The Fugitive (1963)

ABC (ended 1967)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 30

    The Judgment (2)

    Aired 8/29/67

  • S 4 : Ep 29

    The Judgment (1)

    Aired 8/22/67

  • S 4 : Ep 28

    The Shattered Silence

    Aired 4/11/67

  • S 4 : Ep 27

    The Walls of Night

    Aired 4/4/67

  • S 4 : Ep 26

    Dossier on a Diplomat

    Aired 3/28/67

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Conrad

    Narrator

  • Barry Morse

    Lt. Philip Gerard

  • David Janssen

    Dr. Richard Kimble

  • Paul Birch

    Captain Carpenter

  • Larry Blyden

    Sal Mitchell

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  • show Description
  • Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen), wrongly accused of murdering his wife, escapes custody while en route to Death Row and must elude police and Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse), who is obsessed with his capture. Kimble must constantly relocate and change his name while he continues his quest to find the real killer, a one-armed man (Bill Raisch) he saw leave the scene of the crime. The finale was the most-watched episode of all-time until the final episode of "M*A*S*H." The original series aired from 1963-1967 (120 episodes) on ABC and inspired the 1993 movie, "The Fugitive," starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. CBS brought the series back in a modern-day version in 2000, which starred Timothy Daly as Dr. Kimble. The original series also inspired a format used in several other shows, such as "The Incredible Hulk" and "Quantum Leap."moreless

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    • Opening Narration: Now six months a fugitive, this is Richard Kimble with a new identity, and for as long as it is safe, a new name: James Lincoln. He thinks of the day when he might find the man with one arm, but now is now. And this is how it is with him. ... Another journey, another place. Walk neither too fast, nor too slow. Beware the eyes of strangers. Keep moving. ... (Kimble chooses a hotel.) The right one? Or will it be a mistake? Is this the trap where it will end? ... Safe. For now. ... Another room. Windows look out -- and look in. Get busy. ... (Kimble stares at his reflection in the mirror and applies black dye to his hair.) Look closely. Be sure of this: they'll never stop looking. He'll never stop. Not Lieutenant Gerard.... Ready? A job. What will it be? Make no mistakes. Be ready for the questions and hope there won't be too many.

    • Closing Narration: Now six months, two weeks, and another thousand miles a fugitive, this is Richard Kimble. And this is how it is with him.

    • Opening Narration: Now ten months after his escape, take Richard Kimble, unjustly convicted of murder, put him down in the Missouri hills, a handyman, driving a truck for a local fuel and feed company. Once again, he has changed his identity: he has become Jim Fowler, a stranger in town.

    • Closing Narration: This is Jim Fowler, about to die. He will last long enough to take the bus out of Hainesville, Missouri, and then a new identity must emerge, a new identity to hide the path of his flight, and the path of his search for the man whose crime has made Richard Kimble the Fugitive.

    • Sheriff Bradley: (Reacting to Gerard's pursuit of Kimble) You must want him real bad!

    • Opening Narration: West Virginia. What used to be a town, before the coal mine gave out. A naked relic now, without future, without hope. Another dreary point in time for Richard Kimble, eight months a fugitive.

    • Closing Narration: Above the mountain, leaving it far below and behind him, Lieutenant Philip Gerard returns home without the man he had come to find and recapture. The other side of the mountain, of many mountains, a road twisting and turning into the future, without promise, without assurance for the man who must always go alone: Richard Kimble, fugitive.

    • Narrator: The Hall of Justice, Los Angeles County -- courtroom, sheriff's headquarters, detective bureau, and the county jail. Even on a Saturday, it swarms with deputies. But on Saturdays come the families of prisoners, too. Richard Kimble has learned to be a face in the crowd.

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    Notes (245)

    • Stanford Whitmore rewrote the scene between Gerard and Captain Carpenter after Barry Morse played the scene "considerably 'over the top'." Whitmore had described Gerard as "a man whose dedication borders on fanaticism," but that aspect was toned down.

    • Location: Tucson, Arizona Kimble's Alias: James Lincoln

    • Location: Hainesville, Missouri Kimble's Alias: Jim Fowler

    • Location: West Virginia

    • In this episode we meet the first of three actresses who played Lt. Philip Gerard's wife (played in this episode by Rachel Ames). Later, in Landscape with Running Figures Barbara Rush played the role as Mrs. Gerard. And finally in May God Have Mercy, an uncredited woman plays as Mrs. Gerard.

    • Location: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles, Cailfornia Kimble's Alias: Jeff Cooper

    • Kimble saves Gerard's life when his boat hits a reef and saves him from drowning. This is the first of many occasions where Kimble saves Gerard from death.

    • Location: Santa Barbara, California Kimble's Alias: Jeff Cooper

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    Trivia (38)

    • During the fight scene in Act IV, Brian Keith threw David Janssen against the bus so hard that Janssen broke three ribs.

    • In the epilog, there's a slight goof. It's a sunny day, but when there are close-ups of Gerard as he talks to Monica Welles, you can see that it is raining behind him and that his hat has some rain moisture on it.

    • The location of this premiere episode is Tucson. The show would return to Tucson for its two-part finale, "The Judgment". That episode begins with Kimble working as a truck driver in that Arizona city.

    • Towards the end of the episode, just after Kimble gets out of the water and is talking to Jenny, his front hair bangs change from cut to cut.

    • One of the characters in this episode states that they are near Bluefield which is a real life West Virginia town.

    • In this episode we are told that Richard Kimble did his medical internship in New York. But later, in The Survivors, we are told that he interned in Fairgreen, Indiana, where he met his future wife, a nurse named Helen Waverly.

    • Besides the pilot, this is the only episode where Lt. Gerard wears a fedora.

    • The wanted poster in this episode states that Richard Kimble was born in Beloit, Wisconsin. However, all other wanted posters in the series say that Kimble was born in Stafford, Indiana.

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    Allusions (2)

    • One of the paper's first editorials will be a plea for innocent men pursued by the Furies -- men such as Richard Kimble, the Fugitive.

      The Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance in Greek and Roman mythology. They were known especially for pursuing people who had murdered family members.

    • Stanford Whitmore, who wrote this story, got the idea for the title from a Samuel Beckett play by the same title, "Endgame."

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Seminal Dramatic Series of the Sixties

    By RabbitEars54, Nov 02, 2014

  • The Fugitive and TV Noir

    By raymondstarman, Sep 14, 2014

  • by far the best

    By craigbeth, Aug 08, 2014

  • Dr. Richard Kimble, heading to his own execution for murdering his wife, is freed by a twist of fate. To prove his innocence he seeks the one-armed man he saw leaving the scene of the crime, and is relentlessly pursued himself by a police lieutenant.

    By savellexsse, Oct 22, 2007

  • One of the best shows of all time.

    By jamoon2006, Nov 13, 2007

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