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Release Date:
17 September 1963 (USA) See more »
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 »
Won Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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 (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)

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)
George Eckstein .... associate producer / co-producer (47 episodes, 1965-1967)
William D. Gordon .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1964-1966)
Arthur Weiss .... associate producer (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
Wilton Schiller .... producer (30 episodes, 1966-1967)
John Meredyth Lucas .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1966)
Series Original Music by
Pete Rugolo (118 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
Marston Fay (31 episodes, 1963-1966)
Robert L. Swanson (28 episodes, 1964-1966)
Walter Hannemann (18 episodes, 1963-1967)
Jerry Young (13 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Ballas (8 episodes, 1966-1967)
Richard Cahoon (7 episodes, 1966-1967)
Jodie Copelan (7 episodes, 1967)
John Post (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Larry Heath (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin (60 episodes, 1965-1967)

Kerwin Coughlin (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Claudio Guzmán (1 episode, 1963)
Series Art Direction by
Serge Krizman (63 episodes, 1963-1965)
James Dowell Vance (40 episodes, 1965-1967)
James Hulsey (16 episodes, 1966-1967)
Series Set Decoration by
Sandy Grace (119 episodes, 1963-1967)
Series Costume Design by
Edward McDermott (unknown episodes)
Bob Wolfe (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (90 episodes, 1964-1967)
Lynn Burke .... hair stylist / hairdresser (89 episodes, 1963-1966)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (29 episodes, 1963-1964)
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist (26 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 (52 episodes, 1965-1967)
Jack Barry .... second assistant director / assistant director (43 episodes, 1964-1966)
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director (35 episodes, 1963-1966)
Read Killgore .... second assistant director / assistant director (27 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lou Place .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1966-1967)
Wesley J. McAfee .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1964-1965)
Phil Cook .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Paul Wurtzel .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1963-1964)
William Shanks .... second assistant director / assistant director (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
David Salven .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Russ Haverick .... assistant director (1 episode, 1966)
Series Art Department
Don Smith .... property master / property manager (61 episodes, 1963-1967)
Irving W. Sindler .... property master / property manager (58 episodes, 1963-1967)
Series Sound Department
John K. Kean .... production mixer / production sound mixer / ... (118 episodes, 1963-1967)
Chuck Overhulser .... sound editor / sound mixer (101 episodes, 1963-1967)
Clem Portman .... sound re-recording mixer / sound re-recordist / ... (88 episodes, 1963-1966)
Eddie Campbell .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Chuck Perry .... sound editor (7 episodes, 1966)
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 (98 episodes, 1964-1967)
Joseph A. August Jr. .... second camera / second camera operator / ... (84 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 / costumer (81 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 (87 episodes, 1964-1967)
Tom Neff Jr. .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (44 episodes, 1963-1967)
Harry Kaye .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (32 episodes, 1964-1967)
Carl Mahakian .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (9 episodes, 1963-1965)
John Post .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Shouse .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
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 / music editor (119 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 / ... (119 episodes, 1963-1967)
Arthur Fellows .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to the executive producer (90 episodes, 1963-1966)
Kenneth Gilbert .... script supervisor (59 episodes, 1965-1967)
Bud Brill .... location manager (41 episodes, 1965-1966)
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor / production coordinator (31 episodes, 1964-1965)
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (28 episodes, 1963-1964)

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

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Robert Lansing, James Franciscus and Anthony Franciosa were all considered for the role of Richard Kimble.See more »
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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV)See more »


Is the one armed man actually guilty?
Does Kimble commit crimes in his travels? Does Gerard?
Does Kimble ever save the life of Lt. Gerard?
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate Dramatic Classic Series That Sets The Example, 15 August 2004
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

"The Fugitive" was without a doubt the ultimate example of how a dramatic series is suppose to be done and to this day sets the example for other dramatic shows that were to follow. It was simply put one of the greatest television shows of all time,and the greatest drama ever presented in the history of prime time-television. Somehow,this series has a uniqueness about it in its own way,but in the long run was the prototype of many other shows that were to follow it("The Immortal", "The Invaders","Run For Your Life","Run,Joe Run","The Incredible Hulk"). TV Guide once called this series,"the best TV drama of the 1960's". But it became so much more as the series was frankly a combination of drama,and crime events put together along with some breathtaking suspense and cliffhanging excitement as the standard formula for this show,and it did extremely well giving the series several Emmy nominations for its excellent writing and acting for its star of the show:David Janssen. In other words,the best dramatic series of all time. The opening credits give the introduction to the character...........

Dr. Richard Kimble,an innocent victim of blind justice..... Falsely accused for the murder of his wife when a train wreck frees him on route to the death house....FREED HIM...To hide in lonely desperation and to go from town to town toling at many jobs...... FREED HIM...To search for the one-armed man leave the scene of the crime and to go after him for the murder of his wife.... FREED HIM...To run before the relentless pursuit of the Police Lt. who is obsessed with his capture...

Of course the character of Richard Kimble was loosely inspired by Dr. Sam Sheppard who was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 1954 murder of his wife,Marilyn,but was acquitted in a second trial in November of 1966 for a murder he did not commit. The major difference was that Richard Kimble spent four years chasing the real killer who was near the scene of the crime(a one-man armed man)while he was being framed for a murder that he didn't commit,whose wife was brutally murdered in her own home while she was alone,and he was blamed for the crimes....That is basically setting up an innocent man who had nothing to do with the crimes,but also was trying taking his life to hell in a handbasket for something he didn't do! That's wrong! That's blind justice gone astrayed! But the series "The Fugitive" was grand entertainment at its finest hour,and let me explained how......

I.)The Black and White Episodes:Seasons One Through Three:1963-1966

From its premiere episode in September of 1963,"The Fugitive",was grand suspenseful and intriguing entertainment at its finest and with the black and white episodes that came out,it works on many levels,and we are introduced to the character of Richard Kimble(David Janssen),and his adventures going from town to town as he stays one step ahead of the Police Lt. in charge of the manhunt for Kimble,Phillip Gerard(Barry Morse),and the search of the one-armed man who killed his wife,Fred Johnson(Bill Raisch). During the first three seasons of the show,it presented a good decent,and well developed main character and from there evokes emotion from the viewer by having something happening to him that he absolutely doesn't deserved,which evoke genuine emotion,plus he was a character whom viewers can empathize with. Whatever pain he was feeling,the audience felt it too. And each week there was always something happening as Kimble stumbles into each town or city for someone's help or help comes to him,and right away the trouble ensues and the suspicious party that recognizes Kimble's wanted poster from the police bulletin,are right there to call the authorities with by the way,Kimble easily escapes them with just a slip from the cops in the local town and from there drifts into a new venture where he must stay one step ahead of Gerard and to one step toward the lookout for the one-armed man. Kimble eluders his pursuers,gets away for another week while we see him walking backwards down the road,thumbling a ride with a sack over his shoulder. A car passes him,he turns around keeps walking while the legendary William Conrad's voice speaks in the background,"Richard Kimble:Fugitive. Still searching for the one-armed man". "The Fugitive" was an incredible exercise in formulatic writing when nowadays is used as a textbook on

"The Effect Screen writing Of Classic TV Shows",which as of this writing several college campuses and universities are using this format as a part of the TV writing and Journalism courses as a teaching tool for those who are interested in this venture. So college courses show this series as a backdrop on how to write,and produced standard TV shows and it works!(The Black and White episodes of this series) Back to the TV show,"The Fugitive",the show followed the standard Quinn Martin production formula of prologue,multiple,and epilogue--which is basically used in several QM produced shows to follow like,"The FBI","The Invaders","Dan August","Cannon","The Streets Of San Francisco","Barnaby Jones","The Runaways","Harry-O" and so forth.

Here is the summary formula for almost every show: 1. Prologue 2. Act One 3. Act Two 4. Act Three 5. Act Four 6. Epilogue

II.)The Color Episodes:Season Four:1966-1967. In the fall of 1966,"The Fugitive" made the transition from shades of gray(black and white)to color,and from there the show suffered in the ratings,but before the producers(Quinn Martin and Roy Huggins)let ABC bring down the axe of this show,they decided by not risking the series to be cancelled without having a finale. However,the format was basically the same with Kimble staying ahead of Gerard,but the last two episodes of the series were simply put the greatest upset in the history of television. The two-part finale of The Fugitive entitled,"The Judgment",aired on August 27,1967 and the last episode of the series on August 28,1967,after an astounding four seasons and 120 episodes. After four grueling years of chasing and being chased,Kimble finally catches up with the one-armed man,who admits to having been Helen's real killer. In the climax,Kimble chases Johnson on top of the building and from there Johnson is shot and killed by Lt. Gerard,who saves Kimble in the process and is acquitted of all charges. It went on to become one of the highest rated TV finales of all time,and still is in the top ten of the best TV finales ever made.

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