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The Fugitive 

A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

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Roy Huggins
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4   3   2   1  
1967   1966   1965   1964   1963  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
David Janssen ...  Dr. Richard Kimble / ... 120 episodes, 1963-1967
William Conrad ...  Narrator 120 episodes, 1963-1967
Barry Morse ...  Lt. Philip Gerard 119 episodes, 1963-1967
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Storyline

Dr. Richard Kimble is accused as the murderer of his wife, tried and convicted. On his way to be executed, he escapes. The only chance to prove his innocence is to find the man who killed his wife. Kimble, pursued by Lt. Gerard, risks his life several times when he shows his identity to help other people out of trouble. Written by Florian Baumann <baumann@msmhpd.hoechst.hoechst-ag.dbp.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fugitivo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(120 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (seasons 1-3)| Color (season 4)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was so popular, that a German magazine wanted to stage a contest in which David Janssen would be stalked by its readers through the streets of West Berlin. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Name: Richard Kimble. Profession: Doctor of Medicine. Destination: Death Row, State Prison. Richard Kimble has been tried and convicted for the murder of his wife. But laws are made by men, carried out by men. And men are imperfect. Richard Kimble is innocent. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove was that moments before discovering his wife's body, he encountered a man running from the vicinity of his home. A man with one arm. A man he had never seen before. A man who has not yet ...
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Alternate Versions

The final episode of the series aired on a different date in Canada (September 5 as opposed to Aug. 29 in the US). For Canadian prints of the final episode, the ending narration was changed to mention September 5. Some VHS releases of "The Judgement" released in the US retain the Canadian narration. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from The Fugitive
Music by Pete Rugolo
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A classic drama
2 March 2001 | by 4-KaneSee all my reviews

'The Fugitive' is a classic dramatic series I watch whenever I have an opportunity. David Janssen was (and still is) the best Dr. Richard Kimble (sorry Mr. Ford and Daly!). Barry Morse was equally effective as Lt. Philip Gerard, the man obsessed with capturing our hero. This classic lasted four years and 120 episodes. (The real reason I watch this show is because some of its elements would be later used in 'The Incredible Hulk,' which is my all-time favorite episodic TV series.)

Of course, the character of Richard Kimble was loosely inspired by Dr. Sam Sheppard. The major difference was that while Dr. Richard Kimble spent four years chasing the real killer (a one-armed man) of his wife Helen, Dr. Sheppard spent ten years in jail for the 1954 murder of his wife Marilyn.

It might be interesting to note that when Dr. Sheppard was acquitted in a second trial in November of 1966, 'The Fugitive,' which was then in the middle of its fourth season, began to slip in the ratings. For this reason, the producers were smart not to wait for the ax to fall and risk having the series cancelled without doing a finale.

"The Judgment," the two-hour series finale, aired in the summer of 1967. After four years of chasing and being chased, Kimble finally catches up with Fred Johnson, the one-armed man, who admits to having been Helen's real killer. He is then shot and killed by Lt. Gerard, who saves Kimble in the process.

While the finale was weak in some respects, it was generally a fitting conclusion to the 'Fugitive' series. Of course, it was also one of the highest rated TV finales of all-time.


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