Working as a kennel assistant for a family's show-dog breeding business, Kimble finds it's the family that needs the physician's care more. The father Max's obsessed with success, so he's too hard on his son, and Kimble discovers that daughter-in-law Cora intentionally let their top Red Setter bitch run off. The fugitive's struggling to keep a low profile, but his principles won't let him shoot the runaway bitch because she appears readily savable, though Cora icily orders Kimble to kill the Irish Setter. The scared dog was injured on the estate's barbed wire, used to keep thieves out, not the highly-trained canines in. This live-in job provides a safe hiding place for the fugitive physician, who worries what Cora's up to. Written by
[Epilog Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble walking on the road at night, trying to thumb a ride]
You took a chance on someone and it worked out for him. Someday, perhaps, it will work out for you. Somewhere, in some far off city, in some far off time. But this is now and you are still running. You are a Fugitive.
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Kimble works at Bodin-Russet Kennels, a dog breeding and training operation run by Max Bodin, played by actor George Voskovec. Max has a complex relationship with his son Johnny and Johnny's wife Cora. Johnny is unhappy about his place in the family business and that his father appears to care more about the dogs than him. Johnny is influenced by Cora, who hates the business and wants Max to sell so they can leave. Max has an offer to sell, but is unsure if he wants to.
When Cora finds that the dog Colleen has hip dysplasia, she schemes to conceal it, because it would reduce the selling price of the business. When Kimble interferes, he gains an enemy who places him in danger. Kimble has to save the dog, tell Max the truth, and patch up the relationship between Max and Johnny before he can leave.
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