[Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble beaten up and lying on the ground in an alley]
A man on the run comes to expect neither justice nor mercy. Every hand is against him, every face turns away from his pain. In such moments, the thread of hope, of life itself, stretches to the breaking point.
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This one is a weird one. Kimble has traced the one-armed man to a town run by the mob, where he's been given a job as a bag man and running a strip joint. We see Fred Johnson, (he's using an alias here of "Steve Cramer" dressed to the nines and with a shave and a curly hairdo, ordering two corrupt policemen to give Kimble "the treatment". Kimble, in a cathartic scene, catches up with the one armed-man and wins a slugfest with him. He then drags him to the police and wants him arrested as the murderer of his wife. He asks that Lt. Philip Gerard be contacted. Then he finds out that the whole police department is on "Kramer's" side. Johnson orders Kimble to be 'hit', which angers Eduardo Cianelli, an old Hollywood pro at playing mob bosses, who is the power behind the town.
Both Kimble and Johnson are delivered to Cianelli's estate, where we see them sitting together watching the elderly Cianelli receiving some kind of medical treatment before he tells both of them off, as well as Michael Strong, playing the guy he hired to manage the town, for hiring Johnson. Cianelli's verdict is to get rid of both of them. But not by rubbing them out. Instead Johnson is given 24 hours head start to leave town. Kimble is to stay for those 24 hours but he escapes after stealing Strong's car. The state police, (apparently also on the take) let Johnson go and grab Kimble but Strong, strangely, just lets him go, with a promise not to return. It must be a promise easy to keep: who would want to be in this place?
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