The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Man on a String 

Kimble helps Lucey when her car won't start. The next morning, she's accused of murdering a man at the exact time that she was with Kimble. Kimble wants to help but knows it's too dangerous to stay and testify on her behalf at the inquest.


Sydney Pollack




Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Joe Walker
Lois Nettleton ... Lucey Russell
John Larch ... George Duncan
Patricia Smith ... Amy Adams
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Malcolm Atterbury ... Sheriff Mead
Cyril Delevanti ... Old Timer
Russell Collins ... Doc Phillips


Kimble's aiding a stranded motorist lands the fugitive in a murderous love triangle. Town floozy Lucey's car stalled waiting for adulterous Lark Adams, who she claims didn't show for a rendezvous. Lark's body was already in a roadside ditch when Kimble and Lucey met. Kimble believes Lucey's innocent. So does a gallant Deputy who saw Kimble at Lucey's right after, but his Sheriff and the town's blue-bloods would love to pin the rap on loose Lucey, out of sympathy for Lark's abused blonde wife, Amy Adams. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

29 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Heard in the background of the scene where Kimble tells Lois Nettleton's character he must leave is none other than Vin Scully announcing a baseball game. See more »


Dr. Richard Kimble: Battery OK?
Lucey Russell: Yeah the darn engine turns over... just won't catch. I've been cussing it out.
Dr. Richard Kimble: [laughs] Maybe you don't know the right words. Mind if I try?
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7 October 2015 | by MissClassicTVSee all my reviews

What I absolutely love about this episode are the scenes with Richard Kimble (David Janssen) and Lucey Russell (Lois Nettleton). They have great chemistry. Early on, Kimble looks tired, but he's not running from anything, he's not worried or nervous, and he's never looked better. No wonder Lucey is immediately attracted. There's a gentleness to their interaction.

John Larch, playing Lucey's friend Deputy George Duncan, is also very good in this. Over the course of the hour, his emotions run the gamut from nervous to friendly, and from concern and worry to threatening. He has a nice last scene with Lucey.

What rivets me to my seat though is Kimble and Lucey, a woman who in 1964 may have had the town wagging their collective finger at her behavior, but she's actually both strong and kind. Everyone in town hates her or at least disapproves of her because she was involved with a married man and didn't bother to hide it. Director Sydney Pollack did a really wonderful job here. Another very strong performance from David Janssen and quite possibly an even stronger performance from Lois Nettleton.

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