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Writer:
Roy Huggins (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
17 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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(86 articles)
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 280)

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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Series Directed by
Jerry Hopper (14 episodes, 1963-1966)
Walter Grauman (11 episodes, 1963-1965)
Alexander Singer (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
James Sheldon (7 episodes, 1963-1967)
William A. Graham (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert Butler (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Don Medford (6 episodes, 1965-1967)
Gerald Mayer (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
Abner Biberman (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ralph Senensky (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Meredyth Lucas (4 episodes, 1967)
Ida Lupino (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Goldstone (3 episodes, 1964)
Leonard Horn (3 episodes, 1966)
Christian Nyby (2 episodes, 1963-1966)
Andrew McCullough (2 episodes, 1963)
Joseph Sargent (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard Donner (2 episodes, 1966)
Gerd Oswald (2 episodes, 1966)
Lewis Allen (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Writing credits
Roy Huggins (120 episodes, 1963-1967)
Harry Kronman (11 episodes, 1963-1967)
George Eckstein (10 episodes, 1963-1967)
Daniel B. Ullman (9 episodes, 1964-1966)
Philip Saltzman (6 episodes, 1964-1967)
William D. Gordon (5 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jack Turley (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Don Brinkley (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Barry Oringer (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
John Kneubuhl (5 episodes, 1966)
Arthur Weiss (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Stanford Whitmore (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Sheldon Stark (4 episodes, 1964)
Jeri Emmett (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
Oliver Crawford (3 episodes, 1963-1967)
Stuart Jerome (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Al C. Ward (3 episodes, 1964-1966)
Lee Loeb (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Sam Ross (3 episodes, 1966-1967)
Robert C. Dennis (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Peter Germano (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Hank Searls (2 episodes, 1963)
Larry Cohen (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Richard Levinson (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
William Link (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Leonard Kantor (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Norman Lessing (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Anthony Wilson (2 episodes, 1965)
E. Arthur Kean (2 episodes, 1966)
Michael Zagor (2 episodes, 1967)

Series Produced by
Quinn Martin .... executive producer (120 episodes, 1963-1967)
Alan A. Armer .... producer (90 episodes, 1963-1966)
Arthur Weiss .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
George Eckstein .... co-producer / associate producer (30 episodes, 1965-1967)
Wilton Schiller .... producer (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
William D. Gordon .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1964-1965)
John Meredyth Lucas .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Rugolo (89 episodes, 1963-1967)
Russell Garcia (30 episodes, 1963-1964)

Bernhard Kaun (unknown episodes)
Franz Waxman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson (70 episodes, 1964-1966)
Robert Hoffman (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Fred Mandl (17 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lloyd Ahern (2 episodes, 1963)

George J. Folsey (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann (18 episodes, 1963-1967)
Marston Fay (17 episodes, 1963-1966)
Jerry Young (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert L. Swanson (13 episodes, 1964-1966)
James Ballas (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Richard Cahoon (7 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jodie Copelan (6 episodes, 1967)
John Post (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Larry Heath (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin (37 episodes, 1965-1967)

Kerwin Coughlin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Claudio Guzmán (1 episode, 1963)
 
Series Art Direction by
Serge Krizman (50 episodes, 1963-1965)
James Dowell Vance (18 episodes, 1965-1967)
James Hulsey (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Sandy Grace (83 episodes, 1963-1967)
 
Series Costume Design by
Edward McDermott (unknown episodes)
Bob Wolfe (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lynn Burke .... hair stylist / hairdresser (56 episodes, 1963-1966)
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (56 episodes, 1964-1967)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (29 episodes, 1963-1964)
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist (25 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jean Austin .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1967)

Lavaughn Speer .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager (120 episodes, 1963-1967)
John Elizalde .... post-production supervisor (120 episodes, 1963-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... in charge of production (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Adrian Samish .... in charge of production (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bud Brill .... unit production manager (19 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Rubin .... second assistant director (33 episodes, 1965-1967)
Read Killgore .... second assistant director / assistant director (26 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jack Barry .... second assistant director / assistant director (24 episodes, 1964-1966)
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lou Place .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
Wesley J. McAfee .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1964-1965)
William Shanks .... second assistant director / assistant director (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
David Salven .... assistant director (1 episode, 1964)

Russ Haverick .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Don Smith .... property master / property manager (46 episodes, 1963-1967)
Irving W. Sindler .... property master / property manager (38 episodes, 1963-1967)
 
Series Sound Department
John K. Kean .... production mixer / production sound mixer / ... (83 episodes, 1963-1967)
Chuck Overhulser .... sound editor (82 episodes, 1963-1967)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist / sound re-recording mixer / ... (53 episodes, 1963-1966)
Eddie Campbell .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)

Chuck Perry .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (2 episodes, 1965)

Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Dial .... stunt double: David Janssen (unknown episodes)
Bill Hickman .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Troy Melton .... stunt double: David Janssen (unknown episodes)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunt double: David Janssen (unknown episodes)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt double: David Janssen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Vaughn Ashen .... chief electrician (63 episodes, 1964-1967)
Joseph A. August Jr. .... second camera operator / second camera / ... (49 episodes, 1963-1966)
Edward E. Nugent .... second camera operator / second cameraman (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Ray Rich .... key grip (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
James Potevin .... chief electrician (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
Richard A. Kelley .... first assistant camera / second camera operator (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... costume supervisor (46 episodes, 1963-1966)
Edward McDermott .... costume supervisor (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
Bob Wolfe .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 1963)

George Herrington .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Karlice Hinson .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Stephen Lodge .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carl Barth .... editorial coordinator / editorial consultant (52 episodes, 1964-1967)
Tom Neff Jr. .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (27 episodes, 1963-1967)
Harry Kaye .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (15 episodes, 1964-1967)
John Post .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Shouse .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Carl Mahakian .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Martin Fox .... assistant film editor (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
Orven Schanzer .... assistant film editor (4 episodes, 1966-1967)
Anthony Friedman .... assistant film editor (4 episodes, 1966)
O. Nicholas Brown .... assistant film editor (3 episodes, 1967)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Ken Wilhoit .... music supervisor (85 episodes, 1963-1967)
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: additional music / composer: stock music (3 episodes, 1964-1966)

John Elizalde .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Ted Roberts .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver: cast / driver (9 episodes, 1963-1967)
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Other crew
John Conwell .... assistant to producer / assistant to executive producer / ... (85 episodes, 1963-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to the executive producer (58 episodes, 1963-1966)
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor (36 episodes, 1965-1967)
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (28 episodes, 1963-1964)
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor (20 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bud Brill .... location manager (17 episodes, 1965-1966)

Billy Vernon .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
51 min (120 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (seasons 1-3) | Color (season 4)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (2007) (DVD) (self applied)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Some sources incorrectly state that an alternate ending for the series was planned in which Kimble would be seen removing a false arm, revealing him as the true killer. In the book "The Fugitive Recaptured" (and its later audio adaptation) Barry Morse reveals that this rumor may have started with a never-realized plan that he and David Janssen had for pulling a "false arm" gag at public appearances. Janssen also often joked that Kimble killed his wife because "she talked too much". Morse also said that he and Janssen conceived for fun an alternate epilogue to the series finale, in which Kimble awakens in bed with his wife Helen, and reveals to her that he "just had the most horrible nightmare". Janssen also gave an interview to TV Guide at the time of the finale in which he said that his idea for resolving the show was to have a final scene in which Kimble is seen on a beach reading a newspaper account of how the one-armed man has just been executed for the murder. Then, with his trademark half-grin, Kimble would stand up, detach his prosthetic arm and walk off into the surf. It's not known whether he was serious or just kidding.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:The Fugitive, a QM Production, starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of blind justice, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife, reprieved by fate when a train wreck freed him en route to the death house; freed him to hide in lonely desperation, to change his identity, to toil at many jobs; freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime; freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead or Alive (1999)See more »

FAQ

In how many episodes does the one armed man appear?
Do police, knowing of Kimble's identity, ever deliberately let him go?
Does Kimble ever save the life of Lt. Gerard?
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36 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
TV's Most Compelling Drama, 21 November 2002
Author: Michael Daly (fanstp43@aol.com) from United States

It was called "the most repulsive concept ever for television" when Roy Huggins pitched it to ABC in 1960, until Leonard Goldenson of ABC called it the best idea he'd ever heard.

Such summarizes the huge effort Roy Huggins invested to get The Fugitive to television. Teaming with producer Quinn Martin, Huggins' concept was made flesh with the casting of David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble and British-born Canadian Barry Morse as his nemesis, Lt. Philip Gerard. Huggins and Martin worked to make a compelling weekly drama via superb scripts, top-notch guest casts, and enticing music by Peter Rugolo, and succeeded perhaps more than they ever dared to hope.

The Fugitive remains compelling television 40 years later. Janssen and Morse imbue tremendous sympathy into their roles and make their characters so compelling that audiences even went too far, assailing Morse by saying, "You dumb cop, don't you realize he's innocent?" It even extended to the one-armed vagrant who was key to the drama, played by stuntman Bill Raisch, who in one incident was even picked up by the real LAPD because they thought he was "wanted for something," before they realized he was just an actor.

If The Fugitive had a drawback, it was because it worked too well - it is emotionally draining watching the show because the sympathy enticed for the characters is so great that seeing them suffer is painful, such as in the two-part episode "Never Wave Goodbye" - the audience is put through the emotional wringer every bit as much as Kimble, Gerard, and the story's supporting players (in this case played by Susan Oliver, Will Kuliva, Robert Duvall, and Lee Phillips).

The series was shot in black and white in its first three seasons, but for the fourth season came the replacement of producer Alan Armer with Wilton Schiller and the switch to color. The quality of the series remained high, but it is a measure of the show's quality that early fourth-season episodes are considered disappointing, and yet are still excellent stories with genuine emotional pull. The fourth-season settled down when writer-producer George Eckstein was brought in early on to help out Schiller, and it helped bring about some of the series' best moments, notably in the episode "The Ivy Maze," where for the first time in the series, all three protagonists (Kimble, Gerard, and Fred Johnson, the one-armed man) confront each other.

The performances and all else within made The Fugitive TV's most compelling drama, then and forever.

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