The Fugitive (1963)

Season 3 Episode 4

Trial by Fire

Aired Unknown Oct 05, 1965 on ABC
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Trial by Fire
Kimble's sister Donna summons him home with a possible break in the case: a letter from James Eckhardt, a former U.S. Army captain who also saw the one-armed man fleeing from the Kimble's house on the night of Helen's murder. Kimble meets with Eckhardt, who agrees to help the fugitive out. Eckhardt's story seems strong enough to clear Kimble. But unknown to either men, another witness comes forward: a convict in prison for drug dealing, who reveals that he used to sell heroin to Eckhart for a Korean War battle wound and that Eckhardt was on his way to see him that night to buy some drugs, which is more than enough for Gerard to discredit Eckhardt's testimony.moreless

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  • Great concept--with a couple rough edges

    A great concept. And, improbable though it all might sound on paper, it does seem to work. However, a couple of iffy aspects: Rettig basically just came off like some snotty teenage Mouseketeer, and the normally dependable Jacqueline Scott didn't seem to be all that well-rehearsed (she was scrambling through her lines in a few spots).
Charles Aidman

Charles Aidman

Captain James Eckhardt

Guest Star

Frank Aletter

Frank Aletter

Burton Green

Guest Star

Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig

J. J. Eckhardt

Guest Star

Jacqueline Scott

Jacqueline Scott

Donna Taft

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Opening Narration: Occasionally, a fugitive must make contact with reality to escape the loneliness of flight, to preserve his sanity. For Richard Kimble, contact with reality consists of an occasional telephone conversation with his sister. Tonight's call, however, could mean a great deal more.

      Narration: In Stafford, a man has worked through until morning preparing to set in motion the ponderous machinery of the law. In Chicago, another man continues the pursuit begun so long ago.

      Closing Narration: A witness has seen the one-armed man. Richard Kimble has had confirmed what he had almost begun to doubt himself. And a phantom seen by two men can be seen again.

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