The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 13

Terror at High Point

Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1963 on ABC
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Terror at High Point
While working at a construction site in Utah, Kimble convinces his supervisor, Buck Harmon, to hire Jamie, a mentally retarded but physically strong young man to help out. Because Jamie is an easy target for the taunts of the other work crew members, Kimble becomes Jamie's protector. When Jamie is accused of sexually assaulting Buck's wife, he becomes frightened and runs away. The crew foreman, Dan Pike, convinces Buck to organize a posse to hunt down Jamie and kill him.moreless

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  • Jack Klugman saves an otherwise average episode.

    What could just be a ho-hum episode (another instance of Kimble befriending an outcast) is helped tremendously by the guest performance of Jack Klugman. One of (in my opinion) the greatest television actors of all time, Klugman knocks this one out of the park. Not only does Klugman have great scenes with David Janssen, but his work throughout the episode is top-notch. His scenes with his wife showing his strained marriage, his tense conversations with Kimble and finally, when the audience at last learns why Buck treats Jamie with such hostility, the emotion is incredibly real. Once again, Kimble's background in pediatrics comes in handy - he can easily relate to and converse with the child-like Jamie. The episode is unusual, however, in that Kimble himself is not the target of the hunt at the climax. He's even able to deliver Jamie unharmed to the police so that the real culprit can be identified. He has to run at the end of the episode, of course, but he isn't under the usual pressures to do so.moreless

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    • Opening Narration: The place: Utah, the hills above Salt Lake City. The project: to move a mountain. Giant machines and armies of men moving millions of tons of earth to make way for a river which one day will turn the desert into Eden. For Richard Kimble, the mountain offers protection. Here, he is Paul Beaumont, timekeeper, lost among the other workers. Here, he feels he can rest awhile. Here, he is safe.

    • Closing Narration: Most men have some secret fear. Most manage to live with it, to walk in the world with others and live a quiet, normal life. For one man, that is impossible: Richard Kimble, fugitive.

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