The Fugitive: Season 1, Episode 1

Fear in a Desert City (17 Sep. 1963)

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After being on the run for 6 months, Richard Kimble falls in love with a beautiful woman who has a young son. She also has a physically abusive, estranged husband, that wants Kimble out of town, or dead.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Monica Welles
Edward Welles
Harry Townes ...
Sgt. Burden
Barry Morse ...


After being on the run for 6 months, Richard Kimble falls in love with a beautiful woman who has a young son. She also has a physically abusive, estranged husband, that wants Kimble out of town, or dead.

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17 September 1963 (USA)  »

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In the first season, the "Wanted" poster has Kimble's birth place as Beloit, Wisconsin. Later in the series it is changed to Stafford, Indiana. See more »


Lt. Philip Gerard: [to Monica Wells after her husband's funeral] So he
[meaning Dr. Kimble]
Lt. Philip Gerard: told you about me. Excellent. He thinks about me as much as I think about him.
Monica Welles: He's innocent!
Lt. Philip Gerard: The law says guilty.
Monica Welles: The law isn't perfect.
[Gerard looks slightly annoyed]
Monica Welles: Wherever he is now, he knows I believe him. I always will.
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11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, the first episode, is a very fitting beginning to the saga of Dr. Richard Kimble, fugitive. Kimble (using the name Jim Lincoln) takes a job at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, and meets the piano player, Monica Welles, played by actress Vera Miles. Monica is bothered by a male patron of the bar. Kimble repeatedly protects her, thereby acquiring an enemy. He later learns the man bothering her is Ed Welles, her husband. Actor Brian Keith does an outstanding job as Ed.

Ed Welles is a major landowner in the state, with enormous influence over the police. He is also paranoid, jealous, controlling and violent where his wife is concerned. She fled Phoenix to Tucson a month earlier to get away from Ed, but he found her and followed her.

Kimble takes the opportunity to explain his story to Monica, thereby informing viewers about why he is on the run. Due to his impeccable, protective behavior, she of course believes in his innocence. Meanwhile, we see Lieutenant Gerard back in Stafford discussing the case with Captain Carpenter. Carpenter suggests that maybe Kimble is innocent, but Gerard declares it does not matter to him whether Kimble is factually innocent or guilty. The law declared him guilty, and it is not up to Gerard to decide on guilt or innocence, but merely to obey the law and bring in the fugitive.

Child actor Donald Losby (who later plays Sean in "Cry Uncle") plays Monica's son, who at first is cold to Kimble, but later comes to like and trust him more than his own dad.

Actors Harry Townes and Dabbs Greer are very credible as the two police officers whom Ed employs to chase Kimble out of town. Kimble faces severe danger from the police, and from the violent behavior and desire for revenge of Ed Welles.

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