attendant
Fred Holliday Fred Holliday ... Resident Doctor
Margaret Madigan Margaret Madigan ... Nurse Kelly
Bonnie Hughes Bonnie Hughes ... Nurse


Kiley begins seeing Sister Mary Ellen, whose church is working at a group home for mentally challenged and at-risk youths. One of Mary Ellen's charges is an autistic teen-aged boy named Dougie, whose only companion and friend is a dog. One day, Welby - during a visit to the home - is attacked by Dougie's dog, and the dog is immediately quarantined under suspicion that it might be rabid. Dougie is deeply upset when he is told that the dog may have to be destroyed (after it begins showing signs that it indeed is rabid). As Welby recovers and Dougie's younger brothers - who lack the understanding about what rabies is - make cruel jokes about what might happen to the dog, Mary Ellen seeks to find a way to reach out to Dougie before he makes a mistake ... only to learn from Kiley that Dougie is a burglary suspect at the animal shelter where his beloved dog is being kept. In the end, just as the dog is about to turn on Dougie, Kiley has no choice but to destroy the dog, leaving Mary Ellen ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Release Date:

9 March 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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