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Corner Of Hell introduces us to Moonshiner land. Local police never
invade this area of illegal activity because the cost benefit of such
action is highly negative.
R.G Armstrong plays a strong role as Tully, the Moonshiner patriarch while Sharon Farrell (Elvie) and Bruce Dern (Cody) put on excellent performances as his children.
While the sheriff (played by Dabs Greer who appeared in several minor Fugitive TV series roles including episodes 1 & 118) avoids Moonshiner country like the plague, our ever persistent Lieutenant Gerard (played by Barry Morse) has other ideas.
Kimble heads into Moonshiner country to avoid capture and Gerard decides to follow. After proving himself in front of our Moonshiner clan, Kimble gains respect in Armstrong's eyes. Gerard descends into deep trouble and is faced with the Shiner's judgment.
Corner Of Hell is special in that it's perhaps the only Fugitive episode in which Lieutenant Gerard is forced into and realistically feels what it's like to be in Kimble's shoes.
I first saw Corner of Hell in the 1967-1968 wave of reruns. All of these years and I always remembered the episode in which Tully proclaimed his famous catch phrase - "Go Fetch Em'"
The police are hot on Kimble's trail. He jumps from a moving truck and
runs into the countryside. Lt. Gerard is shocked when the local police
refuse to help him chase Kimble, who has run into moonshine country.
The local police stay out because when invaded the moonshiners set fire
to the woods, and the chance of the government to make up the tax
revenue would not compensate for the cost and trouble caused.
The moonshiners, led by Tully (actor R. G. Armstrong), hate outsiders, but ultimately warm to Kimble, who saves the life of Cody (actor Bruce Dern). Gerard pursues Kimble on his own, but is captured and harassed. As an outsider, a cop, and a man wearing a store-bought suit, Gerard has three strikes against him. When Tully's daughter is beaten into unconsciousness, the moonshiners take the law into their own hands, wrongly accuse Gerard, and plan to lynch him. Ironically, Gerard cannot prove he saw a man running from the scene of the crime, and must turn to Kimble to try to prove his innocence.
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