The Fugitive: Season 4, Episode 25

Death of a Very Small Killer (21 Mar. 1967)

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Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Richard Kimble / Thomas Barrett
Dr. Reina Morales
Carlos Romero ...
Sergeant Rodriguez
Arthur Hill ...
Dr. Frederick Howell
Valentin de Vargas ...
Captain Pablo Gomez
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Pancho Sancho
Barry Morse ...
Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Stella Garcia ...
Maria - Nurse
Roberto Contreras ...
Diego - Patient
Sam Gilman ...
Captain Mulvaney
Robert Hernandez ...
Bard Stevens ...
Lanny - Sailor
Natividad Vacío ...
Michael Abelar ...
Arthuro - Attendant (as Mike Abelar)
Raoul Perez ...
Officer Arenas


Kimble is blackmailed into slaving for a physician obsessed with curing a deadly strain of meningitis prevalent in a remote Mexican province. The fugitive put ashore in Mexico, after fleeing U.S. police, and swapping places with a departing sailor. The expatriate Dr. Howell will stop at nothing to wipe out his "tiny enemy," but Richard Kimble contests the ethics of Howell's fanatical methods, as a wily local police sergeant closes in on the convicted killer. Written by David Stevens

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21 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble escape the police with the help of a sailor by boarding a trawler heading out to sea] Richard Kimble, Fugitive, a man for whom there are no neutrals - only enemies or friends. To such a man, a stranger's whim, a decision to lend a helping hand, means the difference between freedom or death.
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10 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kimble, desperate to escape as police close in, meets a friendly sailor who advises him he can get away on a particular fishing boat. Kimble pays some money and agrees to work, but becomes quite ill. The boat drops him at a small Mexican village.

Collapsing at his hotel, Kimble is brought to the clinic of Dr. Howell, played by actor Arthur Hill. In addition to curing Kimble, Dr. Howell is working on an experimental drug treatment for a virulent local strain of meningitis that has killed many people. Knowing Kimble's identity, Dr. Howell persuades Kimble to stay and help. However, Dr. Howell and Dr. Kimble disagree on the ethics of the experimentation. Complications arise from the illness of Dr. Howell, the snooping of a suspicious Mexican policeman, and Kimble's romantic interest in Dr. Morales, played by actress Carol Lawrence.

The ending, involving Kimble's escape, is unusually touching.

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