The Fugitive (1963)

Season 1 Episode 9

Ticket to Alaska

Aired Unknown Nov 12, 1963 on ABC
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Ticket to Alaska
On a small freighter, Kimble is traveling to Alaska when an FBI agent, named Paul Vale, arrives and begins questioning him and all the passengers in a search for a Korean War criminal and traitor. Vale becomes most suspicious of Kimble, as well as passenger George Banning and his wife Adrienne whom are embezzlers fleeing the States. When Vale is found murdered the next day, Captain Carraway interrogates all the suspects and when the captain discovers that Kimble's references are fake, Kimble becomes the chief suspect.moreless

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  • Shooting on the sea

    "Ticket to Alaska" is a fair whodunit murder mystery, but it falls flat as an episode of "The Fugitive." It's got all of the conventions of the classic British mystery, complete with the gathering of the suspects in one room by the detective for questioning. But after the realistic, almost noir-ish start of the season, "Ticket to Alaska" is very formulaic and stilted. Worst of all, Kimble gets short shift at the expense of the other characters on the ship who, as suspects, need to have motives and alibis fleshed out.

    The concept isn't necessarily a bad idea - after all, putting Kimble into a seemingly inescapable situation in the middle of the ocean has good dramatic potential, but unfortunately too much time is spent with the captain and first officer interrogating the passengers. And the killer isn't found out by actual detection - Kimble basically sets a trap and waits to see who walks into it.

    I'd rather see Kimble outpace Gerard or close in on the one-armed man and leave the Agatha Christie exploits to others.moreless

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    • Narrator: Larry Talman can run no faster than the ship moves. Twelve hours to Ketchikan and the waiting federal authorities. In twelve hours, Larry Talman will be caught and, with him, Richard Kimble.

    • Narrator: Thirty-six hours to Ketchikan, Alaska. Thirty-six hours till the moment when Larry Talman will be turned over to the federal authorities.

    • Narrator: The Alaskan Star, two days out of Seattle, Washington, on the open sea. At 2:15 p.m., a radiogram is received, placing the freighter under the jurisdiction of the United States government.

    • Opening Narration: The freighter Alaskan Star, six hours out of Seattle, Washington, carrying a crew of fourteen. Accommodations for twelve passengers, one of them Richard Kimble, now wearing the name Larry Talman. Destination: Alaska, the 49th state. Objective: to earn a large sum of money in a short period of time, and thus underwrite the next phase in the search for his wife's killer.

    • Closing Narration: Larry Talman, freed from the suspicion of murder, leaves the Alaskan Star. But it is Richard Kimble, still under the sentence of death, that steps ashore. He will stay in this place as long as it is safe. Then he will move on. It is said there is no rest for the wicked -- nor, sometimes, for the innocent.

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